Chris Hood

Born in 1984, Atlanta, GA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA, US
B.F.A., Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, US

Chris Hood’s paintings depict layered arrangements of images set against fields of stained color, scattered landscape vignettes, picturesque vistas, “clip art”-style icons and simplified central figures. Painted from behind as opposed to from the front, Hood works in a reverse layering process — as each layer dries it seals the surface, blocking the successive layers from penetrating the canvas. The imagery appears to fracture, double, and dissipate amongst the surfaces. Drawn from an archive of personal photographs, self-portraits, advertising imagery and anatomical studies, the figures that Hood paints seem to be in a trancelike state — dreaming, sleepwalking, or hypnotized — suggesting that the disparate images that make up the compositions may be organized by dream logic or governed by a series of undetermined associations.

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