Chris Pfister

About

The latest body of work by Yale educated, Wyoming-based artist Chris Pfister is a collection of oil paintings executed in beautifully selected and hand-mixed palettes of grey, sepia and black and white. Pfister’s groupings make no overt declaration, but rather lead the viewer to investigate the history and interconnectedness of exploration and mechanization seen within the last two hundred years or so. Painted as snapshots of moments in history, Pfister’s groupings present a series of images that relate to one another in their sense of cause and effect, while documenting the growth and industrialization of our world.

Biography

Chris Pfister was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, in 1957.

In 1975, Pfister moved to Lewiston, Maine, to attend Bates College.  Pfister had studied at Bates for two years when he was encouraged by his teacher, painter Robert Feintuch, to take part in the vibrant art world of New York City. In 1977, Pfister took his teacher’s advice and spent a year and a half studying at the New York Studio School, a unique and important institution founded by Mercedes Matter, a former student of Hans Hofmann.

Pfister returned to Bates College later in 1978, following his time at the New York Studio School. A Bates French professor encouraged him to begin new studies in Provence, France (Pfister’s mother was a French native), where he worked from 1978-79 at at The Lacoste School of the Arts with painter Paul Resika, among others. Pfister received his bachelors in Fine Arts from Bates College in 1980.

When he completed his undergraduate studies, Pfister returned to live in New York City but found himself with too little time for painting; he soon moved to Upstate New York.  There he worked on a horse farm, doing the groundwork for racehorses. During his years in Upstate New York, Pfister rose early each morning, and completed his work on the farm by the early afternoon, so he could spend the remainder of his day painting. In this period of time, he created an impressive body of artwork and applied to the masters program in fine arts at Yale University, where he would later earn his MFA in 1985.

Following Yale, after another decade and a half in New York City, Pfister re-connected with his roots and love of the natural world and moved to a ranch on Gooseberry Creek, Wyoming, where he has lived and worked for over 15 years.  He divides his time between the ranch and Cody, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Pfister makes all of his own oil paints and starts each day in the studio by mixing colors. This devoted practice intensifies his relationship with painting and creates a uniqueness in his work.

Exhibition

2015 – “The Monochromes,” Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2012 – “Chris Pfister and Piper O’Neill,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Washington

2011 – Winston Wächter Fine Art, Seattle, Washington

1999 – Between the Muse Gallery, Rockland, Maine

1998 – “For the Birds,” Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, Maine

1997 – Group Show, Turner Runyon, Houston, Texas

1997 – “American Landscape,” Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1997 – “Landscape and Abstraction,” James Graham & Sons, New York, New York

1997 – “Classics Revisited,” Winston Wächter Fine Arts, New York, New York

1996 –  Winston Wächter Fine Arts, New York, New York

1995 – “Terrestrial Bodies,” Zoller Museum, Penn State University, Pennsylvania

1995 – “Up the Garden Path,”  Dolgenos Newman Work Space, New York, New York

1994 – Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1994 – “The Seer,” O’Hara Gallery, New York, New York

1993 – John Post Lee Gallery, New York, New York

1993 – “Twilight Intervals,” Pat Shea Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1993 – Littlejohn Smith Gallery, New York, New York

1993 – Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

1993 – John Post Lee Gallery

1992 – White Columns, New York, New York

1991 – John Post Lee Gallery, New York, New York

1991 – Betsy Rosenfeld Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1991 – Lyric, White Columns, New York, New York

1990 – Jamie Wolff Gallery, New York, New York

1990 – Betsy Rosenfeld Gallery, Chicago, Ilinois

1989 – Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, New York

1989 – “Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting,” Whitney Museum at The Equitable Center, New York, New York

1989 – Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, New York

1989 – “Memory and Artifact,” Barbara Fendrick Gallery, New York & Washington, D.C.

1989 – “Landscape,” Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, New York

1989 – “Landscape,” Betsy Rosenfeld Gallery, Chicago, Ilinois

1989 – Annual Benefit, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, New York

1989 – Pat Stavaridis Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1988 – John Davis Gallery, New York, New York

1988 –   Bess Cutler Gallery, New York, New York

1987 – Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1987 – Downtown Perspectives, Adelphi University, New York, New York

1987 – White Columns, New York, New York

1987 – “Looking at New Work,” Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, New York

1987 – New American Landscape, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1986 – Second Avenue Gallery, New York, New York

1985 – Thesis Exhibition, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1979 – The School of Art, Lacoste, France

Selected Bibliography

Ash, John. “Chris Pfister at Bess Cutler Gallery.” Art in America, November 1989.

Anderson, Alexandra. “The Next Generation.” Smart Magazine, October 1989.

Glueck, Grace. “The New Romantics Paint the Past.” The New York Times. September 10, 1989.

Kimmelman, Michael. “So Sad, So Pastoral, So End of the Century.” The New York Times. October 20, 1989.

Kimmelman, Michael. “Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting.” The New York Times. October 20, 1989.

Larson, Kay. “Memory and Artifact: Romanticism Revisted.” New York Magazine. November 13, 1989.

Mahoney, Robert. Review. Arts Magazine. April 1988.

Mahoney, Robert. “Gallery News.” Flash Art, April 1991.

Mahoney, Robert. “Chris Pfister at John Post Lee Gallery.” Arts Magazine, September 1991.

New Art Examiner. Review. Arts Magazine. April 1998.

New York Magazine. Review. Arts Magazine. November 1996.

Zinsser, John. “Chris Pfister.” New Art International. May 1989.

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BY CHRIS PFISTER:





CHRIS PFISTER
Giraffe

2014-15
Oil on canvas
59-7/8″ x 48″ / 152.1 x 121.9 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Arrival

2013
Oil on canvas
9-1/16″ x 12″ / 23 x 30.5 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Battle Field

2013
Oil on canvas
9″ x 12″ / 22.9 x 30.5 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Billy Brooks

2015
Oil on canvas
26-1/8″ x 18-1/16″ / 66.4 x 45.9 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

CHRIS PFISTER
Telescope

2014
Oil on canvas
55″ x 44″ / 139.7 x 11.8 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Harvest 

2012
Oil on canvas
28-1/8″ x 34″ / 71.4 x 86.4 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Elder 

2013
Oil on canvas
20″ x 16″ / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Chromosomes

2015
Oil on canvas
9″ x 12″ / 22.9 x 30.5 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Map #3

2014
Oil on canvas
24″ x 30-1/8″ / 61 x 76.5 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

CHRIS PFISTER
Rio 

2013
Oil on canvas
14″ x 18″ / 35.6 x 45.7 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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The Scholar  

2013
Oil on canvas
12″ x 9″ / 30.5 x 22.9 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

CHRIS PFISTER
Oil Field Aerial 

2015
Oil on canvas
28″ x 24″ / 71.1 x 61 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

CHRIS PFISTER
Twister  

2014
Oil on canvas
12″ x 16-1/8″ / 30.5 x 41 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Riverbed

2015
Oil on canvas
12-1/8″ x 20″ / 30.8 x 50.8 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

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Young Astronomer

2014
Oil on canvas
26-1/8″ x 26″ / 66.4 x 66 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister

 

Tiny Landscape

2014
Oil on canvas
4″ x 5″ / 10.2 x 12.7 cm
© 2016, Chris Pfister