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Meet Chris Bohlin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Bohlin.

Hi Chris, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’d say it all started when my buddy gave me a camera one day and we ventured off into a national park back in northern Virginia when I was 16. I fell in love and knew that was going to be a part of my life forever. I went and graduated from the Savannah college of art and design studying photography and printmaking (etching, woodcuts, alternative processes). Once I left Savannah, I was living in Atlanta doing streetwear photography and shooting rap videos for a little while and ended up being a part of the raw artist and won photographer of the year which granted me to be featured in a group show in any of the cities they worked in. Long story short, I went to Austin to show my work and ended up moving there a few weeks later. Was amazed no one was documenting these artists I had just met and what was going on out there. I am filming weekly events when I told one of my buddies Chance Roberts That I could film and paint too and he snuck me into a bluetech show. I guess I passed the test hahaha because then I just fell down the rabbit hole both mediums which have brought me all around the country since 2013. Now I’m currently in golden Colorado have moving to Denver in 2016.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
If ya ain’t ready for a bumpy ride then those smoother roads will never present themselves. I’m thankful for those I’ve met along this whacky amazing scary beautiful journey of mine and thankful I’m still here.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Oh, I like to do a lot of things which is a blessing and a curse, haha but I’d say I’m most known for my paintings/murals/video work and being an all-around silly goose. I do video work for Ryan Joseph Gallery here in Denver and have a few murals around town and I paint. My specialty I’d say from conversations with strangers to collectors to artists, with myself to simply observing folks who are viewing my work is creating a feeling, evoking an emotion or thought. That and this swoop thing I do that is what folks know my work for but it really just continues to teach me patience with making sure if the pigment isn’t too wet or too dry And f*ck it up It’s one of those things I can’t just redo. What I’m most proud of? I’m Proud of myself for not giving up because it ain’t over yet and I still got a lot of paintings to paint.

Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
I have a show coming up next year 11/03/2023 in Denver, Co. titled “Thoughts | Comments | Concerns”
Be sure to follow my socials for more updates and gallery teasers!

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