Chris Curchin

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Artist's Biography

Chris Curchin attended the Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts on a National Scholastics Scholarship, studying film in an experimental film program.He showed regularly at Highwire Gallery co-op in the 1990's and has exhibited work at the Allentown Art Museum, Delaware County Community College, William Way Center among others. A self-taught painter, he currently works at an arts-based preschool in Philadelphia.

Artist's Statement

I never studied painting formally and it was few years after I began to experiment with it in 1985 that I began to take it more seriously. When I first started For some years my work was thick with anxiety. I often felt overwhelmed by what I was making. Paintings, often faces, seemed to stare back at me. I came to want to escape from the way they looked at me.

I switched gears a number of times, delving into the non representational for a time and I even tried to stop painting all together but that proved to be futile. Around that time, after working on a Moroccan inspired decorative painting job, I began playing with dotted designs on heads and faces: the surfaces covered freehand with dots and dotted designs, lines and shapes. Flower, rosette, sun, teardrop and leaf: for me implying the particle and the etheric. Over the years my painting evolved, influenced very much by experiences with Reiki, Affect Theory, and meditation.

Recently I have been exploring the all-over background of lines and dots with figures or multiple figures as a focus and also close ups of eyes and paring them together.

For me it is a playful way to express an allusion to matter and energy fields and as counterpoint to the drama of the figures themselves.

Selected Exhibitions

Borders Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Portraits, Philadelphia Art Alliance Dining Room, Philadelphia, PA

Two - Person
Solid World and Other Paintings, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
With Jeanne Nugent

215/620 Emerging Regional Artists, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
Juror: Donald Kuspit

Member Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, at Ice Box Project Space and Grey Area, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

2nd Annual Juried Show, William Way, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

29th Annual Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Juried Exhibition

A Sense of Place, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
Juried Exhibition

Hanzpeak, Reiki School and Clinic, Philadelphia, PA

Annual Exhibition, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Borders Center City, Philadelphia, PA

4th Annual Exhibition, William Penn Charter School, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition
Jurors: Ivy Barsky and John Ollman

Candle Opera: Installation by candle light, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selective Vision, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Jeanne Nugent

WaterIslandBridge, Multi-media installation and Outdoor Sculpture, Petty’s Island, Camden, NJ and Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1992 - 1995
Highwire Collective Rotating Group Shows, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cathartic Fixations and Concrete Abstractions: 3 Artists, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

2008 - present
Teacher/Manager, AKWD Preschool, Philadelphia, PA

1999 - 2008
Assistant Teacher, HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy

1978 - 1999
Various Restaurants and House Painting


Artists of Northern Liberties 2005 Calendar (January)
Juried publication

Theater Design

Set Design and Construction, "Gothic Tales," Greg Giovanni, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Set Design and Construction,"Napoleon Pullapart, Parts 5 & 5 1/2," Big Mess Theater, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

Set Design, "Lucy: The Opera," Big Mess Theater, Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA


University of the Arts(formerly Philadelphia College of Art), Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Film/Animation