Chris Uphues

b.1971, Berwyn, Illinois; lives in Brooklyn, New York

Chris Uphues creates a world of deliriously happy imagery. His work as a street painter, designer, and artist converge around a pictorial language inspired by comic books, Japanese animation, Walt Disney, Keith Haring, and many other forms of popular culture. As the artist explains, “What is most important for me is playing within the conventions of the comic strip illustration where the simplicity of the language partly veils an underlying comment on contemporary culture.”

During his 2005 residency at Tamarind, Uphues explored various papers and drawing materials, creating four editions that make use of the great versatility of lithography, from flat saturated colors to delicate hand-drawn lines dusted with metallic powder.