Chris Trueman received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Painting and Digital Media from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. His explorative process produces works that combine coexistent traditions in abstract painting and reveal tensions between genres.
Trueman explores the temporality of representation through abstraction by constructing new systems and modes in which the material of painting converges with the visual aesthetic of digital and photographic imagery, discovering the possibilities of paint’s articulation of space, surface, time, and image. His most recent work is painted on large-scale Yupo, a synthetic paper that is then mounted on Sintra. The unique interaction of the smooth Yupo surface and acrylic paint, both sprayed on and applied with a brush and squeegee, allows for marks and forms to function as either positive or negative space. This back-and-forth relationship of positive and negative reverses the norm of gestural painting by presenting the gestural mark and its inversion within the same space. While the mark is a record of movement or idea, the negative gesture forms a transparent boundary between previous and subsequent layers.