Chris Brandell

Chris Brandell

Vienna, VA, United States

About Chris Brandell

Born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Chris evolved her work over the past two decades in her private studio in Vienna, Virginia. Her work is influenced by the intersection of contemporary art and traditional artifacts, which she sees as an important storyline for elevated interior design.

Her non-representational paintings consist of linen or canvas organically layered with oil, gouache, gesso and molding paste while marks are made with pastel, crayon and graphite. Reflective of her edgy and minimal abstract style, her compositions are borne from the freedom of using and applying these materials in often non-conventional ways.

Chris’ work has produced a variety of series over the years, all with the common thread of providing a peaceful and contemplative moment to her viewers. Her work can be found in many private collections, and she is currently represented by: The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY; Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina; Contemporain Fine Art Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Gallery 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I paint to reflect and share a feeling of wholeness and balance. For me, painting is mystical; it enables me to freely explore the contrast and integration of opposing life forces, connections and experiences. My polymorphic shapes are influenced by the later work of Julius Bissier while the washed layers of oil paint and line-work come from an intuitive space that I conjure in meditative moments.

I hope to execute my paintings anonymously so observers may form their own association with the composition. My practice is complete when I leave nothing off of the canvas, but the tension between the negative space and the color and drawing noise feels entirely profound. This reaction to the work is ultimately what I’m seeking for my viewers - for each person to experience, and integrate into their own existence, deep personal connections and subtle moments of peace.”


October 2020 - 100 Women in the Arts Virtual Exhibit, Latela Curatorial & Artsy

March 12, 2020 - Show opening Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

January 2, 2020 - The Anthenaeum Opening Night - Solo Show

Artist Talk, gallery43, Roswell, Georgia from 2-4 pm on December 4.

2016 Athenaeum Invitational Opening Reception: September 25 from 4–6 pm, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Virginia

September 11, Opening Reception, The Mansion At Strathmore, Maryland

June 16, 2016 Opening Reception, Agora Gallery, New York.

July 2015 “No.87″ Featured in British Vogue, Vogue’s Gallery.

May 2015 “Kimono I & II” Featured in entryway photo for’s House Tour of Fashion Stylist Naina Singla.

February 2015 No. 142 Award of Merit in the Four Points Contemporary 4th Biannual Competition

2014 Juried Member, The National Association of Women Artists

January 2015 Seasons Art Exhibition, Overall Category ~ 2nd Place. Light Space & Time Gallery

December 2014 Open Art Exhibition Special Merit Category ~ No. 67. Light Space & Time Gallery


October 2020 - 100 Women in the Arts Virtual Exhibit, Latela Curatorial & Artsy

March 2020 - Sozo Gallery in Charlotte, NC, 4- Woman Group Show - Perspectives and Prose

January 2020 - The Anthenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia - Solo Show

Halo 2017 for Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2017 Athenaeum Invitational-Glow
September 24, 2017 - October 29, 2017

gallery43, Roswell, Georgia

Destination Haus, Amagansett, New York

2016 Athenaeum Invitational
September 22, 2016 - November 6, 2016

Rise Up Group Show Sept 10-Nov 6, 2016 Strathmore Mansion, Maryland

June-July 2016 Agora Gallery, New York

August 2015 Scapes Group Exhibit, the Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Juried by Elizabeth Peake.

April 2015 Spectrum for Salon Simis

November 2014 New Members' Exhibition, the N.A.W.A. Gallery, 80 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011

October 2014 Art Now Group Exhibit, the Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Juried by Cory Oberndorfer, an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Washington University, Prince George’s Community College, and Montgomery College.

September, 2014-january, 2015: Art in City Hall Group Exhibit, Alexandria Virginia.

July 9-August 4, 2014: All Media Group Exhibit at the Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA. Juried by Ginger Hammer, Assistant Curator, Prints & Drawings, National Gallery of Art

June 28-30, 2014: ArtCrasher Group Exhibition, Venice Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

January 9, 2014 - February 3, 2014: Abstract Expressionism, Revisited Group Exhibit. The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Juried by Anne Marchand.

December 4,2013 - January 6, 2014: All Media Group Exhibit. The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, Juried by Marlene Harrison.