High Artist Spotlight: Chris Paul

Throughout his illustrious career, the multi-talented Chris Paul has been a master of various mediums, including oils, acrylics, charcoal, inks, watercolor, and many more. His passion for art began at a very young age, and he has been honing his craft ever since.

At the tender age of 18, Chris was already considered a master of the fine arts, having won numerous local art competitions before he even turned 17. His talent was undeniable, and his unique artistic style quickly caught the attention of art enthusiasts.

However, in 2022, tragedy struck when the artist lost vision in his right eye due to long-term complications from Type One Diabetes. Despite this setback, Chris remained undaunted and continued to create stunning works of art, albeit with some modifications.

Determined to share his vision with the world, Chris decided to sell his original works as high-quality giclee and canvas fine art prints. This decision allowed him to continue creating his art while also making it accessible to a wider audience.

Over the last two decades, Chris has incorporated mixed media, conceptual, experimental, and digital tools into his artistry. He has a particular fondness for creating original works of art that convey strong emotions and tell a story. He finds immense joy in creating illustrative images for advertising, where he can use his artistic skills to convey a message or tell a story in a unique and captivating way.

Chris Paul's art is a true testament to his talent, perseverance, and passion. His works are a reflection of his soul, and each piece is imbued with his unique artistic style and perspective. He continues to inspire and captivate art lovers around the world with his stunning creations.

His works can be viewed online through his social media channels on Instagram, Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook.
We recently caught up with Chris after High Art 2023 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

Deep in my imagination late at night in silence, and while I am on a good walk outdoors in nature.

Why do you do what you do?

Creating art is very therapeutic for me.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

Van Gogh, Monet, Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Picasso.

What themes do you pursue the most?

Nature and environment, portraiture & identity, social issues & activism, culture & tradition, relationships, fantasy & surrealism, spirituality, memory & nostalgia, life & death, dreams and the subconscious.

What role does an artist have in society?

Artists play a multifaceted role in society, contributing to cultural preservation, entertainment, social commentary, healing, and more. They express their individuality and creativity through their work, which can inspire and broaden our perspectives. Art can act as a form of social commentary and critique, allowing artists to address social, political, and cultural issues. At the same time, art can help to preserve cultural traditions and history, serving as a means of passing on knowledge and stories to future generations. It can provide entertainment and pleasure, offering an escape from daily life and the opportunity to experience beauty and joy. Additionally, art can serve as a form of healing and therapy, allowing individuals to express their emotions and work through personal challenges. The power of art lies in its ability to move us in profound ways, inspiring, challenging, and motivating us to think critically and feel deeply.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Art reflects the human experience and serves as a powerful tool for expressing emotions and exploring complex issues. I believe that art has the ability to inspire and move us, to make us think critically and feel deeply. It can be used to spark meaningful conversations and to help us better understand ourselves and the world around us. Whether it's through painting, sculpture, music, literature, or any other medium, art has the power to connect us as human beings and to enrich our lives in countless ways.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't be afraid to make mistakes: Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, and it's important not to let fear of failure hold you back from trying new things. Embrace change. Stay open to new experiences, be kind to yourself, and prioritize your own well-being while pursuing your passions and goals.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Yes; On my playlist right now is: Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Avatar: The Way of Water soundtrack, The Shawshank Redemption soundtrack, Inception soundtrack, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves soundtrack, E.T. soundtrack.