18 June – 6 September 2021
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
2 Phillip Law Street, NewActon ACT
Chris Salter is an emerging artist who has been creating at The Art Factory since 2020. He creates layered works with intuitively placed shapes and marks. Chris predominantly works with soft pastel, oil pastel and acrylic. He has exhibited in 5 Years (2021) at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Together More Than Ever (2021) at Riverina Community College Gallery and The Art Factory (2020) at The Curious Rabbit.
The Art Factory in Wagga Wagga is part of the national Supported Studio Network that provides a framework for visual arts studios that support the professional development of artists with disability. The studio is a supportive and nurturing environment where each artist can be themselves and have autonomy.
This body of work brings together four modern abstract works by Chris. He creates works with intuitively placed shapes and marks. Chris’s works are multilayered, featuring marks made by different mediums. Chris creates textures in his works by layering mediums and adding collage materials and adhesives. He creates these marks using brushes, sponges and blending tools.
Chris revisits marks and shapes he has made in previous works but is also passionate about exploring new mark-making techniques. His unrestricted palette constantly changes between muted and pastel tones. Chris predominantly works on a very large scale. He constantly rotates his artworks as he adds details to different areas. Because of this technique, many of Chris’ works have no perceivable fixed orientation.
This exhibition is part of the IGNITE program for artists who identify as disabled, D/deaf, HOH, chronically ill, neurodiverse or who have lived experience of mental health issues.