Chris Snyman

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Works in the exhibition "Between Virtual and Real"

Alter EgoRedemption from 86Parallel Universe

 

 

 

Works in the exhibition "Utopias"
 

kingborrowed wingshy messangerthe angel wept

 

 

Portrait

chris snyman

 
 
Chris Snyman
Fine Art Gallery | 34 Sam Nujoma Avenue | Swakopmund | www.art-in-namibia.com
Martina von Wenzel | +264 81 277 32 14 | info@art-in-namibia.com
 
 
ABOUT CHRIS SNYMAN
A seduction of a special kind
With amazing versatility, Chris Snyman is able to persuasively articulate his ideas in diverse visual disciplines and in a wide range of materials and techniques. Originally trained as a goldsmith, Chris actually loves to make grand statements using vigorous marks in raw materials, sometimes on an industrial scale. Manipulating over-sized sections of mild steel and painting big, colorful canvasses in arbitrary colors, he enjoys the spontaneity and freedom of the big, sweeping brush stroke in evocative compositions. He tends to draw from individual experiences and personal perspectives, often incorporating autobiographical elements. Subscribing to strong moral, religious and private principles, Chris values kindness, loyalty, honesty, tact, wisdom, discipline and old-fashioned good manners highly. His open stylistic experimentation and unrestrained approach to subject matter speak of bold courage, celebrating creative freedom to counter the pitfalls of stagnation.
 
Through the application of daring colour, technique and composition, Chris conveys an intense, compassionate view of his world, committed to depict aspects of joy, happiness and pain in his paintings and sculptures. Regarded by his peers as an artist’s artist, he sees creative expression as a path to self-discovery and to explore spirituality as a way of life.
Celebrating light and energy in his painting, Chris’s personal mythology is strewn with wings and Koi fish. Wings bring to mind angels as beings of light and amplifiers of energy. For Chris, they shrewdly steer the carrier to find personal goals, skillfully maneuvering around problems to uplift the soul. In his work the colorful Koi is a warrior who spares no effort to reach its goal, often applied in association with erotic attraction. Chris finds inspiration in moments of interpersonal relationships and does not shy away from depicting private involvement, telling seemingly familiar visual stories that genially invite the viewer closer and closer - a seduction of a special kind… 
Hercules D. Viljoen
Director - National Art Gallery of Namibia
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 JOINT EXHIBITION WITH PAPA SHIKONGENI, TITLED „HUMANITY „, FINE ART
GALLERY, SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
2014 REPRESENTED NAMIBIA IN A TRAVEL EXHIBITION IN GENEVE/ ITALY & USA
2015 JOINT EXHIBITION, TITLED „ BIPOLAR DREAMS „ WITH HELENA BRANDT,
FINE ART GALLERY, SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
2009 TRANSFORMATIONS, STUDIO 77, WINDHOEK; NAMIBIA
PAINTINGS IN OIL & MIXED MEDIA, SCULPTURES IN BRONZE & WOOD
2010 UNTITLED: EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED, STUDIO 77, WINDHOEK OIL PAINTINGS & BLACK & WHITE INK DRAWINGS
2014 MULTI – FACETS, FINE ART GALLERY, SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA
DESIGNER JEWELLERY
2016 URBAN MYTHOLOGY, NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF NAMIBIA
 
 
COLLBORATIVE PROJECTS
2014 LAND MATTERS IN ART, NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF NAMIBIA
2014 GENDER BASED VIOLANCE, NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF NAMIBIA
2014 PROJECT OPEN ART, NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF NAMIBIA
2014 CELEBRATING COLOURS, ART ASSOCIATION SWAKOPMUND
2014 BEYOND THE CONNECTION, PARIS, FRANCE
2014 OPEN ART PROJECT, TITLED “UTOPIA “, UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG,
GERMANY
2016 ARTISTS OF THE WORLD EXHIBITION, BARCELONA / SPAIN
2016 “ HUMANS “, MADE IN GALLERY, VENICE, ITALY
2016 “ BETWEEN VIRTUAL AND REAL “ UNIVERSITY OF HEIDELBERG, GERMANY
 
 
AWARDS
2011 3rd PRIZE, 2D WORKS, BANK WINDHOEK TRIENNALE
2014 DISTINGUISHED ARTIST, ART ASCENT MAGAZINE
2014 FINALIST, BEYOND THE CONNECTION EVENT
2015 DISTINGUISHED ARTIST, ART ASCENT MAGAZINE
 
 
PUBLICATIONS
2014 REPUBLIKEIN – CHRIS SNYMAN: 'N BIETJIE REBELLIE, SO NOU EN DAN
2013 FLAMINGO MAGAZINE / AIR NAMIBIA – CHRIS SNYMAN “FROM FINE ANGELS
TO FINE ART “
2013 REPUBLIKEIN – HUMANITY ON EXHIBITION
2011 ALLAFRICACOM – TRIENNALE OUT OF ITS CLASS

 

 

 

Interview
 

Which techniques and expressions are used in your art work?
Pen & ink, mixed media & oil for 2D works; cement, aluminum & bronze or a combination hereof for my sculptures
 

What topics do you cover in your art work?
Different topics, but mostly interpersonal relationships, situations or feelings sometimes also with a socially critical aspect.
 

The genesis of the art work
Ancient statues of the Romans and Greeks influenced me strongly. Especially where only basic fragments are left after years of decay. There is a human frailty linked and I try to portray this with a combination of steel and cement. -  There is in each of us striving for something better, on a higher level would be - hence the wings of angels in my artwork.
 

How and where do you create your art work?
Since four years I have my own design studio where I work daily, full – time, designing, creating, welding interesting steel works. My experience as a qualified goldsmith supports this process. My designs are initially simple sketches. The further elaboration begins in my mind's eye. - My two-dimensional work I start with a drawing on the weekend when I get more rest.
 

Experiences: Do have experience within the art industry? (galleries, exhibitions, museums)?
As creative artists, it's hard for me to market my work. I work with a local gallery and the National Art Gallery of Namibia. Both help me to make my work known internationally. or make me aware of certain projects that may interest me. A very good cooperation.
 

Why are you participating in this project “Project Open Art“? What motivates you?
The topic "Utopias“ attracted me and I believe my work does perfectly meet the theme. – I am pleased to introduce my art to a wider public. The Namibian art market is relatively small.
 


 

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