Christian Fagerlund

Biography

Christian Fagerlund was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He currently teaches at the University of North Texas as Senior Lecturer of Figure Drawing and Painting, He received his BA from the University of California – Santa Barbara in 1994 and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2004, where he received the NYAA Postgraduate Fellowship.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011 he was artist-in-residence at Eden Rock Gallery on St. Barths. Since 2004 his work has been shown both nationally and internationally in several solo and group exhibitions. He currently shows work with Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles and Winfield Gallery in Carmel, California.

Artist Statement

I am interested in the subtleties that rise when things settle; whether in a landscape, an interior, a human body or face, or objects around me. A great deal happens in these moments of stillness where time seemingly expands. I capture the subtleties of light, color, form, expression, and mood that arise out of this settling. Reverence for my subject is shown through acute observation and a fundamental appreciation of naturalism. Combining traditional oil painting techniques with a contemporary sensibility is the most honest and cogent way of expressing my vision.

Regardless of the specific subject or medium, I am above all attracted to form – specifically the human form and the ways in which light interacts with, enhances, and plays against it. Light is an equal participant in my drawings and paintings: a clear and assertive entity. A love for the relationship between light and form, a strong sense of design/composition, and an understanding of the power of color, are at the core of my process. My work is based on a visual language first and foremost, and therefore should express and attract on that level. The conceptual intention only acts to enhance the overall experience of the final product.

Scale is also an important aspect of my work; I tend to work either very small or very large. The intentional shift away from a “normal” scale dramatically affects the content, meaning, and interpretation of a piece. In my miniatures I create an intimate experience that is transportive for the viewer, and is as powerful as larger paintings.

I strive for refinement and high-level of description, and consciously avoid the pure (and sometimes cold/distorted) mimesis of photorealism. My work exists within the language of painting and drawing, where a distinctly subjective translation occurs between what is seen and what is described. I purge the frivolous, and create a distilled interpretation of my subject: one that is honest, truthful, and considered.

Selected Exhibitions

2013
Recent work, solo exhibition, Louie Meager Art Gallery, Fremont, CA.

2011
Reflection, solo exhibition, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I.

2010
Recent work, solo exhibition, galleryB, Sag Harbour, NY

2010
Light and Land, solo exhibition, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I.

2009
pacific, solo exhibition, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I.

2006
113 RYERSON, solo exhibition: 5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2005
Fellows Exhibition 2005, NYAA, New York, NY.

Group Exhibitions

2016
Spring Fling, Arcadia Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Arcadia Gallery, Palm Springs, CA.
L.A. Art Show, Arcadia Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2015
Five and Under, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY.
Annual Faculty Exhibition, UNT on the Square Gallery, Denton, TX.
Works on Paper, Arcadia Gallery, New York, NY.
ArtMiamiNY Art Fair, NY Academy of Art, New York, NY.

2014
Annual Faculty Exhibition, UNT on the Square Gallery, Denton, TX.

2013
Selected Works, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA.
Body Politic, National Arts Club, New York, NY.
Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York, NY.

2012
The Drawing Room, Milavec Hakimi Gallery, New York, NY.

2011
Please Swipe Again, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY.
Uncovered, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I.

2009
People, Louie Meager Art Gallery, Fremont, CA.

2008
Reality, Louie Meager Art Gallery, Fremont, CA.
Selected Works, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA.
Summer Exhibition, Jurors: Will Cotton, Nicola Hicks, David Salle. NYAA, New York,

2007
Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY.
Homecoming, NYAA, NY.
Draw, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY.
Summer Salon, Jurors: Jenny Saville, Eric Fischl, Vince Desiderio, NYAA, New York,
Travel-sized: Small works by American Artists, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy,
Place as Object, curated by April Gornik, Eden Rock Gallery, St. Barthelemy, F.W.I.

2006
Group Exhibition, 5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

2005
Group Exhibition, 5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
The Language of Drawing II, Medialia Gallery, New York, NY.
Take Home a Nude, NYAA, New York, NY.

2004
Thesis Exhibition, NYAA, New York, NY.
NYAA Student Exhibition, NYAA, New York, NY.