Christian Hastad

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Artwork as reflection, process, and subtlety

Beginning with traditional chiaroscuro drawing and limited palette oil painting, Christian has thoughtfully navigated through classical forms of figurative imagery and has arrived at a contemporary way of approaching, seeing, and creating. This new way of approaching the passion of painting, drawing, and sculpting has lead to intense and often rapid style shifts and movements. From abstract color fields, calligraphic expressionism, and minimalism to landscape and maximalist gestural styles, Christian’s process strives to produce artworks of which rigid definitions inexplicably escape.

Each artwork is 100% hand crafted, from the stretcher bars to the application of paint. This dedication to process, high quality material, and visceral imagery/object-hood shines in every individual piece.

 

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Education

2015, Associates in the Arts, Central Lakes College

2020, Bachelors in Fine Art, University of Minnesota

Awards

2017, University of Minnesota Art Contest Winner

Group Exhibitions

2017, Arts Quarter Festival, Regis West Gallery

2017, Student Art Show, Coffman Memorial Union Student Art Gallery

2018, Arts Quarter Festival, Regis West Gallery

2019, Thaw, New Rules, Minneapolis

2019, Trash The Garden, Vine Arts Center, Minneapolis

Residencies

2019, Artist in Residence, Rafter