Chris Trueman: Absence of Atmosphere


Edward Cella Gallery is proud to present a new body of works by Chris Trueman in an exhibition entitled, Absence of Atmosphere. Embracing a world of emptiness, where everything seems to exist on the verge of dissolution or liquefaction; Trueman creates layered supercharged compositions of gestural paintings with shifting grounds and unsettled relationships of foreground and background.

In the artist’s third solo show with the gallery, Trueman marks a new relationship in his practice with the Light and Space movement so indelible to the art of the West Coast. Confronting the perfection of surface, the new paintings are punctuated with unstable fluctuations and reversals yet saturated with daring atmospheric spectrums. Though crafted of minimal, thin layers of acrylic Trueman’s newest series of paintings are anything but delicate. They are slippery, and they have both the transparency of glass and the flashes and grit of human hormones.

Trueman states, “I want to make paintings that appear to be making themselves as though they have been frozen in a state of transition, in the process of shedding off their previous selves, caught mid shift in a cycle of becoming and of self-destruction. I think they also speak to fragility, transience, and change.”


Chris Trueman has had solo exhibitions at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; and Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include Read Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; DEN Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.  He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003, earning dual BFA degrees in Painting and Digital Media. He relocated to southern California to attend Claremont Graduate University, earning an MFA in 2010. Trueman currently teaches painting at Fullerton College and Santa Ana College and has previously taught at Chapman University. He has guest lectured at Chapman University, Pomona College and Santa Ana College and was a Northrup Grumman Visiting Artist Scholar at the Museum of Art and History Lancaster.


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