meet the artist
Chris Van Loan Sr
Chris Van Loan
“The relationship between the artist and their canvas is one of give and take. It is fluid. It requires the artist to be open to energy and a consciousness beyond themselves.” Chris Van Loan Sr. feels that this quote by author and artist Dr. Carl B. Gacono accurately describes his creative process. Chris feels driven by a need to bring something unique into being that did not exist before.
Chris was introduced to art when he was serving in the US Army, stationed at Fort Hood. On his weekends off, he visited Austin where he became enthralled in the rich art and musical culture. Chris hopes that being an ArtLifting artist will inspire other veterans to create and enjoy art.
Chris is now a tech writer by day and in his free time, he pursues his creativity. His approach starts with a blank canvas, paint and paint tools (brushes, scrapers, palette knives, spatulas, and basically any object that he find that helps him create). He usually pours paint on to the canvas and then starts painting as inspiration moves him. Being a musician (singer/guitarist) influences Chris’ art as he sometimes paints guitars that contain elements of abstraction. Chris has also studied Reiki and Tai Chi, so the concept of movement and energy flow from those practices often come into play. Creativity defines his family as well, as his wife and children also share in his love for music, the spoken word, and general expression.
Chris feels that being an ArtLifting artist moves him closer to his goal of becoming a full-time artist. He keeps the following quote by Rumi on the wall of his home studio, “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." Aside from ArtLifting, Chris runs a group on Facebook for Black artists to share their work and support each other. He comments that Black artists are not often known for their expressionist / abstract work, but are usually thought of as portrait painters. This online network unites artists who are often underrepresented in the art world, in an effort to build visibility, support, and community.
2021 Modern Masterpieces exhibition, Downtowner Gallery, Round Rock, TX
2020 Love Show, Austin Arts Space Gallery, Austin, TX
2019 Solo Exhibition, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2019 WEST Austin Studio Tour, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2019 EAST Austin Studio Tour, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2018 The Big show, Round Rock Arts Council, Round Rock, TX
2018 9th annual Distinguished Veterans Art Show, Temple, TX
2018 WEST Austin Studio Tour, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2018 Imagine show, Round Rock Arts Council, Round Rock, TX
2017 Imagine show, Round Rock Arts Council, Round Rock, TX
2019 Co-curator, Military Veterans and Family Art Show, Jerry’s Artarama, Austin TX
2018 Curator, Veterans Art Exhibit, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2018 Co-curator, Military Veterans and Family Art Show, Jerry’s Artarama, Austin TX
2018 Curator, Summer Nights Show (African American Abstract artists), Link & Pin Gallery, Austin, TX
2017 Curator, Veterans Art Exhibit, Artspace Gallery, Austin, TX
2018 Reingold Inc., “Future Map” acrylic painting, Alexandria, VA
2020 Pfizer Corporation, “20”, acrylic painting
2019 Freedom Mortgage Company, selected prints
2021 Conducted artist interviews for the Black Abstraction virtual exhibition presented by Rush Arts Philadelphia
2018 Speaker at Military Inspired Art show, Buffalo Soldier National Museum, Houston, TX presented by Black Art in America
2017 Keynote speaker at the 2017 Creative Forces Conference, FT Hood, TX
Christopher O. Adejumo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Visual Art Studies/Art Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Art and Art History
1 University Station, D1300
Austin, TX 78712
Austin Visual Arts Association
2016 – 2021, Resident artist at the Austin Art Space Gallery, Austin, TX
2017 – 2019, Art work used as the logo for the Austin Bass Workshop, Austin, TX
2015 Best short documentary award, Director, Capital City Black Film Festival, Austin, TX