Here you’ll find my art in all its manifestations. I am pretty much self trained. My 8th grade art teacher told me she’d give me a B because I tried hard. Well, a big F-you to her!
I was initially most influenced by Dada. I was in DC during the Spring of 2006 for work and decided to visit the Dada exhibit at the National Gallery. I was shaken by the world the Dadaists were experiencing, the ideas that drove them, and the similarities to our present circumstances. Their reaction to the absurdity and tragedy of the 1910s, WWI and the negative aspects of technology made me feel like I was in a time warp. Was 2006 really just a new version of 2017?
This was a tough time in my life but when fortunately I began to take my depression seriously. Art helped me through that period and changed me. I started working in arts advocacy and volunteering for arts organizations. I also chaired the Carrboro, NC Arts Council board and was a member of the Chapel Hill, NC public arts commission. Ultimately I took a position at the North Carolina Arts Council as the first director of the Creative Economies Program.
Due to many, many moves and the attendant downsizing I gave away the majority of my art. Friends, neighbors, family, the couple who bought our townhouse, and the bartender at the cafe/bar across the street ended up with most of it. After a while it wasn’t hard to get rid of these things that I had toiled over. It became liberating and it helped that all went to people I care for.
I also have a professional website, chrisbeacham.com, where I discuss my work and professional interests. I blog about issues relevant to my career in arts-driven economic and community development and creative placemaking. I also blog in the Arts & Aesthetics section of the site about art and creative events mostly in New York City. For example, I recently reviewed two art exhibits at the Studio Museum in Harlem, one on the great artist Alma Thomas and the other on three terrific and exciting emerging artists-in-residence.
Some of the pieces in the gallery below are still available but others are long gone. Click on the gallery to see larger versions.