Chris McAdoo is an artist, designer, and entrepreneur living in East Tennessee. His artistic work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, private collections, and publications around the country. An active studio artist for over twenty years, Chris is also an accomplished designer, strategist, and speaker. 

 

Chris is currently the director of strategy and engagement for the Knoxville EntrepreneurCenter, home to the first official ETSY Maker City. Chris has also worked with Community School of the Arts “Side by Side” exhibition and sat on the board of non-profit radio station WDVX. 

 

Chris started his artistic career as a printmaker, and has recently donated his collection of letterpress equipment and presses to the University of Tennessee printmaking Department.

“My most recent series focuses on memory (or the lack thereof) and the significance that we attach to objects and places, particularly when we take them out of their original context. My work is an extension of my own experiences growing up in the south and a comment on my connections that give me a visceral reaction to the past rather than simple nostalgia. While the paintings speak to me in a very particular way, I would much rather suggest a narrative to the viewer than to lay it all on the table.”

 Work Left to Be Done

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood Panel

 28 x 18 x 1.5 in 

$1,200

Is That What You Meant?

Acrylic and Mixed Media on Wood Panel

28 x 18 x 1.5 in

$1,200

“This is where it all started for me. A boat is like an empty canvas - it’s like a clean sheet of paper - the ultimate “liminal space”. College ruled notebook paper. Or a blinking cursor on a computer screen. All at once terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Like life. I’ve been enamored with the shape and purpose of a boat - not just as transportation but as a VESSEL. A vessel for time, for dreams, for memories…a vessel from one shore to the next. The sweet liminal space. The quiet. The contemplative. The inner self. The sound of a paddle pushing against the water. Can you hear it? Water - it’s the sound of laughter. It's the sound of stillness. In a world of movement."

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