Chris Natrop's artwork is centered on the act of cutting paper. Executed free-form and exclusively with a knife, his process has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique that has developed over the past several years.
Natrop displays his “knife drawings” directly on the wall, or combines multiple pieces into three-dimensional, floor-to-ceiling installations. He has shown his work throughout the US and Europe and has recently completed a series of commissioned public sculptures in Dubai, Houston, and Los Angeles.
Natrop currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Mari Forge (who grew up just south of Fond du Lac in Eden) and their son Orion.
Natrop was born in 1967 in Milwaukee. He grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and relocated to California after receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992.
Exhibition Dates: March 11 - May 7, 2016
Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in each congressional district. This contest is open to all high school students in the District, and can include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, mixed media, digital art, and photography. The overall winner of each district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
Exhibit Dates: April 21 - May 7, 2016