Chris Cole is a kinetic sculptor and abstract painter. His mechanical works and large-scale, vibrant paintings study the intersections and disconnects between the industrial and natural worlds. Heavily influenced by technologies and aesthetics of the industrial revolution, his sculptural works use markedly complex mechanical structures to celebrate organic constructs. Conversely, his paintings expose beautiful machinery beneath organic frameworks.
Having spent most of his life in the small towns of the Northwest, proximity and the abundance of wilderness has heavily influenced Chris’s subject matter, though he gravitates toward the abstract. Self-taught, he began painting as a teenager. In the mid 1990’s, he branched into kinetic sculpture, for which is now most recognized. Chris currently lives and works in Bend, Oregon.