We had the good fortune of connecting with Perry Chandler and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Perry, why did you pursue a creative career?
Choosing to pursue a creative career comes from a need to constantly be making creative works whether that be paintings, film making, or design. My entire life revolves around my art work and finding a way to support myself doing that has been incredibly self rewarding.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Painter and Markmaker currently living and working in Houston, Tx. I received my BFA in Painting at the University of Houston in 2017 and then moved to Portland, Oregon, and completed my MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in 2020. Formally my paintings are centered around the abstract space of the imagination, and the effects trauma has on this space. My work for the past few years has revolved around his experience with brain trauma suffered in July 2019. This experience has driven me to create work that explores the emotional complexities of Brain Fog, a symptom of that traumatic brain injury that I continued to recover from over the next few years. These ideas have led me to create works where the color white is suggestive of a cloud that drifts through each scene as a major character throughout much of my work during this time most specifically on my paintings made on large raw canvases stretched directly to the wall creating an interaction between the canvas and the space the work exists in. These clouds distort, enhance and disguise emotional and metaphorical elements within the surface. The tropes used in his paintings tell a story of feeling unfocused and separate from reality. My use of color and the levels of noise are tied to emotional states of serotonin or a sinking feeling of sadness. These marks are placed within a mental landscape seeking to explore images that contain elements that feel fleeting and temporary while the surface commands the attention of the room.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m not much of a planner but a few places I would take my friend would be…

For coffee I would go to the Fix Coffee Bar, Duchies Koffee, Agora Coffee.

For Dinner grab a bowl of ramen from Jinya Ramen Bar, or a pizza from Grimaldi’s

Definitely going to the Menil Collection and seeing the amazing work there including the Cy Twombly Gallery

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have influenced my path as an artist and a person so to pick out one or two is really tough, but specifically MK Guth has been a mentor and friend who constantly makes me feel like I am moving in the right direction. I would also like to shout out my best friend and fellow artist Aaron Castro who has been a person I am able to trust to help critique ideas and push my work further.

Website: Www.Lostwordsandcolors.com

Instagram: @perry_chandler

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