Studio visit with Chris Uphues
Chris Uphues is an artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. He lives with his monkey Del where they spend their nights singing to the moon with homemade instruments and generally having a good time.
His work is concerned with an idiosyncratic visual vocabulary embracing toys, folk art, popular and anonymous objects, comics, video games, black light posters, Bosh, the japanese toy designer Popy, islamic architecture, Walt Disney, Osamu Tezuka, chinese opera, persian calligraphy, animation, hindu art, album art, carnival lights and display, tramp art, fireworks, and advertising. He understands the fantastic energy force and formal variety present everywhere in products of everyday popular culture. Looking closely at his work it is full of wonderful and fantastic surprises. He is a true craftsman with a steady hand for details and a polished surface.