Chris Wyllie’s work explores issues of beauty, desire and the legacy of a historic material culture. His command of the medium harnesses the energy of discarded remnants and anchors them firmly in the moment and experience of the viewer. Often he will live with found objects or surfaces for weeks or months in order to allow designs to develop organically; over time the objects themselves dictate what image they will hold. Then, through the subtle uses of line and of color mixed with the natural patina of the chosen object, he welds image, technique, and medium together seamlessly. The completion of the creative act is ultimately delivered by the viewer faced with the visual accord he has made, wherein desire and disdain meet.
Wyllie was not formally trained as an artist, but worked with image, paint and color professionally through two decades in film, graphic design, and decorative painting before committing himself fully to making artwork less than five years ago. His work is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Fisher-Landau Center for Art, Gibson Guitar, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and many private collectors. He has been a featured artist at the Whitney Annual Art Party from 2008 - 2012.
Wyllie lives and works in New York City. In September of 2012 Wyllie opened COATES WYLLIE with partner Kristen Coates at 12 West 29th Street, NYC.