About Chris

Chris Lyter is a lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania. Using palette knife and brush, Chris employs dynamic color and contrasting values applied with a combination of smooth, refined brushstrokes and areas of thick, textured impasto to produce immersive, three-dimensional works of art.. Chris’s paintings can be seen in galleries, venues, and private collections throughout the region and the country. He lives and works in rural Perry County, Pennsylvania with his wife Lisa and a canine assistant named Maya.

Artist's Statement

Creating abstract artwork opens my mind. My process for creating an abstract painting is free flowing and natural, allowing me to follow the painting as it evolves rather than attempt to adhere to a preconceived notion of the end result. I often only have a vague idea of color palette and composition when I begin painting, at times ending up with something vastly different from what I may have initially imagined. This, to me, is the adventure of painting abstraction. The process forces spontaneity. The painting can become a reflection of the thoughts, emotions, and mood I experience while I work.

Some of my paintings are abstract representations of recognizable material such as a landscape, seascape, or sky. Others are pure abstraction composed of seemingly random shapes, lines, forms, colors, and values. All attempt to convey depth beyond simple paint on canvas. They are an exploration of the less obvious; some dreamlike and ethereal, others bold and energetic. For me each painting represents an escape from the usual and commonplace, into a sort of alternate reality. They cause me to question, wonder, and think.

-Chris Lyter

Exhibitions

  • 2012 – Solo Exhibition, “Perry County Home”, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA
  • 2014 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery@Second, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2015 – Group Exhibition, “Atmosphere”, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA
  • 2015 – Group Exhibition, “Man Cave”, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA
  • 2015 – Annual Juried Exhibition, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA – Third Place (paintings)
  • 2016 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery@Second, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2016 – Annual Juried Exhibition, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA – Honorable Mention (paintings), People’s Choice Award
  • 2016 – Five Artist Invitational Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg PA
  • 2017 – Solo Exhibition, Gallery@Second, Harrisburg, PA
  • 2017 – Solo Exhibition, “Move Beyond”, Perry County Council of the Arts, Newport, PA
  • 2017 – Solo Exhibition, “Dimensional Abstraction”, Third Street Studio/Cafe 1500, Harrisburg, PA
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