Chris Trueman


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Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003, earning BFA degrees in Painting and in Digital Media. He relocated to southern California to attend Claremont Graduate University, earning a MFA in 2010. Trueman currently teaches at Chaffey College and has previously taught at Chapman University, Fullerton College and Santa Ana College. He has guest lectured at Chapman University, Pomona College and Santa Ana College and was a Northrup Grumman Visiting Artist/Scholar at the Museum of Art and History Lancaster.

Trueman has exhibited his work in numerous exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and internationally in Milan, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Rotterdam and Brisbane (AUS). Recently the Lancaster Museum of Art and History presented a solo exhibition of his paintings entitled "Slipstream." His work was also included in the group exhibitions, “To Live and Paint in LA” and "The Subterraneans" at the Torrance Art Museum. His work has been exhibited
at various art fairs including: Dallas Art Fair, Pulse Miami, Pulse New York, TX Contemporary, Art Aspen, and ArtMRKT San Francisco. He is represented in Los Angeles by Edward Cella Art + Architecture, In Brisbane Australia by TWFINEART, in Houston by Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, in Tulsa by Orth Contemporary and in Washington DC by Adah Rose Gallery. Trueman’s work has been included in the publication New American Paintings MFA Edition #87 and New American Paintings Pacific Coast Issues #103 and Pacific Coast Issue #121.


2010 Claremont Graduate University, Master of Fine Arts
2003 San Francisco Art Institute, Dual Bachelor of Fine Art Degrees in Painting and Digital Media


2020 "HERE & NOW", two person solo exhibition, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
2019 “Pacific State” Two person show with Jimi Gleason, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA.
  “Tropical Industrial” TWFINEART, Brisbane, Australia, June
  “After(Image)”, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. March
2018 “Interface” Themes and Projects, San Francisco, CA. December "Color of the Universe
  Changes Over Time", Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD. March
2017 “Parallel” Artist in Residence exhibition, Local Language, Oakland, CA. August
  “Entanglement” dual solo show at TWFINEART, Brisbane, Australia and Visual Artists Group,
  Los Angeles, CA. July
2016 “LAX-->BNE” Solo exhibition, TWFINEART, Brisbane, Australia. June
Chris Trueman and David Hicks, Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. February
2015 “Inversions: Image vs The Real” Curated by John Wolf, Four Six One Nine, Los Angeles, CA. October
"Closing the Gap", Soltesz Fine Art, Portland, OR. October
2014 "ALCHEMY", TW Fine Art, Fortitude Valley, Australia. October
“Beneath the Skin”, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA. March
2013 “Chris Trueman and Mira Schnedler”, (dual Solo shows) curated by Carl Berg, Andrewshire Gallery,
  Los Angeles, CA. August
  “Lineage”, solo exhibition at White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA. June
"Gestural Geometries," Chris Trueman and Joe LLoyd, Artmerge Lab, Los Angeles, CA. May
“Energy.Ecstacy.Edge”,Chris Trueman and Alison Rash, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD. April-June
"Slipstream" Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, January


2019 “Synthesis: Abstraction in Los Angeles” curated by Mario Vasquez, Claremont Graduate University,
  “RE: union” Durden and Ray, Curated by Jorin Bossen, Los Angeles, CA February
  “Land of Milk and Honey” Curated by Bryan Ricci, Backspace LA, Los Angeles, February
  “Paintings from the Interior”, curated by Andi Campognone, UC Riverside Culver Gallery, Riverside,
  “Carte Blanche” curated by Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Studio Gallery, Washington DC, January
2018 “Limitless Space” Orth Contemporary, Tulsa, Oklahoma November
  “Abstract Thinking” R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, October
  “Pairings -Painting/Sculpture”, curated by Carl Berg, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles, August
  “LA Painting”, Art Projects Paia, Maui, August
  "Reunion" curated by John Wolf, Brenda Harrop Art Advisory, Los Angeles, June
  "The Post-Digital Mark", TWFINEART, Brisbane, Australia, April
2017 “Vantage” curated by Julian Lombardi, Finshing Concepts, Monterey Park, CA, November
  "LA Painting: Formalism to Street Art" Curated by Andi Campognone, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis,
  “Simultaneous Contrast”, Curated by Curtis Stage, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, July
  “TRCKR” Kamikazi show at PØST, Los Angeles, CA, July
  “Abstract Miniatures”, Fine Art Complex 1101, Curated by Grant Vetter, March 18th-April 15th. Tempe, Az
  “Abstraction in the Singular”, Curated by Grant Vetter, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, March
  “Something Real” Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January
2016 "Connecting Point LA", Kunstforum Unterland Neumarkt, Italy, September
Rotterdam, Netherlands, September
  "Mondrian Died For Our Sins: Some Recent Painting from New York and Los Angeles", Blam Projects,
Brooklyn, New York, July
“Destination LA, Endpoint Berlin" Berlin Art Projects, Berlin, May
"Parallels and Intersections" Overseas Chinese History Museum of China, Beijing, Marc
2015 “Material Wealth” curated by Anjela Willcocks, Peppers Art Gallery, University of the Redlands, Redlands,
CA, November
"Organic Beginnings" Soltesz Fine Art, Portland, OR, June
“Unbound”, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Culver City, CA, May
"Ges-ture", curated by Carl Berg, Arena 1, Santa Monica, CA, February
2014 “Million Year Picnic”, Curated by Kio Griffith, Gallery Fu, in association with the Yokohama Triennial,
Yokohama, Japan, October
“Driven to Abstraction”, Whitespace Contemporary, Ogden, UT, October
“6018 Wilshire”, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, September
  “MAS 6” Torrance Art Museum curated by ARTRA Curatorial, Torrance, CA, August American Paintings,
Galerie Du Haut Pave, Paris, France, July
“Overpainting - Connecting Point LA” Fondazione Vittorio Leonesio, Puegnago del Garda, Italy, May
"Les Engant Terribles" curated by Grant Vetter, Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA ,May
"Connecting Point LA" curated by Carl Berg, Arena 1, Santa Monica, CA, April
“Behold” Ed Bopp, David Michael Lee, Jon Measures, Chris Trueman, Brett Rubbico Gallery, Newport
Beach, CA, March
  “OC Academy”, Irvine Fine Art Center, Irvine, CA, March
“2040, 100 Years of Certitude”, Jaus Gallery, Los Angeles, February
MAS SFO, Studio 17, San Francisco, February
2013 "Resident Artists", Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA, August
“Nature Redefined” curated by Susan Baik, Read Contemporary, Dallas, TX, July
"IMPRESSION" curated by Carl Berg, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA. March
  "Looking Back at Tomorrow", Royale Projects, Palm Springs, CA. February
"MAS Attack" LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA. January
"Forms of Abstraction" curated by Carl Berg, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA. January
2012 "The Subterraneans” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. September
"Painting the Edge: Redux” curated by Grant Vetter, DEN Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. September
"Celebrity Skin," curated by Raul Zamudio, White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA. August
"Painting on the Edge," curated by Grant Vetter, Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA. July
"Summer of Abstraction," curated by David Michael Lee Coastline College Art Gallery, Huntington
Beach, CA. July
"Happening" LACE Annual Benefit Auction, Selected by David Pagel, Los Angeles, CA. May
  “The Gang's All Here,” curated by Max Presneil , Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT, February
“Space/Adversity/Motion,” DEN Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA. January
“To Live and Paint in LA,” Torrence Art Museum, Torrence, CA. January
2011 “Speculative Materialism II: Abstract Art and Its Conditions,” curated by Grant Vetter, AC Projects,
Pomona, CA, September
“Super-salon,” curated by Steve Hampton, Flagstop, Torrance, CA, September
  “Re:Present,” curated by Durden and Ray Projects, Los Angeles, CA, July
“Entering Abstraction,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, July
"LACE Annual Benefit Auction", Selected by Liat Yossifor, Los Angeles, CA, May
“Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and Its Conditions,” curated by Grant Vetter, D-Block, Long Beach,
CA, April
“About Paint,” Carl Berg Projects, Los Angeles, CA, January
2010 “Eight from CGU, 2010 MFA Grads,” Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, July
“Merging,” Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, May
“Socializing Through the Internet,” Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy, May
“Inaugural Exhibition,” Alexander Salazar Fine Arts, San Diego, CA, March
  “American Paintings,” Wannabee Gallery, Milan, Italy, February


2017 Artist interview, Yale Radio with Brainard Carey
  Artist in Residence, Local Language Oakland
  Abstraction in the Singular Artists Talk, Arizona State University, March 16th, 8-10pm
  Abstraction in the Singular Artists Talk, Bentley Gallery, March 17th, 6-8pm
2013 Artist-to-artist Interview with Rebecca Campbell at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History
2011 Visiting artists lecture, Santa Ana College
  Visiting artists lecture, Fullerton College
2010 Visiting artists lecture, Pomona College


2010 Claremont Graduate University Merit Fellowship Recipient
2010 Anne Peppers Memorial Award
1999 - 2003 San Francisco Art Institute Presidential Merit Scholarship


Chris Trueman by Annabel Osberg, Artillery Magazine, April 17 2019
“Art, interrupted, in ‘Carte Blanche”, Washington Post Review, January 25, 2019, Mark Jenkins
The Multicolored Complexity of Chris Trueman and David Hicks, Feb. 23, 2016 by Andrew Wagner
Monthly Art Column, Feb. 24, 2016, Pasadena Independent by Jeffrey Davis
"Critics Picks" Art Ltd Magazine, January/February issue by Shana Nys Dambrot
New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Issue #121, Dec, 2015
Fresh Faces, 8 LA Artists you should know, Fabrik Magazine by ARTRA Curatorial
Review: “Beneath the Skin” at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, May 8th, 2014 – Art Ltd by James Scarborough
"Chris Trueman's Electric Canvases Will Leave Your Mind Spinning", Huffington Post Interview, March 23, 2014 by
Priscilla Frank
"Harmonious Tension: Chris Trueman and Mark Harrington at Edward Cella Art + Architecture", March 14, 2014,
Artsy Editorial
“Distant Rumbling: A review of Chris Trueman’s Paintings”, July 15, Phillip Chan
“ENERGY. ECSTASY. EDGE” Washington Post Review, May 17, Mark Jenkins
“Artist Chris Trueman Explores Rough Edges And Slippery Color Fields At Lancaster Museum Of Art,” January 31,
2013, Huffington Post
New American Paintings Pacific Coast Issue #103, Dec. 2012
New American Paintings MFA, Issue #87, April 2010
Cheng, DeWitt. "Spatio-Temporal Flux," East Bay Express, October 7-13, 2009: Volume 31, Issue 52
Ringer, Isabelle. "Tsunami of Mixed Media at Joyce Gordon Gallery," Piedmont Post, April 30, 2008
Cheng, DeWitt. "Cosmic Encyclopedias of Human History," East Bay Express, May 28, 2008: Volume 30, Issue 34,


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