HOLD: the Brutal and the Beautiful

HOLD: the Brutal and the Beautiful

opening November 4th, 6-9pm
on display through November 23rd, 2022

About the Exhibit:

How is it possible to hold both the Brutal and the Beautiful? How does one hold these seeming opposites? Like oil and water or two moments that occupy the same pixels of a frame, they are always present at the same moment competing for our attention. These paintings explore the unrelenting tragedies of life and the beauty that makes it bearable. 


Themes throughout the exhibit include: 

  • Tragedies saturate our existence. We can no more avoid the Brutal than we can blot out the Beauty of the Sun. 
  • Beauty is ever present. The challenge is to see it.
  • Beauty is the gift that makes the tragedies of life bearable. 
  • The Brutal is a force: Unrelenting, and terrible.
  • Beauty is a river always flowing, always nourishing. 

About the artist:

After Kristopher earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Art from Belhaven University, he apprenticed under the famous artist Thomas Blackshear. From Thomas, Kristopher developed a sense of the way shapes, lines, and forms interact and press into space to shape stories. Those stories reach their greatest potential when crafted in phileo love for one’s audience.

Kristopher is an award winning Art Director at Random House. He has had the privilege of working with authors such as Tim Tebow, Katie Davis Majors, Nick Vujicic, Erwin Raphael McManus, Jeffrey Overstreet, Lori Benton, and many others. Kristopher excels at finding the core idea and figuring out a creative way to say that visually to a specific audience.

Kristopher greatly enjoys the deep thoughts and heart stirrings that come with experiencing art with his wife. When not engaged in aesthetics, Kristopher can be found exploring Colorado with his family.