Chris Leib: Bitch

Chris Leib: Bitch

Chris Leib | oil on panel | 8x10 inches

I know it's been 30 years, Bitch, and I just thought I'd write in hopes we could resolve our differences. I've forgiven you for using my crew to incubate your young. Hey, I'd probably do the same, right? I know you were just trying your best. So in the interest of interstellar peace, you keep to your side of the galaxy and I promise not to make another sequel that is 'meh', okay    - Ripley

Gallery1988 (WEST)
c/o 30 Years Later
7308 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Explain your process:

I primarily work in oil paint, building thin color layers over a grey underpainting. It is a very traditional method. But I am not a purist to these techniques, I have added my own variations to the process and allow many random ’accidents’ to shape the formal rendering, providing variation, texture, and hopefully a more corporeal quality to the finished work.

Tell us about this series:

‘Bitch’ was painted for a show titled ’30 Years Later’ at Gallery 1988, Los Angeles. The theme of the show was looking back at several popular movies from thirty years prior, 1985. Aliens was a natural choice for me, as it is one of my all time favorite movies. I remember when it came out, how influential it was for me. The film created a believable world, there was a logic to it. Everything worked well together, the mood, the sets, the political backdrop of the corporate nation state, the relation to technology, how they fought. The idea of looking back on the main antagonist of the film, the alien mother, led me to think of Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother. The idea of putting the Alien mother in that scene made me chuckle. In the final scene, Ripley refers to the Alien mother as ‘Bitch’, hence the title of the painting.

Chris was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his art education at The University of California at Berkeley and then later at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. After which he served an apprenticeship with the master Italian painter Roberto Lupetti. Chris Leib has exhibited his artwork across the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Denmark and Australia. A classically trained painter, Leib has spent over a decade applying renaissance techniques to subject matter outside traditional boundaries. Despite their dark tones, his subjects are characterized by humor and an exploration of heroic imagery. Leib’s art has been positively reviewed in the San Francisco Examiner, Kunst Magazin (Berlin), Hi-Fructose Magazine, Huffington Post, Supersonic, WOWxWOW, BloPop Magazine, CreepMachine, Beautiful Bizarre, and an upcoming feature in HEY! Magazine (Paris) to name just a few. Leib has twice been an Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and has received competitive grants from the George Sugarman Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Leib’s work can be found in important public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Chris was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his art education at The University of California at Berkeley and then later at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. After which he served an apprenticeship with the master Italian painter Roberto Lupetti. Chris Leib has exhibited his artwork across the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Denmark and Australia. A classically trained painter, Leib has spent over a decade applying renaissance techniques to subject matter outside traditional boundaries. Despite their dark tones, his subjects are characterized by humor and an exploration of heroic imagery. Leib’s art has been positively reviewed in the San Francisco Examiner, Kunst Magazin (Berlin), Hi-Fructose Magazine, Huffington Post, SupersonicWOWxWOW, BloPop Magazine, CreepMachine, Beautiful Bizarre, and an upcoming feature in HEY! Magazine (Paris) to name just a few. Leib has twice been an Artist in Residence at the De Young Museum in San Francisco and has received competitive grants from the George Sugarman Foundation and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Leib’s work can be found in important public and private collections in the United States and Europe.


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