I will be participating in the Tenth Annual BLAB! Show at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. The show opens with a reception on Saturday September 12 at 8pm.

Chris Peters Evening Walk Skeleton Painting 

Evening Walk

Oil on Linen over Panel
18 x 24 inches

Chris Peters Unexpected News 

Unexpected News

Oil on Linen over Panel
23 x 20 inches
Chris Peters | All My Love | Skeleton Painting

All My Love

Oil on Linen over Panel
20 x 16 inches
Chris Peters | Leave The Shame Behind | Skeleton Painting

Leave The Shame Behind

Oil on Linen over Panel
20 x 22 inches
Chris Peters | To Hold You Again | Skeleton Painting

To Hold You Again

Oil on Linen over Panel
24 x 18 inches
Chris Peters The Shadow and The Light 

The Shadow and
the Light

Oil on Linen over Panel
21 x 20 inches
Chris Peters | To Love and Protect | Skeleton Painting | Mike Dirnt, Greenday

To Love and Protect

Oil on Linen over Panel
24 x 18 inches
Chris Peters | No Protection | Skull Still Life Painting | Jesse Metcalfe, Actor

No Protection

Oil on Canvas
20 x 26 inches

Finding Beauty in Dark Places

The Germans have a word "unheimlich" that is difficult to translate into English, although a blur between the words "uncanny" and "eerie" perhaps comes the closest to providing a definition.

In each of my paintings, I am trying to find the beauty in that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between self and what writer H.P. Lovecraft called "the others".

The objects in my paintings draw from the classic symbolism of Vanitas still life and Catholic religious paintings; all refer to the cycle of life, death, and the promise of resurrection.

I love this poem by Emily Dickinson:

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth, -the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

My entire body of work is an attempt to capture the feeling I get every time I read it. One day I might succeed, until then here are my paintings...