Chris Vance - Featured Artist for Cottonwood Art Festival May 6-7, 2017

A world of bright, abstract characters

For many artists, small details can inspire big ideas. For Chris Vance, an Iowa-based abstract expressionist, big ideas take form as larger-than-life monsters, crazy characters and lively vistas. Named featured artist of the City of Richardson's Cottonwood Art Festival, Vance's vivid work will be on display May 6-7, 2017 in scenic Cottonwood Park.

A newcomer to North Texas' semi-annual prestigious art event, Vance is inspired by skateboard graphics, graffiti and children's art. His paintings celebrate the fundamentals of abstract expressionism: composition, balance, line and color.

"It's a huge honor to have my work highlighted at Cottonwood this year," said Chris Vance. "I'm excited to show festival-goers how my art has evolved and all of the tiny details that people don't initially notice."

As a graduate of Iowa State, Vance is influenced by other abstract expressionists, including Richard Diebenkorn. An avid skateboarder, Vance has turned his passion into fine art and now creates completely unique characters and quirky monsters.

"I'm always surprised at how people respond to the characters I create," said Vance. "I can't wait to introduce them to the festival. When you see the artwork in person, it has a sticker quality."

Vance's work will join hundreds of other museum-quality exhibits from around the country during the two-day juried art show. The festival will also include live musical performances, delectable dining options and a creative children's area. Visit for additional information.