Chris Kidd received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis. She was there in the 1960’s when the Northern California Funk movement was just getting started and was introduced to art by taking classes from Wayne Thiebaud and Manuel Neri. After college she lived in Germany for four years and traveled extensively in Europe. There she studied painting and was influenced by the German Expressionist Blue Rider and Die Brucke movements and French artists such as Matisse and Rouault. In 1979 she received an MFA in painting from the University of Hawaii. From 1995-2004 she taught watercolor painting at the Sharon Art Studio in Golden Gate Park.
“Her painting, although highly personal, can be seen as being impacted by Davis Funk, a German Expressionist communication of emotion and the glorious lush colors of the subtropical world of Florida and Hawaii … There is nothing pretty about her people, but there is an appealing sensuous quality to her colors and her paint … Much of the time as we look at Kidd’s work, we really do not know what is going on, but when we take the time to examine it carefully, we may ask what is happening to us and our lives and relationships.”
Art Historian, Curator Emeritus Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
14th Annual 50/50 Show
Juror Julie McCray, SHOH Gallery
Sanchez Art Center
September 9 – October 9, 2022