Whether icing monochrome layers of paint on to recycled LPs or layer upon layer of slices of color to canvas, Christian Vassell is mainly a stunning abstractionist.
Vassell is also an avid reader and researcher, constantly studying books and pamphlet. He sometimes adds the texts of his reading to a drawing to create an graphic encyclopedia of sorts.
recent exhibition history
Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner May 2019
Record Revival: Christian Vassell // NIAD Art Center 2019
Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Art Center November 2018
The Genre Leaps // organized by Margaret Tedesco NIAD Art Center 2018
Christian Vassell // NIAD Art Center 2018
Cyrano // organized By Em Kettner NIAD Art Center 2018
Can Did // organized By Julio Rodriguez NIAD Art Center 2018
Indeterminate Space // organized by Anthony Piñata NIAD Art Center 2018
Affinity // organized by Tim Buckwalter Museum of Northern California Art Chico 2017
The Fourth Dimension, organized by Marja Galpin van der Loo // NIAD Art Center 2017
Shapeshifting Superheavies // organized by Jessica Snow NIAD Art Center 2017
Creature Feature // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2017
Party Animals! // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2016
Abstract Preferences // organized by Anthony Pinata NIAD Art Center 2016
Color + Mark = Christian Vassell // NIAD Art Center 2015
DIS/PLAY // SOMArts Gallery San Francisco 2015
Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project With Nina Zurier // organized by Nina Zurier NIAD Art Center 2015
City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014
Hand To Hand: The Emerging Artists Of UCPLA And NIAD Art Center // organized by Anuradha Vikhram Washington Reid Gallery, Culver City; NIAD Art Center 2014
Championship Vinyl // NIAD Art Center 2013
100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area, edited by Christine Wong Yap, 2019.