Christian Vassell

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.

 // Christian’s available work //

recent exhibition history

What a Wonderful World! // An Exhibition in the Office Suite of Mayor Eduardo Martinez // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2023

Larger Than Life: S/Heroes, GOATs, and Other Legends organized by Zoya Kocur // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2023

Art of the African Diaspora 2023 by Richmond Art center// January – March 2023

Subtle Sweetness organized by Jamie Walsh // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2023

NIAD is for music lovers organized by Xiomara Rosales // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022

NIAD Ink: 35 Years of Prints organized by Andrés Cisneros-Galindo // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2022

NIAD Holiday Gift Guide #1: NIAD is for Animal Lovers ,organized by Dorian Reid // Online Exhibition // November 2022

What’s Cookin’?! ,organized by Terri Moore // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // November 2022

I Wanna See All My Friends At Once, organized by Cone Shape Top // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2022

Feeling Language, organized by Kate Laster // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // October 2022

A New Geometry, organized by e bond // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2022

Color as Energy Field, organized by Chinzalée Sonami // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2022

Creature Comfort, organized by Sydney Pfaff // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2022

Superbloom, organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // April 2022

WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022

Menagerie on 23rd Street, organized by Prajakti Jayavant // NIAD Windows Exhibition // December 2021

Innersense, ushered by Germán Herrera // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2022

Stories, organized by B. Wurtz // NIAD Online Exhibition // November 2021

A Firmament in the Midst of the Waters, organized by Jay Youngdahl // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2021

Mini Mural Gallery // SFMOMA // August 2021

Yielding, organized by Ann Marguerite Tartsinis // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2021

177 Years, organized by Julia Goodman and Michael Hall // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2021

20 Continuous Lines, organized by Veronica De Jesus // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2021

Every Sing, organized by Jesse Malmed // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2021

Diverse Findings, organized by Paulette Nichols // NIAD Online Exhibition // July 2021

Purple Barbara, organized by Richard Zimmerman // NIAD Online Exhibition // May 2021

Forest of Fantasy, organized by Bessie Kunath // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2021

Warming, organized by Good Buy Supply // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2021

Costume Store, organized by Ari Banias // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2021

Artist of the Month Series: We Are Creating Our History, organized by Deatra Colbert, Felicia Griffin and Dorrie Reid // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2021

SPEED, organized by Patrick Reed // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2021

Faces in the Crowd, organized by Elizabeth Lalley // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2020

PODS, organized by sam ho // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2020

Be Heard. Speak Up., organized by Fenwick & West // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2020

Watch TV With Me, organized by Zach Ozma // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

Let’s Do The Time Warp Again, organized by Boyang Hou // NIAD Online Exhibition // September 2020

Charged Particles, organized by Kate Conlon // NIAD Online Exhibition // August 2020

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! (The Fed Up/Can’t Take It Anymore Remix), organized by Jennifer McCoy // NIAD Online Exhibition // June 2020

Nowhere Anywhere But Here, organized by Scott MacLeod // NIAD Online Exhibition // April 2020

Night Vision, organized by Christina Linden // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2020

RE:imagining DIS:place, organized by Michelle N. Jones // NIAD Online Exhibition // March 2020

Two of Swords, organized by Shelli Quintos // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2020

Everything You See is Me, organized by Kristy Luck // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2020

Contrast, organized by Molly Joyce // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2020

Word Soup, organized by Kelly Lloyd // NIAD Online Exhibition // January 2020

Ends, organized by Matthew Weston Taylor // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2019

Glaze Words, organized by Lisa Rybovich // NIAD Online Exhibition // October 2019

A Kind of Movement // organized by Jay Wehnert Portland Art And Learning Studios 2019 

Ether Here Nor There: Anthony Grant x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2019

Hailing From Parts Unknown // organized By Curtis Turner NIAD Art Center 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.