Chris Uphues-“Upsidaisium or The Wizard Biz”

Exhibition: September 4-26, 2021

La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist Chris Uphues on view from September 4 – 26, 2021. Reception is Sep 4, 2021

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Plain and simple, Chris Uphues is a serial optimist and wants to share his love and happiness with you. Inspired by nostalgic consumerist 1970s flower imagery, hearts, and the smiley face, Uphues renders intricately patterned ink and watercolor works on paper that include a multitude of mini-narratives when given a closer look. Whether it’s a bottle of toothpaste smiling at a pyramid wearing a pyramid hat, or a smiling baseball traveling out of hearts and flowers, flying high alongside some airplanes, these absurdly cheerful, chirpy anecdotes offer a break from the stresses of everyday life. Uphues reminds you that happiness is a basic human right, and we all have the ability to turn our frowns upside down. 

Uphues has been spreading his message for over a decade– creating large and small-scale works with his better half and their company, Better Days for clients such as Big Bud Press, Dark Matter Coffee, Dr. Martens, SOHO House, Mowgli, and General Mills. His murals can be seen throughout Chicago and Los Angeles. 

The artist received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994 and has been included in many solo and group exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Chicago (solo), Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles, and Hamburg.⁠

More info and images coming soon.

Contact Gallery Director Matthew Gardocki for purchase info:  (323)666-7667