Chris Uphues-Upsidaisium or The Wizard Biz

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

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. 

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