The Friends of the Newtown Square Library are delighted to welcome Chris Niedland as the Artist of the Month! An Improvisational Painter who finds his inspiration for painting in music, Chris Niedland’s spontaneous, fluid artworks are highly popular and reminiscent of the "automatic" style of painting which is recognized by Surrealists. For example, the largest piece which will be on display throughout February is an 8 foot triptych called "Love, Hate, Love." The first section of this dramatic piece is filled with the energy and innocence of youth. The second section encounters life's traumas, and the last segment portrays an emergence from the struggles, and the capability to love again - reflected in the softer tones.
Mr. Niedland was formerly an architect, and became personally familiar with Billie Penn’s statue during his work on the City Hall Restoration. After that experience, he moved towards becoming a full-time artist, and has found success with his interpretive art shows in the Greater Philadelphia/New York/ Washington regions.
While his taste in music is eclectic (his piece "Litanies" was based on a baroque organ piece from the late 1800's), much of his inspiration is derived from jazz pieces by artists like Pat Metheny and Stan Getz, as well as the composer Hans Zimmer. By scouring soundtracks on iTunes, Chris builds an inspirational playlist, and runs it in a continuous loop while he creates.
Mr. Chris Niedland’s vibrant paintings will be on display at the Newtown Public Library through February 28th, 2013. All his works are for sale, and he can be contacted at 484-868-1479, through his website at www.niedart.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @uNiedart
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