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Posted by Chris Kihlstrom on

I have had a long career so far as an artist in New York City. After going through years of working high stress jobs in the New York City apparel industry it took its toll on me. I would joke with my friends that I change jobs more often than some people change underwear. I was just trying to move up in life.

One particularly bad experience was when I moved everything I owned out to Minnesota for a job. After working my tail off I was let go after a short time. To get work again quickly I had to move back to New York again. The stress reached a boiling point.

In my mid thirties I went through a major life changing experience. I found myself in the hospital with a very serious disease. I could not function normally. The disease was so debilitating that I could not fathom how I was going to survive for the rest of my life. Someone at the hospital told me I should just go on disability for the rest of my life.

Over time I was able to slowly recover. At that point I felt I had been given a second chance at life. I wanted to make a positive impact on the people around me. After being kept down for most of my professional career I wanted to inspire others to ascend in life. I know that moving up in life is something that a lot of people besides myself want.

Inspiring others to ascend in life is what I want to do through my art. The message that I am sending is subtle some times and more direct other times. I feel we need to take responsibility for ourselves to find the strength and the answers to move up.   

Eugene Delacroix at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city is now showing an exhibition of the great french artist Eugene Delacroix. The show runs until January 6th of 2019. Delacroix was a very accomplished and well respected artist of his time in the 1800’s. He had a flair for high drama in [...]

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Illustrators 60

The Society of Illustrators located at 128 East 63rd Street in New York City is currently having it’s annual exhibition Illustrators 60. Part One runs until January 27th and Part Two runs from January 31st throughFebruary 24th 2018. Part One showing now is Advertising, Institutional, Surface/Product Design and Uncommissioned. I always love [...]

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Origin of the name Christopher.

While walking though the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago I learned where may name came from. I was looking at the artwork at one of the exhibitions and I noticed this fresco by Domenico Ghirlandaio of Saint Christopher and the Infant Christ. This artist was the head of an important [...]

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The Old Masters Now at the Philadelphia Art Museum

This past week I had the great opportunity to visit the Philadelphia Art Museum’s exhibition of the Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection. The show runs until February 19th. The show is a collection of works from the many different time periods. There are works by John Singer Sargent, Monet as [...]

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The Cloisters Met

I just visited the Met Cloisters this weekend during a warm spring day in upper Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. This museum is dedicated to Medieval art and architecture of Europe. The gardens leading in to the museum are very beautiful. This is a great way to spend a day on the weekend. [...]

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The Clark

The I recently had the good fortune to visit the Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. I was very happily surprised to see all the wonderful artwork that is on display at this museum.  We saw the exhibition Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado which closes October 10 2016. I was impressed by [...]

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Illustrators 59 Call for Entries Now Open!

Join the premier showcase for illustrators! All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 59 annual and included in the exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, on display January 4 - February 25, 2017. A selection of 40 works will tour US colleges through February 2018, the 35th educational traveling exhibition. [...]

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Ralph Steadman Retrospective at the Society of Illustrators this Fall

The Society of Illustrators in New York City will be having a major retrospective of artist Ralph Steadman September 6th to October 22nd, 2016.  The show will be on three floors of galleries showing art from his fifty year career. This may never happen again. I had the good fortune to meet [...]

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Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven Connecticut is a wonderful hidden gem that I discovered this July. I was pleasantly surprised to find so much great art from so many big name artists. There is a lot to see here. It took us two days to see everything in the [...]

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