Chris Lundy was born in Seattle, Washington in 1984 and lived there for the majority of his childhood. Lundy started his journey into the art world at the age of 5 with the natural talent of being able to create beautiful works straight from his imagination.
Influenced by the works of Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali, Lundy developed a unique style of his own in the Modern Illuminist technique. Modern Illuminism traces its earliest roots to Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald and later to masters such as Rembrant and William Turner. At its core, and at the core of every one of Lundy’s original works, Modern Illuminism is defined by the art of reflecting light through painting.
Lundy discovered his artistic style through years of experimentation with a unique combination of materials. He combines resins with various mediums to create pieces that literally leave viewers in awe. A constant question about his work is, “How on earth was that done?” Many viewers mistake Lundy’s works for blown glass, sand, geodes, or other beautiful naturally occurring materials that have been manipulated and shaped into form on canvas. The reflective quality in Lundy’s work comes from the fact that his pieces are anywhere from a single layer to a dozen layers deep.
Much of Lundy’s inspiration comes from the universe. He was drawn to the cosmos from an early age, ever since he found himself lost amongst the images he discovered in a book of photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope. As such, his work frequently resembles scenes from outer space and reveals the fascination he finds in the sky. The mountains of Breckenridge are a consistent muse for Lundy as well, with many of his works realistic abstractions of the beauty that Summit County has to offer.
One of the constant characteristics in Lundy’s work is the passion that he pours into every piece. Lundy says, “I love this beautiful Earth on which we live and I choose to reflect the love I have onto canvas for all the world to see.”