Chris Bolden

Surf Artist

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Chris Bolden


Chris Bolden has been painting since 1990. Graduating from Pasadena Art Center College of Design in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration, he immediately began working and is currently an artist on the long-running, animated television series The Simpsons. A three-time Emmy Award winner, he first worked on the show as a background illustrator and designer, and more currently as a color-key artist.

The inspiration behind the Noseriders series came from Chris's 20+ years as a surfer in Southern California. While primarily a short-boarder, Chris was attracted to the timeless grace and style of long-boarders, specifically, the stylish, asymmetrical balance that the surfers' body contorts to maintain perfect balance. Be-it a classic nose-ride, hang'n heels, getting tubed or drop'n a knee, it is that grace and style that Chris so wonderfully translates in his paintings.

I've always respected long-boarders, especially the real stylish guys who take it from a sport or recreational hobby and turn it into an art form. There is just something so cool and stylish about a surfer that really knows how to ride. That 'vibe' is what I want to express in my paintings. So whether it be an art collector or a seasoned surfer, they'll catch that vibe and make that connection.

Sources of artistic inspiration for Chris come from painters such as: N.C.Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent.

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