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ARTIST: Chriss Haight Pagani
BORN: Portland, Oregon
Web Site: ChrissPagani.com

biography

Chriss Haight Pagani (b. 1955) is a traveling painter and photographer  based on the Oregon Coast.  The artist's  work explores the disappearing natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the hidden cultural underbelly of isolation and loss that characterizes contemporary culture. The artist  has been exhibited in Oregon and Washington and  is featured in many private and public collections such as the Ernst & Young of Los Angeles, Mount Gay Distilleries, and the Westport Gallery.

In 2009, Chriss was a winner of the Tillamook County "Best In Class" for works on paper, as well as first place for portraits and first place for landscapes. In 2008, the artist one first place at that same event for landscapes.

Chriss was raised in Oregon and California, having grown up in a family in turmoil; often homeless,  transient, poor.


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  "I am an Oregon native and the primary subject of my art is the natural beauty of Oregon, painted in the naturalistic abstract impressionist style I learned from American Watercolor Society master artist Dominic DiStefano, or photographed with a certain raw, naturalistic  style I owe to to my love for and study of the work of  Henri Cartier-Bresson. Adding to that thread; sister travelers  Juliana Beasley and Vivian Maier - with additional influences and inspiration from masters Winslow Homer and Amy Stein."

  "For me, art is still an escape (of sorts) as well as a profession. My family life in those early years wasn't the only thing that was messed up: In my own deepest personal life I continue to wrestle with issues revolving around meaning and purpose as I agonize over finding what really matters; not to mention issues of gender identity disorder and depression. I've always attempted to be reasonably open about these things, if only because I feel that I owe such honesty to those who choose to collect my works. "

Chriss Haight Pagani, photographer   "My art may be called "award-winning" thanks to a few 1st prizes and  "Best in Class" awards. In addition, my photographs and art have been featured  in a few books and magazines. I am even found - at least occasionally - in a gallery or two, as well as some wonderful individual and corporate collections. I think it is reasonable for me to consider myself to be a master artist at this point in my life and career - yet I am still learning and growing every single day."

  "Homeless no longer, I still prefer to keep things loose and un-anchored. You see - at least  for me - 'home is where my art is.'"


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selected group exhibitions

Survivor Art Gallery (2009)
Pioneer Museum (2008)
Survivor Art (2007)
Tiera Del Mar Arts (2006)

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public and private collections

Ernst & Young, Los Angeles CA
Mt. Gay Distilleries, Barbados

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awards and honors

Best in Class (2009)
Oregon Blue Ribbon for Portraiture (2009)
Oregon Blue Ribbon for Landscapes (2009)
Oregon Exhibitors Choice (2008)
Red Ribbon for Portraiture (2008)
Blue Ribbon for Wildlife (2008)
Oregon Blue Ribbon for Nature Photography (2007)

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publications

Real Feral Cats, The Book 2010
Real Feral Cats (Calendar) 2009
Art Is Dead (essay) 2009
Coffee (DVD, Columbia) 2008
Dogs (Journal of Veterinary Medicine, University of  Georgia) 2007
Western American Literature (University of Utah) 2006  

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