Faces of Denver-Chris Bohlin
Chris Bohlin is a painter, photographer, and videographer living and working in the RiNo Arts District of Denver, CO. He is originally from Washington D.C. and after discovering photography in high school, went on to study etching and monotyping at Savannah College of Art and Design. He taught himself to shoot and edit video, because the video class at his university was always full. He moved to Austin, TX soon after graduation where he met a group of artists putting on pop-up shows. He started documenting them with his photography and was inspired to focus on painting. He also began working as a videographer and editor for a larger production company, thanks to a chance encounter filling in for a friend.
Chris has been in Denver for a year and a half. He moved to Denver because it was the only place he’d visited that made him question why he was leaving each time. Along with the mountains and breweries, he loves the art scene in Denver. Chris says that the artists here support and collaborate with each other, rather than compete. This support and collaboration has helped push him in his art and he is glad to be a part of it.
Chris is now finishing up a body of work, which is called Chromadeath because of the death of color in his work. When he first began painting it was always full of color, so this series marks a change. He delved into some deep, dark places to make these paintings, which will be shown in the new Downing Street Studios, on the corner of N. Downing and 37th. He is a co-founder of this gallery and event space. When I caught up with him for this interview, he was working in the front room that will soon be the gallery space. He is excited to be able to finish the series in the same room in which it will be shown in, a room he also helped to create.
The opening of Chromadeath will be on November 3rd, with limited ticketing. You can see more of Chris’s work on Instagram @bohlguy