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Chris Brown moved to Champaign in 1990 and has produced photographs for local clients such as ADM, Litania Sports Group, SourceGear, and various UIUC departments.

To view examples of his work, please visit www.chrisbrownphoto.com

Contact him at info@chrisbrownphoto.com

Being a rocket scientist wasn't the glamorous, exciting job I thought it was going to be. It was actually quite boring. So as a creative outlet I began to actively pursue photography, taking photography classes and going to galleries and museums in my spare time. I've found photography classes are good, but reading photo books and seeing art exhibits are better teachers. The best teacher, though, is taking and learning from my own photos. I've shown my photos in Chicago, Salt Lake City; Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brooklyn, NY.

I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Columbia College where I received my BS in Fine Art. Upon graduation I taught preschool, ages 3 and 4, for four years at the McGaw YMCA of Evanston. It was then that I realized I wanted to become an art teacher, so I enrolled in the graduate program at Illinois State University where I received my MS in Art Education and Art Therapy. Upon graduation, I worked in an Alzheimer's unit organizing art activities and therapy groups for one year. In 2004 I started teaching art to grades 9 – 12 at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, Illinois, where I am presently employed. I am in my ninth year of teaching, and recently received national certification. I have also been a member of the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association since 1998.

I currently show my paintings at Aroma Cafe in Champaign, Illinois, Beads and Botanicals in Urbana, Illinois, and at Po Boys BBQ restaurant also in Urbana, Illinois. I show my work regularly at Artists Against Aids, and have participated in shows held at Indi Go Gallery, The IMC, and at The Coffeehouse in Normal, Illnois.

I am a photographer with a background in photojournalism, fine art portraiture and landscape photography. Although I use digital and film based cameras, my love is wet plate collodion. It is a process invented in the 1850's which uses chemistry, glass, metal, a big view camera and a little bit of sunlight to create photographs.

I have been using the process for nearly 10 years and find it so rewarding. I started making wet plate images after the world seemed to convert from film based cameras to digital. I was working for a newspaper at the time, and we moved from the darkroom to the newsroom. The convenience of digital cannot be matched, but I felt like I lost the creative part that drew me to photography.

I have been using the wet plate process as a living historian, demonstrating the process as it would have been done at Civil War and other history events. I dress in wool, live in a tent for the weekend, explain and demonstrate the process to participants as well as the public.

I also create landscape, still life and modern portraiture with the processes as well. It is a lot of fun, and a complicated but enjoyable way to make photographs :)

You can see more of my work by checking out the links to my web page and my Facebook fan page. Enjoy!

Joseph Gallo has been an artist/experimental print maker for over 35 years.

Early on, collaborations with other artists during his nearly three decade involvement with father and co-founder of Editions in Cast Paper, started Joseph on a life long involvement with all that is intrinsic to paper.
The list of artists during the rise of this fine arts publishing house that specialized in hand paper making include, Victor Vasarely, Agam, Hanna Barbara, Peter Max, Rene Gruau, and Stan Lee, to name a few. (Examples available for viewing at "Joseph Gallo art" on Facebook.com). Joseph is a life long artist.

'What truly drives me is the endless path of discovery that takes place through experimentation and collaboration.
Gallo's current works involve a series of preparations to pre-print papers for Giclee. 'Realizing I could create Photoshop-like effects chemically was a huge breakthrough for me' Gallo adds while discussing his processes.
As far as subject matter, Gallo is motivated by human expression. I recently created works of art for the Jimi Hendrix foundation.
This project involved coupling 35 mm black and white, never before seen prints with Hubble deep space digital imagery. The end result, is a moving graphic depiction of Jimi's sonic inflection (available through, Dan Jaffe(805) 497 7300). Also see, http://gunnarnordstrom.com/

From print making to createing drawings, paintings and to digital imagery one thing stays the same for me. I am determined to employ the tools best suited to convey the feeling I want to express by what moves me originally. As a result, I feel my initial personal experience inspired from the source of the moment is imparted into the work forever.

Regarding specific mediums, I feel at ease with pen and ink, graphite, charcoal, fabric dyes, colored pencil, and oil pastels for rendering. I have worked with oils, acrylics, and water color. As well, I have been employing digital art (17 yrs) and its output for the last four years . I believe in Giclee printing enough so to have acquired a 42" HP 800 that I generate all of my distressed photo works and digital art onto canvas and pre-print, chemically manipulated water color paper with.

Aside from creating fine art, I have always relished the opportunities I have had come along to do graphics for musicians (C.D. covers and albums) The last Gentlemen's "Something to someone" or "cousin of the blues" for Keith Harden, or the promo posters for the Laurence Hobgood Quartet just this last summer. I am always happy to work up promotional material for "Go Retro" the everything vintage shop as well. There has been quit a bit of this activity for me over the years. Numerous examples of my electronic art and chemically altered Giclees can be seen at Fineartamerica.com (search "Joseph Gallo"). Also see, numerouse works at "Pinterest" again, Joseph Gallo.

This artist is available for the generation of custom and site specific installations. Joseph Gallo is also available for corporate/commercial design as well as decorative design. Years of hands on experience with plastics casting, mold making, paper making, silk screening, industrial painting/surface design, fiberglass, epoxy and plaster molding make this artist, designer a solid addition to any artistic, industrial or craft production setting

aka "katoworks art studios" works in all mediums. recent work in hand cast paper, cast plaster. looking for venues to show art. chicago,st louis, indiana. 15 year champaign resident,now living 30 miles south.

Dad, Shooter, Teacher

BFA - Illinois Wesleyan University

part of the Monday Life Drawing Group, Champaign, IL
member of the Craft League of Champaign-Urbana, IL

Lifestyle Photographer specializing in FAMILY | CHILDREN | ENGAGEMENT | WEDDING

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