SummaryChris Stain's stencil work explores inner city life from inside and outside of the individual. His new book Long Story Short examines the architecture of emotion, inspiration, and creativity that comprise his artwork and his life. In this aesthetically DIY narrative collection the artist shares writings, letters, photographs, artwork, and memorabilia in an attempt to seek out and share the source of his inspiration.
Compared at times to the American Social Realist movement of the 1930s and 1940s, Chris's work echoes his upbringing and the people who helped shape his mental and physical landscape. His work illustrates the struggles of the unrecognized and underrepresented individuals of society.
Chris Stain grew up writing Graffiti in Baltimore, MD in the mid 1980s. Through printmaking in high school he adapted stenciling techniques, which later led to his work in street stencils and urban contemporary art. Chris currently teaches art in New York City and is pursuing a BA in Art Education.