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Chris Volion’s type of art is not for the impatient. Look closely at his pieces and you will begin to see very small dots that create a larger work of art. Chris said to me, “it’s not being patient, it’s being obsessive.” He finds something calming about all the dots. However, he does credit Tom Waits and Echo & the Bunnymen for helping him get through some of the work.
I will let us bio and interview do the rest of the talking:
Chris Volion was raised amidst the languorous bayous and murky swamps of Louisiana’s cajun country. His childhood imagination germinated under layers of local superstition, voodoo culture, vintage cartoons, and far too many sessions of Dungeons & Dragons.
After long exile, he’s returned to New Orleans where the ghosts of the city spur his imagination.
1. What kind of art do you make?
I draw and then produce my own prints. I draw using a technique called stippling where you use a series of small dots that make up the entire piece of work. After I finish drawing them, I scan them, and then make prints of them.
The drawings tend to be dark fairy tale-esque mixed with surrealism with a healthy dose of Catholicism. I do lots of drawings of saints. People in New Orleans tend to like them.
2. How long have you been in business?
My earliest memory of drawing is with one of those multicolor Bic pens. I was drawing a man with a bulbous nose. After being an Army medic, I had a degree in Art and ended up teaching graphic design. Then it hit me in my gut that I missed drawing.
In 2014, I realized I hadn’t draw anything in a decade. I went to Missouri with my wife and decided that while I was there I would see if I could still do this – turns out, I could. I then started doing all those things I was teaching my students.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
I actually tend to stay away for commission work. Even my smallest drawings tend to take a few hours.
5. Lagniappe Info.
You can fine some of my prints at Beatrixbell in Algiers Point.
One of the greatest things about being here is living in an area that is so proud and steeped in Catholic tradition. I was surprised at how well my saint drawings went over. I have all kinds of folks who love them – metalheads, tattoo artists, young, and old.
New Orleans is so interesting – the history and the patina that’s on the city. I can see a funny brick I like and then put it into one of my drawings later on.
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