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ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
30" x 24"
“I think I have used my Art as an avenue to open up all the boxes and compartments in my head---things that are so personal, things that I carry around with me locked inside daily life. I think most people struggle with similar issues where they find themselves feeling judged or struggle with acceptance. In viewing my art I hope people will take the time to really see me.”
Adrian Chrissos is an artist based out of the Washington D.C. area who describes that he is well acquainted with change in various aspects of his life. There are times when Adrian enjoys having complete creative control over changes in his artwork such as adding another mark or color to his paintings. At other moments, the change in Adrian’s life is caused by his Bipolar Disorder.
Adrian has found that creating art has helped manage his illness. “I started painting to really connect with myself and let out experiences and emotions that I couldn’t form into words,” Adrian explains. Adrian has explored many ways to cope with his Bipolar Disorder such as creating art, writing music, writing about his experiences and volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Through all of this, he is continually working to dismantle the stigma associated Bipolar Disorder.
Working in an abstract painterly style, Adrian has two distinct styles of expression. Inside A Cork is composed of strong painterly brush strokes that segment the composition into distinct sections. Thick layered paint creates a depth to Adrian’s work that pulls the viewer into a contemplative state. In We Find Another, Adrian creates with watered down acrylic paints. This process creates a fluid composition that has a similar segmented style as Inside A Cork but the feeling created is less structured and more dreamlike.
Helping and being of service to others is extremely important to Adrian. “I want to help those who struggled and those that understand similar challenges facing mental illness and adversity.” Adrian hopes that by joining ArtLifting his advocacy for increased awareness and support regarding mental health awareness will inspire others.
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