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About the Artist

Christopher Adam Lessley was born in the small rural town of Tulare, California in 1981. He has studied fine art, particularly drawing, painting and sculpture at both the University of California and the California State University. Dissatisfied with bellicose, anti-humanist curricula he funded his own art investigative expedition to Rome, Italy in 2005 mid-way through his academic career. He received his Master of Art in 2011 and continued his historical art studies abroad in Paris, France in 2015.

A vocal advocate of objective skill-based, traditional art-making methodolgies Mr. Lessley admires and supports meaningful art that preserves and promotes humanism through a strong sense of beauty and grace in what has become known as the contemporary classical-realist movement.

Mr. Lessley is concurrently employed at Bakersfield College as an adjunct professor specializing in drawing and art appreciation education in addition to being the proprietor-director of Grip Fast Artworks. Learn more here.

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

MA 2011 Painting, California State University, Fresno
BA 2005 Painting, California State University, Fresno
CADD - Applied Technology, Fresno City College

AREA(S) OF SPECIALIZATION: Drawing, Painting & Sculpture

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (murals, sculpture & public art):

2013 Seaside Retreat, 16' x 6', collection of Fred Haas
2012 Crazy Bernie Mattress Kingdom Trompe-l'oeil
2011 Crazy Bernie 18' x 36' Mural, business signage
2004 Bronze statue at Pete Beiden Field (gating/casting)
2004 Tribute to William Saroyan Sculpture Renovation
2003 26' x 18' mural for Fresno Indoor Soccer

SOLO SHOWS:

2010 Vitruvius Exposed, Conley Gallery, California State University, Fresno

JURIED GROUP SHOWS:

2016 Faculty Show Bakersfield College
2004 Reveiller Exhibit of Regional Artists at the Quady Winery
2004 Out of Context California State University, Fresno
2003 Reveiller Exhibit of Regional Artists at the Quady Winery
2003 Diversity California State University, Fresno
2003 Art in Motion California State University, Fresno
2002 Reveiller Exhibit of Regional Artists at the Quady Winery
2002 Fluidity California State University, Fresno
2001 College of the Sequoias Annual Student Show

PUBLICATIONS:

Discourses of Distance among the Maya
Edited by Timothy W. Pugh and Cameron L. McNeil
(illustration; Agency, Alterity, Appropriation: Post-classic Lowland Maya Uses and Modifications of the “Mixteca-Puebla” or “International Style" by Keith Jordan)

STUDY ABROAD:

Paris, France 2015
Rome, Italy 2005

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS & HONORS

2006 Provost Award; Distinguished Achievement in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activities
2004 Creating Movement Award presented by Campus Peace & Civil Liberties Coalition