Chris Beneman is widely recognized as both a painter and a printmaker. Her latest prints are a series of collagraphs inspired by the urban architecture of the High Line in Manhattan, described as “…a pulsing high point” of a recent show at the Greenhut Gallery in Portland. Her collagraphs make a fascinating counterpoint to her acrylic paintings of working waterfronts in Maine.
Beneman makes strong and intriguing use of abstraction in both her painting and printmaking. She says: “In my printmaking work I create pieces based on architectural forms. These deconstructed urban landscapes teeter between order and disorder.” Her “Working Waterfront” series of acrylic paintings reflect the working waterfront as the center of many communities, large and small, all along the Maine coast. These paintings celebrate our connections to the sea, including here in Bath.
Originally from the south shore of Boston, Chris graduated from Bates College in Lewiston and has lived and worked in the Portland area ever since.
Her work has been shown most recently at the Institute of Contemporary Art and Greenhut Galleries in Portland. She has also been included in recent exhibitions at the Attleboro Arts Museum and South Shore Art Center in MA, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; The NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, Washington Printmakers, Washington, DC and the Center for Book Arts in NYC.