' Christian Faur - Kim Foster Gallery
Christian Faur
Color Value: Christian Faur
May 21 - July 31, 2015

Press Release

Link to I-Tunes Book: Christian Faur “A Box of Crayons”

Color Value is an exhibition that delves into the usage, meaning, intensity and value of color in the making of art. Without light, there is no color. Without contrast, there is no difference. Without either light or contrast, there is no value. These artists were selected for this exhibition because they address a wide range of points along the spectrum of color and value. The title “color value” was chosen because it is open enough to tackle many artistic concerns from literal interpretations to multi-layered deductions of what color and value mean.

In his Color Word paintings, Christian Faur developed a coding system with 26 distinct colors, each representing a letter in the English alphabet. The highest frequency letters (vowels) were mapped with the most saturated colors using the RGB color system. The next highest were based on cyan, purple, pink and gray. Lesser degrees of shade, hue and saturation were used for the remaining letters. These paintings are rendered in vertical strips of encaustic color that relate to his color alphabet system. The widths of the color strips conform to the length of the sound of a spoken word. Paradoxically, Faur’s coding system relies on visual poetry in that some sentences will be more visually appealing.

Faur’s Melodie series uses a single constant image to explore in several iterations the weaving of colors, tones, and patterns with the intent to push the limits of his crayon technique. Faur begins by deconstructing a single image into its most basic elements of tone, color, form and resolution. Using traditional artists’ pigments and an encaustic medium, Faur mixes and casts the exact colors and quantities needed for each of the crayons used in a particular work. The highly manipulated image is then reconstructed with these individually cast wax “pixels.”

Past Exhibitions



Time Lapse Video Christian Faur

Harmony of the Seas Link 

Daejeon Museum of Art, “Hello, City! South Korea, Summer 2017 

Art in Embassies, Prague 2016

Awarded Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2013


2016 “Waxed Fruit,” Sherrie Gallerie, OH

2012 “Rods and Cones,” Kim Foster Gallery, NY

2011 “What Color does the Letter Z Make?” Sherrie Gallerie, OH

2010 “The Land Surveyors,” Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2009 “The Language of Color,” Sherrie Gallery, Columbus OH

2007 “Aggregate States,” Sherrie Gallery, Columbus OH

2005 “seg mentation,” Gallery V, Columbus, OH

2002 “visual dialogues,” Gallery V, Columbus, OH

2001 “{1}: the closed set of one,” Ohio Art League, Columbus, OH

“Digits,” Illinois Central College, Peoria, IL

“Autumns Naked Fingers,” Trumbull Art Gallery, Mansfield, OH

1999 “Meditations on the Problem of Time,” Cruz LA Gallery, Venice, CA

“Bohistorical,” Pasadena Arts Council Gallery, Pasadena, CA

1998 “Transitions,” Hello Artichoke Gallery, Santa Monica, CA



2017 “Hello City: Contemporary Art in Asia Pacific” Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea

2017  “Winterfell” Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2016 “Relief” Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2015  “Color Value,” Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY 

“An Inclusive World,” Queens Museum of Art, NY

HeavyLite,” Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

“Pixelated,” Children”s Museum of Art in New York, New York, NY

2014 CONTEXT Art Miami, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, Fla

2013 “Toying with Art,” Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ

CONTEXT Art Miami, Kim Foster Gallery booth, Miami, Fla

2012 “Anonymous,” Strohl Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, NY

“Toy Stories,” Westport Art Center, Helen During and D. Lombardi, Curators, CT

“Bending the Mirror,” curator Michael Goodson, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus. OH

2011 “Monkey Spoon,” D. Dominick Lombardi, Curator, Kim Foster Gallery NY

“Night,” Kim Foster Gallery, NY

“Light, Figure, Form,” Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, NY

“5th Annual Exploring Media,” curator Tim Waldrop, Western Illinois University Gallery IL

“Matter of Representation,” Curator Jane Heller, The Works Gallery, Newark, OH

2010 “Art from the Heartland,” juror Paul Klein, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

“Beyond the Canvas: Masters & Contemporary,” Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, NY

“Anonymous,” D. Dominick Lombardi, Curator, Kim Foster Gallery, NY

“6th Annual Magnitude 7,” Jason Franz, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

“The International Exhibition of Sculpture Object & Functional Art,” Chicago, IL

2009 “30th Juried Show,” juror Chakaia Booke; James Carroll; Michiko Okaya, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA

“National Juried Art Exhibition: Small Works,” juror Leigh Block, Harper College, Palatine, IL

“2009 Academy of Fine Arts Annual National Juried Art Exhibition,” juror Sally Lamb Bowring, Lynchburg, VA (award)

“The 24th Tallahassee International Exhibition,” jurors Bookwalter, Koven, Craig, Tallahassee, FL (award)

“20th Annual International Juried Exhibition,” juror: Elisabeth Sussman, New York, NY

“The International Expositions of Sculpture Object & Functional Art,” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2008 “Critical Space,” The Poet’s Den Gallery, New York, NY

“The International Expositions of Sculpture Object & Functional Art,” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

“The Price of Freedom,” juror Jeanne Brasile, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

2007 “The International Expositions of Sculpture Object & Functional Art,” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

“Thinking the Multiple,” Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography and Video, Amherst, MA

“Ethereal Landscapes” invitational, San Francisco Camera Works, San Francisco, CA

2006 “Art For Life,” invitational, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

“Au Revoir,” Gallery V, Columbus OH

2005 “Ohio Art League’s 94th Annual Juried Exhibition,” juror Dennis Harrington, Columbus, OH

2004 “A Summer Salon,” Gallery V, Columbus, OH

“OH+5,” juror Dr. Louis A. Zona, Athens, OH

“Gateway National Juried Art Show,” juror Christopher Cook, Farmington, NM

“47th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art” juror Donald Kuspit, Chautauqua, NY

2003 “Ohio Art League’s 92th Annual Juried Exhibition,” juror Peter Madden, Columbus, OH

2002 “Abstraction, Figuration,” Gallery V, Columbus, OH

“Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show,” juror Lisa Dennison, Cambridge, MA

2001 “Ohio Art League’s 90th Annual Juried Exhibition,” juror Sue Spaid, Columbus, OH (award)

“Dimensions 2001,” juror Philip Koch, Winston-Salem, NC (award)

“Spring Into Art Juried Exhibition,” Sensibilities Gallery, Granville, OH

“Studio Montclair 4th Annual Juried Open,” juror Hsiao-Ning Tu, Montclair, NJ

“Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show,” juror Maxwell L Anderson, Cambridge, MA

“Art Association of Harrisburg 73rd Annual Juried Exhibition,” juror Susan Cross, Harrisburg, PA

“The 44th Chautauqua Exhibition of American Art,” juror Barbara Rose, Chautauqua, NY

“Fall 2001 Group Show ,” Denison University Gallery, Granville, OH

2000 “Millennium Art Exhibition 2000,” Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999  “Three Times Silver,” juror Richard Ellis, Eagle Rock, CA (award)

1998  “Flesh,” Hello Artichoke Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“Art and Soul,” juror Elena Del Rio, Los Angeles, CA

“Soho Arts Festival,” curator Trudi Abram, Hollywood, CA



2015 “Royal Caribbean: Harmony of the Seas – Art Collection”

2015 “Christian Faur at Kim Foster Gallery,” by Daniel Gauss, ARTEFUSE, January 19

2012  “Coloring Outside the Lines” AMERICAN CRAFT MAGAZINE, June/July

Exhibition Spotlight, HUFFINGTON POST, August 8

LOST AT E MINOR, December 29

Alyssa Crouse, MINUTEMAN NEWS, January 24

Mike Lauterborn, WESTPORT NEWS, February 27

Jackie Mantey, COLUMBUS ALIVE, February 22

Jeffrey Sheban, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, February 27

2011  Alison B. Levy, CULTURE CATCH, July 26

D. Dominick Lombardi, ART EXPERIENCE NYC, Vol. I, No.3

Jill Conner, ARTQUIPS, July 23

2010 DAILY MAIL NEWS, December 29

SPOT MAGAZINE pg54-55, April Issue 2010

GOOD DAY NEW YORK (FOX 5), Julie Chang Entertainment Reporter, NY

DENISON MAGAZINE “The Maker” by James Hale, Winter Issue 2010


D. Dominick Lombardi, CULTURE CATCH, June 22


2009 TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, Mark Hinson, August 28

KHOOLIGAN MAGAZINE (Russian edition), May Issue, 2009

“XXIème century”, READER’S DIGEST (French edition), May Issue, 2009

WIRED MAGAZINE (UK edition), May issue, 2009

“Pointillist Questions”, THE NEW REPUBLIC, May 6, 2009

Tiffany Aumann, THE NEWARK ADVOCATE, March 30

Richard Burton, The First Post, March 4

David Sim, The Daily Telegraph, February 27

Sean Fallon, Gizmodo, February 25

Brian Miller, THE GRANVILLE SENTINEL, February 18

Geoff Gehman, THE MORNING CALL, February 8

Kaizaad Kotwal, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, February 1

Melissa Starker, COLUMBUS ALIVE, January 29

Morgan Baughman, THE SHORT NORTH NEWS, January 2

2008 Lisa Wurster, THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, December issue

2007 Jordan Gentile, THE OTHER PAPER, February 1

Kaizaad Kotwal, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, February 4

Lauren Cattel, SHORT NORTH GAZETTE, February 16

2006 Jacqueline Hall, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, April 2

2005 Melissa Starker, COLUMBUS ALIVE, January 26

2004 Melissa Starker, COLUMBUS ALIVE, June 23

2003 Jennifer Ralph, DIALOGUE, January/February issue

2002 Jeanne Fryer-Kohles, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, September 15

J Caleb Mozzocco, COLUMBUS ALIVE, January 31


Jacqueline Hall, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, February 3

2001 Melissa Starker, COLUMBUS ALIVE, March 1

Joe Sinsabaugh, GRANVILLE SENTINEL, March 1

Jeanne Fryer-Kohles, COLUMBUS DISPATCH, March 25




M.F.A.   University of Danube (Kerns), 2008, Transart Institute, Austria

B.S.   Physics (Deans List), 1997, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA. (Minor in Mathematics).