Artist Chris Kolupski

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Chris Kolupski began painting outdoors as a teenager in the forests of Upstate New York and Canada. After working as a freelance illustrator for five years in Rochester, Chris moved to New York City where he studied portraiture and figure painting at the Art Students League of New York. Instructors such as Nelson Shanks, Everett Raymond Kinstler and Dean Keller shaped Chris’s modern approach to painting from life. Chris continued his studies at Shanks’s Philadelphia painting school, Studio Incaminatti. 
In 2004 Chris founded Boxart Street Atelier in Rochester, New York, where he taught drawing and painting for almost a decade. He continued teaching at Gallery 7 Studio, and currently teaches at Pittsford Fine Art. His Realist Painting Course is an intensive 24-month curriculum that teaches modern techniques for controlling hues, values and chroma, the three dimensions of color. 
When painting indoor portraits, Chris prefers a subdued palette to help him capture subtle skin tones. When painting outdoors, the brilliant light pushes his palette to the widest range of color. He loves hiking and painting rugged landforms like the deep gorges of Upstate New York and the red rock of Colorado and Utah. “There is nothing like painting roaring waterfalls or sun baked badlands. Nothing like the swoosh of a hawk slicing through a canyon updraft as I try to capture fleeting effects of light.”
Life in the Finger Lakes magazine, Jan / Feb 2021 by Nancy E. McCarthy
In the spring of 2017, Rochester artist Chris Kolupski had just completed a large, complex project for a corporate client. He felt depleted and looked forward to unwinding by painting natural landscapes outdoors during a Utah and Colorado vacation with his wife Michele and their two children. “Hiking, painting and travel is as good as it gets for me as an artist,” he [...]

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