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Chris Ams is a multi- disciplinary, award-winning illustrator and fine artist. His passion is for creating vibrant, dynamic art that touches on our shared connection to the natural world, and working with clients to bring their bold, ambitious projects to life in ways that energize, engage and inspire.
He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with his husband, Will and his dog, Cosmo.
Hyperallergic Magazine - 2015
Scene 360 Magazine - 2015
Infected By Art: Volume 4 - 2016
Scene 360 Magazine - 2016
RAW Arts: Brooklyn Visual Artist of the Year - 2013
Scene 360 Magazine : Top 10 Reader Submissions of the Year - 2015
the night sky, the universe, dinosaurs, bones, nature, bugs, textures, old photographs, historical artifacts, camping, hiking, time, monsters and creatures, science fiction and fantasy, sustainable and locally grown food, great coffee, singing, soul music, yoga and meditation
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
An interview with the design collective, Unraveled
Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: If it works, it works. I believe that a great design is a great design, regardless of it’s application. The only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself, so forget about everything… do your own thing, and let yourself shine through your work. It always yields the best results.
Q: What aesthetic or visual ideas affect you the most?
A: Visually, I think balance is key in creating any successful composition. Whether it’s balance in content, color, shape, or contrast, I enjoy work that allows my eye to wander around the piece, rather than stay transfixed in any singular position. Also, work that is visually or emotionally relatable, evokes a sense of awe and curiosity, or hints at the fantastic is right up my alley as well.
Q: Briefly explain your creative process.
A: I love to go on long walks and hikes to recharge, brainstorm, and imagine. I get ideas from whatever environment or mindset I’m in at the moment, but most of my inspiration comes from the raw beauty of the natural world. I typically get a flash of an idea, or concept, and if it sticks long enough, I start to build on the visuals in my mind. It’s more of an intuitive process, and rarely do I sketch out a complete idea before working on a piece. I like to just dive right in, and work out the kinks along the way.
Q: Do you believe in the process more than result or result more than process? Why?
A: I think both are equally valid from a creative standpoint. There is a therapeutic aspect within the process that is valuable in and of itself, and for me, integral to the quality of a finished piece. However, from a design point of view, if the end result is not ultimately successful, then the process also falls flat.
Q: What is the range of methods, materials and styles you are most comfortable working with?
A: I’m a curious person, and I like to get messy, so I try not to stick with any one particular style or medium that is within my comfort zone. As an artist, I am constantly evolving and exploring new avenues of conception. If a certain piece calls for an alternative method of creation, or a certain unfamiliar stylistic element, I will do what’s needed to get the end result that the client and I are looking for.