Chris Succo

German, b. 1979

Why Let Serious People Debate, 2014, lacquer on canvas, 68 x 55 1/2 inches


Chris Succo’s crisp, cool abstraction spans a wide range of mediums including oil on canvas and steel sculpture, yet his work shares common themes: a quest to find individuality within the repetition of forms and techniques, elements of appropriation (including the titles of his series), and a minimalist palette of mostly black and white.  Some of the brighter works in his portfolio, the “Flag Pieces,” consist of three diagonal bands of color and texture created by applying lacquer to black-and-white photographs. In these, Succo divides the canvas in a style reminiscent of the Hard-Edged painting movement.