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Preview: “Chris Mars & Friends” at Copro Gallery

Chris Mars's paintings engross viewers in a dark and macabre world where exaggerated humanoid characters of different colors and sizes find themselves in a dark inferno. Mars's painting style has a sculptural quality to it. The forms he paints appear so convincingly 3D, it's easy to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in the scenes he depicts. On March 21, Copro Gallery will debut "Chris Mars & Friends," which features a selection of Mars's new paintings as well as work by Dan Quintana, Dan May, menton3, and Erik Alos. Based on disturbing events Mars witnessed while visiting a relative at a mental hospital, his new work explores the dark crevices of the mind, approaching this classic horror trope with sensitivity and nuance.

Chris Mars’s paintings engross viewers in a dark and macabre world where exaggerated humanoid characters of different colors and sizes find themselves in a dark inferno. Mars’s painting style has a sculptural quality to it. The forms he paints appear so convincingly 3D, it’s easy to suspend disbelief and immerse oneself in the scenes he depicts. On March 21, Copro Gallery will debut “Chris Mars & Friends,” which features a selection of Mars’s new paintings as well as work by Dan Quintana, Dan May, menton3, and Erik Alos. Based on disturbing events Mars witnessed while visiting a relative at a mental hospital, his new work explores the dark crevices of the mind, approaching this classic horror trope with sensitivity and nuance.

Erik Alos


Dan Quintana


Dan Quintana


menton3


Dan May

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