Born into an Abstract Expressionist art scene in Greenwich Village, New York in 1950, Chris Yowell has been immersed in paiting since an early age. His father, the painter John Sheehan (1913-1996) was a close friend of Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock amongst others, and was at the heart of the Abstract Expressionist movement.
Having spent his formative years in New York, after finishing school in Dublin Chris returned to Ireland with his family in the mid-1990's. Chris works from his studio situated on the western border of County Waterford, just outside the town of Youghal.
Yowell's paintings have evolved over a lifetime of experimentation. Central concerns of composition and colour trace through his painting output, be that in strictly abstract work, semi-representational or realism. In his recent work, the simplicity of his forms interact painted in the intensity of almost untreated colour. There is a quiet and meditative energy on the one hand, yet also dynamism and energy. Chris is particularly drawn to capturing an aspect of unique ambience as opposed to paintings recording the actualities of time and place.
Chris Yowell's paintings have sold consistently to private collectors and at auction. He has had a number of solo and group shows.