Christopher Best

American Plein Air Painter


Mystery Forest

16 x 20

Oil

$1,250

The Flower Shop


Oil

11 x 14

$725

McDowell Hall

(St. Johns College Campus)

Oil

11 x 14

$725

Late Light

(Maryland Inn)

11 x 14

Oil

$725

Christopher Best Biography

In the footsteps of American painter George Bellows, Chris Best finds beauty in grit. From his  paintings of old wharfs to corner shops, life appears the way it is: unstaged and natural. 
 
Like his choice subject, Best’s technique is direct and immediate. His compositions are reinforced by long thick brush strockes that charge even negative space with the crafted solidty of form. The effect is a palpable sense of atmosphere, which captures the esssential mood of the scene.
 
As an undergraduate, Best began his artistic career Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA and continued under the instruction of Tim Bell, a fellow Maryland artist.  Best credits Bell as encouraging his “plein air” painting method. Best also studied figure drawing and painting with Robert Liberace at the Art League of Alexandria and at painting workshops in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., where he was first inspired by Bellows’approach to painting American life. 

Fall Drama

20 x 30

Oil

$1,650

Dream Cottage

Oil

16 x 20

$1,250

Valentine Creek

Oil

8 x 10

$525

Leap of Faith

Oil

5 x 10

$750

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Christopher Best ~ Selected Awards & Exhibitions

2018 Best of the Chesapeke Show, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2017 Best Use of Light Award, Paint Ocean City, MD
2017 Best of the Chesapeake Show, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2017 3rd Place Award, Paint Berlin MD
2016 Small Gems show, December, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2016 Best of the Chesapeake show, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD
2015 First Place, Paint Berlin, Berlin, MD
2015 Honorable Mention, Quick Draw Rehearsal, Plein Air Easton, MD
2015 Best of Show, Benfield Gallery Fall Juried Show, Severna Park, MD
2013 Benfield Gallery Fall Juried Show, Severna Park, MD
2010 Solo show, Spotlight Gallery at VisArts
2009 Plein Air Easton - National Juried Competition, Easton, MD
2009 Riverbend Plein Air , Great Falls, VA 2nd Place Award
2008 Best Maryland Artist, Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD


Detailed Map and Directions to McBride Gallery


215 Main Street Annapolis MD 21401 • 410-267-7077

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30, Sunday 12:00 - 5:30, Thursday til 9:00pm