At Ox and Anchor, a hand-cut paper installation by LA-based artist Chris Natrop meanders along the bar wall. Painted in the bright greens and subtle browns of the changing SLO hillsides, the piece is an organic compliment to other natural materials in the restaurant’s rich design. Centered on the act of cutting paper, Chris’s art is executed in free-form and exclusively with a knife. His pieces are like stream-of-consciousness drawings, a meditation of repetition and reduction into silhouetted imagery that surface as interconnected landscapes.
Chris Natrop is Los Angeles-based visual artist known primarily for his immersive art installations and 2D wall-works made mostly of hand cut paper. Natrop was born in 1967 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 with an emphasis in painting. Natrop’s major installation projects have been shown in museums, art centers, and galleries across the United States. Publications include Los Angeles Times, Artillery Magazine, Architectural Digest, San Francisco Chronicle, BEAUTIFUL/DECAY, New Yorker magazine, New American Painters, and Art in America. Chris Natrop was the 2007 recipient of the Pulse Prize, New York and his work resides in collections world-wide.