Chrissa Star is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle and is best known for her large figurative drawings and colorful abstract paintings. Her works often depict and celebrate diverse women with an alluring hint of mystery: hidden secrets, stories, and traumas. Her figurative works merge symbolism and abstract expressionism, with Star citing Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele as major influences. In her paintings you can expect to find hammered nails, broken glass, and glitter, as well as techniques including blowtorching and chemical testing on batches of homemade encaustic wax.
A fixture in the Seattle art scene for over two decades, Star continues to work, donate, curate and volunteer for art events and galleries including the Seattle Art Fair, Center of Contemporary (CoCA), Bemis, Artist Trust, Bellevue Art Museum, Chrissa’s Wine Bar, Consolidated Works, MoPOP, Gallery 218, Vital 5 Productions, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Bumbershoot.
Chrissa earned her Fine Art Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee and was the Ruth Milofsky Scholarship recipient. Her work has been exhibited in over forty curated solo and group exhibits, and she is currently in a 3-year artist-in-residency with Slightly Subversive.