Chris Finley | CV | Exhibitions 

Born 1971 in Carmel, CA

Lives and works in Petaluma, CA

1993 BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Solo Exhibitions


DROOL, SNATCH, CLEAN AND JERK, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA


The Cure for the Uncanny Valley, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA


The Teased Edge, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


Power Sources, Lombard-Fried, New York, NY


The Friggin’ Curve, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA


New Paintings, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY


New Paintings, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

New Paintings, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA


ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Warp Zone: Section 2, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY


Warp Zone: Section 1, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Level Four, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Level Three, SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


Level Two, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


Level One, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY


Proof, ACME., Santa Monica, CA


Cruise Control, ACME., Santa Monica, CA

The Popsicles Are In Bloom, Bravin Post Lee, New York, NY

Double Click, FOOD HOUSE, Santa Monica, CA


Principle Secret, FOOD HOUSE, Santa Monica, CA

Group Exhibitions


Chris Finley, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, ARTFORUM, Elizabeth Mangini


FINDS,! THE UNUSUAL OBJECT, curated by Joshua Aster and Kristin Calabrese, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA 

Fifty Years of Bay Area Art, The Seca Awards, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA


Works of Paper, ACME., Los Angeles, CA


New Art For A New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions,

2000-2010, Orange County Museum, Newport Beach, CA


Wallworks, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Second Nature: The Valentine - Adelson Collection at the Hammer, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Curator’s Choice, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI


Image Processor, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY


Particulate Matter, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA


Pacific Lines, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

Very Early Pictures, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

Playtime, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Eye Tattoo, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA

Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, 7 USA Venues


ACME. @ Inman, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

Beauty Stripped Bare: LA Black + White, curated by Joe Jarrell, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Before & After Science, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

California 10 Contemporary, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL

Plus One (8 Artists invited by 8 MFA Candidates), F Space, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


Reality Check: Painting in the Exploded Field, Selections From the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection,

Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

Strolling Through An Ancient Shrine and Garden, curated by Chip Tom and ACME., ACME., Los Angeles, CA

New in Town, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Orange County Museum of Art Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA


The Sensational Line, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

Game Show, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Cyborg Manifesto, or The Joy of Artifice, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Pulp Fictions: Contemporary Works on Paper, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Trans Poly Blue, Elliot Smith Gallery, Saint Loius, MO

Stranger Than You, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA


Under the Influence: New Art From LA, curated by Chris Acuna-Hansen, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO,

California Dreamin’, curated by Bruce Hartman, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City, MO

Twisted. Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Inventional, curated by Nowell J. Karten, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Paper Cuts, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Works on Paper (and some other things), ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Anebolle-Amar, Galleri Tommy Lund, Copenhagen, Denmark Der Kleine Hans, Christine Konig & Franziska Lettner, Vienna, Austria

The Perfect Life: Artifice in LA 1999, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC

Art in the Age of the Consumer: Works from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Feldman Gallery, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA

Attention SPAM, curated by Paul Zelevansky, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Art on Paper, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC

Juvenescence, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA

Painting From Another Planet, curated by David Pagel, Deitch Projects, New York, NY


118W/24N L.A./USA, Kunstverein W.A.S., Graz, Austria

Quartoze-20 Los Angeles Artists, Galleri Tommy Lund, Odense, Denmark

Drawings…An Annual Bi-Coastal Invitational, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA

Chris Finley, Greg Foley, John Hansel, Laura Parnes, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, New York, NY


Just Past: The Contemporary in MOCA’s Permanent Collection, 1975-1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Useful Things, New Space, Los Angeles, CA

Defining The Nineties, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL

Acquiring Minds: Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara Collections, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Postmarked LA, P.P.O.W., New York, NY

Real Goods, Manhattan Village Shopping, Manhattan Beach, CA


Contact, The 114th Annual Exhibition, Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA

It’s My Life, I’m Going to Change the World, ACME., Santa Monica, CA


Layered Look, LAX at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Toys/Art/US, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY

S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain), Bravin Post Lee, New York, NY

Nor Here, Neither There, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

Thanks Again, FOOD HOUSE, Santa Monica, CA

Utter Realities, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA

Out West and Back East, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA


Everyday Life, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Germinal Notations, FOOD HOUSE, Santa Monica, CA

Loose Slots, Temporary Contemporary, Las Vegas, NV

ART LA 93, The Los Angeles Convention Center, FOOD HOUSE booth, Los Angeles, CA

Mondo Lot, Broadway Complex, Santa Monica, CA

FOOD HOUSE visits The Art Store, The Art Store Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Group Show, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA



Pollock / Krasner Foundation Grant Recipient


Eureka Fellowship, University of California, Berkley, California


Fleishhacker Award


SECA Award, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California


Art Center 100 Scholarship, Los Angeles, California


Press Democrat Service Award


Marie Walsh Sharpe Grant Recipient



Wood, Eve. “Chris Finley, “ Artillery, July/August, p. 35.

Pagel, David. “Chris Finley at ACME. Gallery,” Los Angeles Times, Calendar, May 8, D13.

Nickas, Bob. Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting. London: Phaidon, 2009.


Cohen, David. “Hanging the Group Shows.” The New York Sun, vol. 124, no. 29, May 27, 2008: 1, 15.


Duncan, Michael. “Chris Finley at ACME.” Art in America Nov 2006: 218.

Baker, Kenneth. “Calamities transformed at Mills” San Francisco Chronicle 9 Sept 2006.

Helfand, Glen. Particulate Matter exhibition catalogue, Mills College Art Museum,Watermark Press, San Francisco, CA.

Black, Ezrha Jean. “Chris Finley.” artUS May/Jun 2006: 9.

Pagel, David. “On a Scavenger Hunt.” Los Angeles Times Calendar Section 17 Feb 2006: E31, E33, illus


Helfand, Glen. “Chris Finley at Rena Bransten Gallery.” Artforum Feb 2005: 178.


Gagnon, Adrienne. “Taking the Bait: Chris Finley’s Art Dives Below the Surface.” San Francisco Weekly Dec 2004: 22.

Baker, Kenneth. “Chris Finley Refuses to Stay Within the Lines.” San Francisco Chronicle 18 Dec 2004.

Buckner, Clark. “Fluttersuckers.” San Francisco Bay Guardian Vol. 39, No. 11, 15-21 Dec 2004.


Colby, Joy Hakanson. “Post-Digital Painting.” The Detroit News 30 Jan 2003: 2C, illus.


Pagel, David. “A Group Show of Figures Studies More Than the Body.” Los Angeles Times 30 Aug 2002.

Jana, Reena. “Chris Finley,” tema celeste May/Jun 2002: 20-21.

Pagel, David. “California Biennial Is on the Right Laugh Track.” Los Angeles Times 17 Jul 2002: F1, F6.

Row, D.K. “Two hands clapping.” The Oregonian 12 Apr 2002: 52, 54-55.

Ellerston, Karrin. “New In Town.” The Portland Mercury Vol. 2, No. 46, 25 Apr – 1 May 2002.

Jana, Reena. “california dreamin.” tema celeste May/Jun 2002: 20-21, illus.

Miles, Christopher. “‘Chris Finley.’ ACME., Los Angeles.” Artforum Jan 2002: 146-47, illus.


Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter. “ACME and the Resurrection of the Miracle Mile,” The Connoisseurs’ Guide to Los Angeles, 2001.

Finley, Chris. “Hotlist.” Artforum May 2001: 30.

010101: Art in Technological Times San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, catalog, Mar 2001: 76, 77.


Campbell, Clayton. “Chris Finley at ACME.” Flash Art Nov/Dec 2000: 108.

Harvey, Doug. “Chris Finley.” Art Issues Nov/Dec 2000: 47.

Pagel, David. “Realism and Imagination Coexist in ‘Drawings V.’” Los Angeles Times Art Reviews 25 Aug 2000.

Pagel, David. “Inspiring Links Between Art and Science.” Los Angeles Times 18 Aug 2000: F2, F3.


Mahoney, Robert. “Warp Zone: Section 2.” Time Out New York 27 Jan - 3 Feb 1999: 58.

Duncan, Michael. “Finley’s Fun House,” Art in America, Feb 1999: 74-77.

Reena, Jana. “Chris Finley.” Artforum Apr 1999: 128.

Roche, Harry. “Chris Finley at Reena Bransten Gallery and San Francisco Museum of Art.” Artweek Apr 1999.


Schwendener. “Planet Hollywood.” Time Out New York 9-16 Jul 1998: 62.

Cotter, Holland. “Painting from Another Planet, New paintings from Los Angeles.” The New York Times 24 Jul 1998.

Pagel, David. “Visual Stimulation in LA.” Flash Art Summer 1998: 116-120.

Schjeldahl, Peter. “Ultraloungerie.” Village Voice 23 Jun 1998: 153.

Knight, Christopher. “Chris Finley.” Los Angeles Times 17 Sept 1998: F-26.

Darling, Michael. “Chris Finley at ACME.” Artforum Summer 1998.

Auerbach, Lisa. “Chris Finley at ACME.” Artforum Summer 1998.

Haines, Gordon. “Chris Finley at ACME.” Art Issues Summer 1998: 45.

Pagel, David. “Giddy Gamesmanship From Chris Finley.” The Los Angeles Times 3 Apr 1998: P.F. 24.


Updike, Robin. “Gallery’s Drawing Card.” The Seattle Times 10 July 1997: 20.

Grabner, Michelle. “Chris Finley, ACME.” Flash Art Summer, 1997: 138-139.

Drohojowska-Philip, Hunter. “Finding Connections to Virtual Reality.” Los Angeles Times 12 Jan 1997: 67-68.

Pagel, David. “Pinball Wizard.” Los Angeles Times 23 Jan 1997.

Goff, Robert. “Culture Comes to Hollywood.” Forbes Dec 1997: 344-345.


Defining The Nineties Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami.

Real Goods Exhibition Catalogue, Manhattan Village Shopping Center, Manhattan Beach, California.

Geer, Suvan. “‘An Embarassment of Riches’ At The Huntington Beach Art Center.” Artweek Nov 1996: 3.

Curtis, Cathy. “Riches Spins Its Gold From Everyday Straw.” Los Angeles Times 14 Oct 1996: F 2.

Pagel, David. “Entering A New Dimension.” Los Angeles Times Calendar section,25 Aug 1996: 7, 89.


Pagel, David. “Friendly Experimentation.” Los Angeles Times 6 Oct 1995: F23.

Levine, Sherri. “Postmarked L.A.” Village Voice 11 Jul 1995.

Greene, David A. “Culture Clash.” Los Angeles Reader 16 Jun 1995.

Pagel, David. “A Life of Hunting Down Perfectly Quirky Bargains.” Los Angeles Times 1 Jun 1995: F3.

Hoving, Thomas. “Art For the Ages.” Cigar Aficionado Summer 1995: 214-226.

Selwyn, Marc. “Report From Los Angeles.” Flash Art Jun 1995: 97-99.

Muchnic, Suzanne. “Beyond the Living Room.” Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1995: 51.

Duncan, Michael. “L.A. Rising.” Art in America Dec 1995.

Wilson, William. “Layered: Purposefully Desperately Silly.” Los Angeles Times 30 Nov 1995.

Miles, Christopher. “In and Out of this World.” Artweek Vol. 25, No. 22, 17 Nov 1995.

Pagel, David. “Finley’s Low-Tech, High-Touch ‘Control’.” Los Angeles Times 20 Oct 1995: F3.

Pagel, David. “Ze News.” Galleries Magazine No 61, Oct/Nov 1995: 33.

Knight, Christopher. “Chris Finley Demystifies A High-Tech World.” The Los Angeles Times 26 Jan 26 1995.

Saltz, Jerry. “L.A. Artists Shake It Up.” Art & Auction Apr 1995.

Pagel, David. “Everyday Art.” The Los Angeles Times 30 Dec 1995.

Public Collections

Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA 

Museum of Modern Art, New York

University of Washington, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

California State University, Los Angeles

Orange County Museum of Art, Orange County, California

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Art Museum, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin