Chris Natrop

 12/5/2016 - 01/01/2017

My studio practice has centered on the act of cutting paper. Executed free form and exclusively with a knife, it has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique, a meditation of repetition and reduction. Immediate cutting decisions and the intentional lack of pre-planning allows for the discovery of ambiguous silhouetted imagery that surface as interconnected landscapes. 

While specific meanings vary from piece to piece, the underlying thrust of my work is based on the evolving concept of confronting a new type of landscape reborn out of a futuristic vision of an annihilated land. Although I believe the world is a glorious chance-evolution, the pressure placed on it through human intervention puts it in a precarious situation that may force it to unravel. I counter my existential foreboding by offering fantastical visions of future days. 

The work is cut paper drawings that either stand alone or are translated into a variety of other rigid materials. Both the original paper cutouts and fabricated objects are arranged in floor to ceiling combinations interrelating as a unified whole. The addition of directed lighting and projected motion graphics transforms these collections into immersive, multifaceted environments. Full-scale installations become complete worlds once the viewer enters the scene. 


Chris 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. He was an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, and a resident at Vermont Studio School. Natrop's major installation projects have been shown at Craft and Folk Art Museum, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Armory Center for the Arts Pasadena, Holland Papier Bienniale, Winghall Museum, Vincent Price Art Museum, Long Beach City College, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Taylor De Cordoba, MOCA Jacksonville, Chapman University, Sonoma County Museum, BANK, and Overtones. Publications include L.A. Times, Artillery Magazine, Architecture Digest, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle, BEAUTIFUL/DECAY, Tema Celeste, THE Magazine, New Yorker magazine, New American Painters, and Art in America. Chris Natrop was the 2007 recipient of the Pulse Prize, New York. Commissioned work includes U.S. Consulate in Dubai, Los Angeles International Airport, Harry Winston Jewelers, and Facebook, Inc. Natrop's most recent public project is a site-specific installation in the lobby of Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles.


Education & Residencies

2006 Affiliate Artist, Headlands Center for the Arts, Saulsalito, CA

1994 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

1993 B.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Emphasis in Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Silver Sun Supernova @ Cooper Design Space, Annie Wharton Art Consulting, Los Angeles, CA

Silver Sun Afterglow, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

Between Light and Half Light, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

2015 I Think Its Going To Rain, Usable Space, Collaboration with Gregory Klassen, Milwaukee, WI

Flatness Amasses, Keystone Art Space, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Little River Mashup, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Lily Ponder, University of Maine Art Museum, Bangor, ME

2010 myopic spring tangle, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Dewdrop Cloud Machine, Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL

Dewdrop Redux (curator Habib Kheradyar) Art Gallery @ Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

2008 And Further the Dewdrop Falls, MOCA Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

2007 Lost in Space, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA

2006 Into the Silver See-Through, Bank, Los Angeles, CA

fern space blast, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA

white white mayday in mustard and gold, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2005 11 ., (curator Susan Joyce) OVERTONES, Los Angeles, CA

2004 spring paper twist, LiveArt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003 Fault Lines, Windhover Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac, WI

Linkage: An Installation by Chris Natrop, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001 New Work, Bay Area Center for the Consolidated Arts, Berkeley, CA

1996 Place Pigalle Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Fata Morgana, (curator Larissa Nickel) Atelope Valley College Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA

Half Light Singularity, Jolly Night at the Races, The Old Marijuana Factory, Los Angeles, CA

Paper as Art, U.S. Department of State, Harry S Truman Building, Washington, D.C. 

2015 Paperworks, (curator Howard N. Fox) Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Fiberlicious, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

45 North Squared, Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac

2014 Fold, Paper, Scissors, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions, Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA

Obsessive Reductive, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, CA

2013 In Case We Don’t Die, (curator Bibi Katholm) Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA

2012 Original Copy: Contemporary Printmakers, Traditional Techniques, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA

2011 9-11 Show, Pierogi, Booklyn, NY

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October 2016

Paper Cuts, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA

2010 Salon No. 4, Works 092 - 140, Marine Art Salon, Santa Monica, CA

2009 Pandemic Show, Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

infinity, (curator Andrew Schoulz) Scion Installation Space, Culver City, CA

CUT: Makings of Removal, (curator Rebecca Trawick) Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Under the Knife, (curator Sinéad Finnert-Pyne) The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

2008 CUT: Makings of Removal, (curator Karen Rapp) Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles, CA

UpCycling: Recuperating Past Lives, A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Party Favors, (curator Holly Myers) Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Raw Boundaries, KN Gallery, Chicago, IL

Holland Papier Bienniale 2008, Museum Rijswijk/Coda Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Possible Impossible: Six Artists at the Brink of Abstraction, (curator Holly Myers) Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, LA, CA

2007 Around the Pool, (curator Terri Lindbloom) Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL

Drawn Out, (curator Pam Posey) Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, Santa Monica, CA

Behind Crossed Doors, (curator Jeffery Mohr) Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Neveda Collage, Incline Village, NV

Laced in History, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboyben, WI

2006 Pause (curator Rebecca Miller), Blackbird Space, Miami, FL

PAPER: First anniversary group exhibition, Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago, IL

First Annual Group Show, Taylor De Cordoba, Culver City, CA

Inner Spaces / Outer Limits (curator Greg Klassan), Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI

Drawing Group Show (curator Brian Mullman), Mor York Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Interjacent (curator Gioj DeMarco), I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Excavating Realities: Darlene Charneco and Chris Natrop, Mixture Contemporary, Houston, TX

Cross Pollination (curator Gay Dawson), Santa Rosa Musuem of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA

2004 BIG, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Happy Art for a Sad World (curator Hélianthe Bourdeaux-Maurin), Spike Gallery, New York, NY

ecotopia (curator Reed Anderson), LUMP gallery, Raleigh, NC

Close Calls: 2004, Headlands Center for Arts, Marin Headlands, CA

2003 Placebo, The Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA

PERF, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany

Visuri Bucati 2, Museul de Arte, Brosav, Romania

New American Artists, Galleria Ruggieri, Genoa, Italy

X-Zincografia-Open Space, Venice, Italy

Split Dreams, 473 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

Visuri Bucati, Romanian Literature Museum, Bucarest, Romania

VERNLAND, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA

2002 Order Bipolar, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ReOrganica: An Evolving Exhibition, Soap Box Gallery, Venice, CA

Centering: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Sacred Art, SMOVA, Santa Rosa, CA

New Work from Five American Artists, Arte Contemporanea Genova, Genoa, Italy

ReOrganica, Melting Point Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2001 Re: Duchamp Project, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey

Landscape Group Show, BACCA 1010, Berkeley, CA

Public Commissions

2016 Facebook, Inc, Menlo Park, CA: 16x133' cut paper wall releif

Facebook, Inc, Playa Vista, CA: 22x15x15' multi-piece cut-paper hunging sculpture in main atrium

2014 Baker & McKenzie, Houston, TX: 52' polished brass wall relief in main lobby

2013 Morrison & Foerster, AON Building, Los Angeles, CA: site-specific 16-foot hanging sculpture in main entryway

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October 2016

2011 Harry Winston Jewelers, designed window displays for four continual seasons in 23 global salons; created holiday façade for the Park Ave Harry Winston HQ

U.S. Department of State, Dubai Consulate: site-specific three-panel wall relief. 

2007 The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, China: All white paper piece for the lobby. 


2016 Molly Elizalde. These Aren't Your Typical Arts and Crafts. sweet ( Aug 17, 2016. 

David Pierson. Facebook's new L.A. digs have frozen yogurt, yoga and no privacy. Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2016. 

2015 Edward Goldman. KCRW Art Talk. An Exhibition that Happily Shreds Its Prime Material. Nov 10, 2015. 

Ezrha Jean Black. Artillery Magazine. Cut Paper, Consuming Plastic, Cold Steel, Colder Flesh: A week-end’s worth of museum shows in Los Angeles. Oct 12, 2015. 

Deborah Vankin. L.A. Times. On Craft & Folk Art Museum’s golden anniversary, ‘Paperworks’ is a cutting-edge gift. Oct 9, 2015. 

Michael Slenske. Architecural Digest. Paper Takes Center Stage at Los Angeles’s Craft and Folk Art Museum. Sep 23, 2015. 

Mary Louise Schumacher. Milwaukee Journal Setinel. Artists’ ecosystem installation explores fragility of life. Sep 4, 2015. 

2014 Jillian Sullivan. San Francisco Chronicle. Reductive art exhibition is expansive for mind. January 30, 2014. 

2012 ____. Portland Press Herald. Chris Natrop Lily Ponder. Sep 5, 2012. 

2011 Yasmine Mohseni. Beyond the White Cube. Chris Natrop, Installation Artist. September 20, 2011. 

2010 ____. BEAUTFUL/DECAY. B/D’s Best of 2010- Cut Paper, Part 1. June 24, 2010. 

Peter Frank. Blague d’Art: LA Galleray Array in May. Huffington Post. May 2010. 

Shana Nys Dambrot. Chris Natrop: myopic spring tangle. Flavorpill. Apr. 2010. 

Heather Taylor. Interview Taylor Made: Upcoming exhibits at Culver City art gallery Taylor De Cordoba bring two exciting LA artists into the spotlight. Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. Mar 2010. 

Elizabeth Field & Brian Vu. Chris Natrop: Persistent Impulse to Create. Rebel Magazine. Feb 2010. pp 46-59. 

2009 Edy Pickens. Review: Scion: Infinity. Oct 2009. 

Fariyal Billah. Paper cutting takes a lead role in CUT: Makings of Removal Exhibition. The Breeze. Oct 2009. 

Christopher Michno. Holey Sheet: Paper goes under the knife, er, scissors for the “Cut” art show. Inland Empire Weekly Oct 2009. 

Sara Marie Miller. Journal of the Southern Graphics Council. Dewdrop Reflex: Interview Artist, Chris Natrop. Winter/Spring 2009. 

Scarlet Cheng. Review: Under the Knife. THE: LA’s Monthly Magazine for the Arts. Aug 2009. 

Frances Anderton. Waste Not, Want Not. (radio interview) Design And Architecture. WCRW radio. Los Angeles, CA. 

2008 Annie Wharton. Cut: Makings of Removal. THE: LA’s Monthly Magazine for the Arts. Nov 2008 p. 44. 

Scarlet Cheng. Paper work? Bring it on. Los Angeles Times. Oct 26, 2008. 

Shana Nys Dambrot. CUT: Makings of Removal. Flavorpill. Sep. 2008. 

____. MOCA Presents Paper Cuts: Contemporary Drawing At MOCA,, Aug. 9, 2008. 

Shana Nys Dambrot. Rules Help Control the Fun. Flavorpill. Jul. 2008. 

Elaine Lee. Paper Works. d+a magazine. Issue 042. 2008. pg. 58. 

Kendra Dority. Goodbye Realism, Hello Abstraction. The Occidental Weekly. Feb.12, 2008. 

Emma Gray. L.A. Confidential. Jan. 2008. 

____. Recommended Exhibitions. Art Scene Los Angeles. Feb. 2008. 

____. Saatchi Gallery Magazine. Top 10 Shows In Los Angeles This Month. Jan. 14, 2008. 

2007 New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition. (juror: Alma Ruiz, curator MOCA LA) Dec 2007. ____. Artist Spotlight: Chris Natrop, Casa Sugar ( Nov 16, 2007. 

2006 Holly Meyers. Works’ energy is just so L.A. (review). Los Angeles Times. Dec. 8, 2006. 

Caryn Coleman. Interview: Chris Natrop. Nov. 1, 2006. 

____. Recommended Exhibitions. Art Scene Los Angles. Dec. 2006. 

____. Flavorpill Los Angeles. Oct. 31, 2006. 

____. Flavorpill Chicago. Jul. 18, 2006. 

2005 ____. The Ultimate Basel Blog, MIAMI HEAT: INSIDE THE FAIR. Artinfo. Dec. 4, 2005. 

New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition. Dec 2005. (juror: Connie Butler, MOCA LA) pgs. 3, 106-109. 

Shana Nys Dambrot. Chris Natrop (review). Tema Celeste. No. 110 Jul-Aug 2005. pgs. 74-75. 

Stephanie Cash and David Ebony. Front Page: SCOPE. Art in America. May 2005. p. 53. 

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October 2016

Rebecca Epstein. Paper and Profound. LA CITYBEAT. Apr. 28, 2005. p. 54 (reproduction). 

____. Flavorpill LA. Apr. 27, 2005. 

2004 Melissa Goldstein. Chris Natrop’s Material World. 7x7 Magazine. Apr. 1, 2005. pgs. 15, 35. 

Lise Sarfati. Across a Crowded Room (uncredited photograph). New York Magazine. Aug. 23, 2004. p. 115. 

____. Happy Art for a Sad World (review). The New Yorker Magazine. Jul. 26, 2004. p. 16. 

“By Hand” Spark. PBS KQED Channel 9. San Francisco. Orig. air date: Jul. 14, 2004. 

Kenneth Baker. Art Notes: More “Close Calls” at Headlands. San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook. Jan. 20, 2004: p. D1. 

2003 Jamey Hecht. Natrop: Drawing with a Knife. NY Arts Magazine. Nov. 2003: p. 33. 

Roberto Juarez. Split Dreams: Chris Natrop’s Strange and Beautiful Worlds. NY Arts Magazine. Sum. 2003: p. 55. 

Lee Reinsch. Abstract exhibit examines nature’s bizarre qualities. Fond du Lac Reporter. Jul. 22, 2003. 

Andrea Hansen. Artist Chris Natrop Exhibits Work. The Mayville News. Jul. 20, 2003. 

Luiza Barcam. Visuri Bucati: Vern Exhibition in Romania. ArtMargins: Contemporary EuropeanVisual Culture. June 10, 2003. 

Patrick Sullivan. Infinite Views. artMuse Sonoma Museum of Visual Art Quarterly Magazine. Feb. 2003. 

2001 Daniel Rothbart. North Berkeley: A Hot Bed Still. NY Arts Magazine. Nov. 2001: pp. 12-13. 


2007 Pulse Prize, Pulse Art Fair, New York

1988 First-Year Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Baker & McKenzie Morrison & Foerster Facebook, Inc. Jane Glassman

U.S. Consolate, Dubai Harry Winston, Inc. Susan Joyce Microsoft, Inc. 

The Capital Group Paula & Leonard Granoff Heather Taylor & Alex De Cordoba Giambattista D’Aste

Chapman University Irv & Gail Weintraub Peter & Densie McCorimick The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen

J. Johnson U.S. Department of State

Catalogues, Essays, Monographs

2013 Bibi Katholm. In Case We Don’t Die (exhibition catalogue) 

2011 Jaime Zollars. Push Paper. Lark Crafts. pp. 50-53 (monograph) 

Laura Heyenga. Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2011 (monograph) 

2010 Jean-Charles. l’art de la découpe. Paris: Éditions Alternatives. 2010. pp 42-43 (monograph) 

Marine Art Salon. 004 Works 092-140. Feb 2010. (exhibition catalogue) 

2009 Andrés Fredes. Handmade 3D. Barcelona: Index Books. 2009. pp. 78-85 (monograph) 

Paul Sloman (editor). PAPER: Tear Fold Rip Crease Cut. London: Black Dog Publishing. 2009. pp. 92-95 (monograph) 

2008 Chris Natrop. My Dewdrop Complex 2008. Pub. Lulu Press, Dec. 2008, 1st ed. (catalogue) 

Paper Cuts: Contemporary Works on Paper (museum brochure). MOCA Jacksonville (brochure) 

Uitgeverij Compres bv, Leiden NL. Pure Paper Foundation Holland Paper Biënnale, Rijwijk NL (monograph) 

2007 New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition. (juror: Alma Ruiz, curator MOCA LA) Dec 2007. 

Around the Pool, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (catalogue) 

Carrie Paterson, Drawing Is A Verb, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman U., Orange, CA (brochure) 

2006 Chris Natrop, Selected Projects 2006, Pub. Lulu Press, Dec. 2006, 1st ed. (catalogue) 

2005 New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition. Dec 2005. (juror: Connie Butler, MOCA LA) pgs. 3, 106-109

Chris Natrop: Intricacies of Perception, Work 2003-2005, Pub. Lulu Press, Nov