|"Sudden Birth" 1998-99
oil on canvas 70 x 78 in.
Drawing upon a range of historical styles and paying particular attention to the Italian Primitives, Picasso, Matisse and the Futurists, Chia realizes that one is never able to escape the past, that it is impossible to make art without acknowledging previous accomplishments. He is not interested in defining a new style, but in using style to reflect the wondrous complexity of human existence. -Shafrazi Gallery