Chris Roberts-Antieau is a self-taught artist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Its something she is very proud of, and furthermore, she thinks art schools often destroy innate creativity and many student artists along with it. Being told she could not draw made her an instant art school dropout, but it did not change her mind about becoming an artist. “I knew I had artistic talent.” she recalls, “all I had to do was figure out how I could earn a living with it.”Now more than three decades later she is by every measure a great success.Today, Chris has nine employees, her own gallery — Antieau Gallery in the French Quarter of New Orleans, — plus more than a dozen other galleries across the country who handle her work, and, of course, her website. She produces more than three dozen new “fabric paintings” each year and a number of works from previous years are also available.Working from her original fabric paintings, two talented staff members do the basic cutting and sewing. Then Chris does all the detail work on each one. It is labor intensive and time consuming work, but the results are of significant quality and craftsmanship.Recently, Chris has also been offering workshops in fabric appliqué for persons who are interested in learning the her techniques.
She has also exhibited at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. Chris has also shown her work several times at the international art expo, The Basel Show in Miami.
She has had four separate exhibits of her unique fabric paintings at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and several of her works are part of its permanent collection. This unique museum is devoted to self taught artists. Chris also has fabric paintings in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
With the help of her son, a marketing specialist, Chris has been staging a series of “pop up” gallery shows in various cities around the country. “We find an empty store front in a heavy traffic commercial area and rent it for a month,” she explains. “Then we convert it to a temporary art gallery and promote it like crazy.” She has held successful pop up galleries in New Orleans, Portland, Ann Arbor, and in Manhattan’s Soho District. She plans to open one in London, England in 2013. The New Orleans gallery was so successful in 2010 that it has became a permanent gallery. It’s her goal to own five permanent galleries.
The Antieau Gallery
927 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70116