Chris Perry

33 Ripples, 2010
Hand drawn, inked and cut artist’s book, 8.75 x 7.5 x 1.25 inches, unique. $650

35 Ripples, 2010
Hand drawn and cut artist’s book, 8.375 x 12.25 x 1.25 inches, unique. $750

55 Ripples, 2010
hand drawn and cut artist’s book, 8.75 x 7.5 x .875 inches, unique. $650

62 Ripples ,2010
Hand drawn and cut artist’s book, 8.375 x 12.25 x 1 inches, unique. $750

68 Ripples ,2010
Hand drawn and cut artist’s book, 8.375 x 12.25 x 1.125 inches, unique. $750

83 Ripples: a thrown rock, 2011
Hand drawn and cut artist’s book, 8.25 x 24.5 x 1.5 inches, unique. $1800


I ask myself “what if?” all the time. What if I make a small movement and repeat it, shifting the result to the left or right or around a spiral, adding color when it seems appropriate, sometimes adding an object suspended in a void, placing a mirror at the bottom of a hole to bring light into the space I’ve removed, how will this look? What pattern, most likely unanticipated, will result? If I allow the paper to be free, will it support itself or will it be subject to curling or flopping? I make unique books because once made that particular question is answered, leaving more “what ifs” in its wake. Each one has its own problems and requirements that sometimes work out and at other times do not. But each one has led to many others and each has spawned many more plans for pattern searches and reasons to ask “what if?”


Chris Perry was born in Ohio in 1953 but grew up in southern Maryland outside of Washington, D.C. He attended the art school at Corcoran Gallery of Art before attaining a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he studied under Lila Katzen, Babe Shapiro and Salvatore Scarpitta. He also attended two summer programs in painting at the Emma Lake campus of the University of Saskatchewan at the same time. After graduating he moved to NYC to start work at the Guggenheim Museum. For many years following this he was an architectural woodworker until closing his business in 2007.

Since the closing he has picked up where he left off, continuing the painting and book projects he had started previously. He now works in his studio in DUMBO Brooklyn making unique hand cut books and sewn paintings.

Chris Perry Website