Chris Wade is a Huntsville-native artist who describes his art as “Ethereal” with whimsical and dark surrealist overtones, often pulling inspiration from recurring dreams and from his childhood perspective of reality. His work primarily involves abandoned Space Age machinery presented in a dystopian, yet dreamy aesthetic. He has also become known for his hilarious, spacey pet portraits. His main media is India ink, Acrylic Ink, and watercolor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design in 2015, but gravitated towards fine art, and became a studio artist at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in 2016. He has had two solo museum exhibitions, one at the Gadsden Art Museum and one at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. In the spring of 2019, his painting titled “The Flight of Goose Grissom” was the featured/poster art for Panoply Arts Festival in Huntsville in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. He has won several awards, most notably a Chesley Award for his drawing “Failure to Launch: Grounded” in the category of Best Monochrome Work. His current work serves as commentary on our internal condition, both individually and collectively, as well as a rediscovery of our childlike nature and of true potential within.