North Shore Studio


Chris Viau’s work straddles the line between abstract and representational. This is due to his planned, yet dynamic, brush and line work. Upon first glance one sees a blend of colors and textures that reveal themselves as lush landscapes or weathered coastlines.

“My favorite thing about being an artist is I can let my wild imagination show. The images that inspire me are landscapes. I feel that making landscapes is the best way to show my talent as an artist. Mostly I use watercolors for the background. I use pastel, acrylic, or colored pencils to give my artwork detail.”

Viau approaches art making with a high level of enthusiasm and is eager to experiment with new techniques. In addition to painting, he is a published poet. His first book, Chicago Seasons, was published in 2011. His second, Being in Harmony with Nature, was published in 2015.

Viau’s art has been featured on studio merchandise, local galleries and the Arts of Life partner, He also acts as the studio archivist, cataloguing the many pieces of art produced in the studio.

“In five years, I see myself as a role model for young adults with disabilities. I will most likely still be doing art and writing poems.

Selected Exhibits

Landscapes Through The Seasons

Gallery OTR, Evanston, IL - 2018

The Beasts

Circle Contemporary Chicago, IL - 2018

Carson's Furniture Gallery

Wilmette, IL - 2017