“Never quit. Regardless of how hard you are on yourself, there is someone out there who values your work.” –Chris “DüWerks” Dudot
Named the 2016 Coconut Grove Arts Festival Emerging Artist, Chris Dudot has been wowing the South Florida art community since he officially branded his work in 2014. He got his start in the art world as an apprentice to a master epoxy fabricator for cars and boats. Dudot translated those skills to side jobs repairing surfboards for friends. But the consummate artist wasn’t happy with merely repairing the boards. He embellished his bwork—painting the scars with contrasting colors and bold geometric lines—and developed a unique style that he has affectionately dubbed “Chaotic Flow.”
A self-taught artist, Dudot says he finds inspiration in architecture, symmetry, and balance. “My designs progressively take form as if they had a life of their own. I’m just a lucky passenger along for the ride.” So when our Britto Charette team wanted an iteration of our 7-foot high WASI bar to showcase during Art Basel, we turned to Dudot. His interpretation? An oh-so- Miami color-scheme that is meticulously applied to the corrugated surface. It’s a showstopper. And it was featured in Modern Luxury last month.
It doesn’t stop there. In addition to teaching himself Photoshop and Illustrator, the artist has also started another company, Malo Palo Creations, which creates and installs accent wood walls and media displays. But the real marvel? Dudot has accomplished all of this while working as a firefighter. The lines and constructions of his designs are a compelling counterpoint to the dangers and unpredictability of his day job.
His advice to other young and up-and- coming artists? “It is good to get feedback and to accept jobs that are out of your comfort zone. View these as challenges that evolve your talent.”
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