We first met Chris when he traveled from his home in South Carolina for a Rhythmplex event as part of Alverno Presents in Milwaukee, WI. Since then, we’ve been a supporter of his art and worked with him on a number of projects. Chris designed the logo for our shop and we also carry a variety of his work, from prints to original etchings and books he’s illustrated. Although his work often focuses on Biblical matters, his drawings have been criticized by some for portraying a dark and intense perspective. For others, this approach ultimately captures the energy of his chosen subject matter.
He has created powerful illustrations for the Oscar-nominated documentary Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Splinters, a documentary about surfing history and culture in Papua New Guinea; Battle Surgeon, a fiction graphic novel about a gifted Navy combat surgeon suffering from PTSD; The Book of Revelation graphic novel (Zondervan) that dramatically visualizes the entire New Testament biblical text over nearly 600 illustrations, and A Tale of Delight, a heartbreaking indie film about an illustrator’s experience of loss, grief, and PTSD. Koelle is currently illustrating a motion graphics film about new prosthetic technology for combat amputees. Clients include The National Guard / GX Magazine, The Documentary Group, Oxford University Press, HarperCollins Publishers, and Chronicle Books.
Inquire at the shop and we’ll be happy to point out Chris’ work to you.