Chris Long

Artist bio

Chris Long is a native South Carolinian born & raised in Irmo. He is currently living in Greenville, SC with his wife (Melissa) and two young sons. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, and a PhD in Process Controls, as well as an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Professionally, he serves as a senior engineering leader for GE Power. Outside of work he is active in the community, among other things staying busy with his sons in youth athletics. His hobbies include golf, being an avid follower of college sports, and of late, a rekindled childhood interest in the arts.


Leaving the Devil behind at Church(ill)

Artist Statement

This work in acrylics on canvas was created in recent weeks in response to the prompt of this Engage Art competition (Ephesians 6:10-20). A simple depiction of the Kentucky Derby with a large video screen being used as a scoreboard referencing the place of the horses in the race. Each of the seven deadly sins is the name of a horse in the race, with colors of each horse's attire being carefully chosen to coordinate with the thought / meaning behind the sin itself.

How it fits into contest

This piece depicts an ordinary jockey protected by the armor of God winning THE race in this life - separating himself from the evils & temptations of sin. The setting is the famous Churchill Downs and home of the annual Kentucky Derby. The follower of Christ is protected in His armor throughout and ultimately winning as shown on the scoreboard. The congregation sees the seven deadly sins as competing horses in constant pursuit but not keeping up, with "sloth" being too lazy & slow to be captured in the frame.


This painting was created in its entirety by myself, Chris Long

How to Purchase this Artwork

Type of work: a mass produced copy

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