About Me

Nearly 25 years ago, in my late teens, I picked up my first electric saw. I was inspired by a photo of a nativity scene and wanted to transform the 1-D image into a 3-D work of art using wood. I’ve always been able to take every day things and visualize them in abstract ways.

I made the nativity scene and took it to a kiosk at the local mall where it sold that day.

While I clearly had a talent for wood working, I put the saw down and instead, pursued my love of photography, film making, acting and music.

In 2012, I opened my online store to sell my photography work which included prints on canvas and unconventional surfaces like wood and stone tiles. I had a few sales, but wanted to try something different and have my work reach a greater audience.

More than two decades after I picked up my first electric saw, I decided to give it another go.

Inspired by my love of my hometown of Chicago, I took an image of the city flag and made it a 3-D abstract piece using reclaimed barn wood from a neighboring town.

My sales took off and the interest in my woodwork began to grow. With features on Fox News Chicago, WGN, CBS news and more my career started to explode! I continued to create Chicago flags and discovered that each new one sold better than the last. My vision expanded and I began to get requests for additional city and state flags, business logos, sports team mascots, and even household items.

With no formal woodworking training and with simply an eye for the abstract, I have taken my idea from the backyard of my small apartment–to a huge wood shop on Chicago’s west side.

Some of my pieces are now in the hands of the founder and CEO of Under Armor, Kevin Plank, and two of my other works sit at the Facebook headquarters. Recently, I signed on with the Red Robin food chain to produce signs for their restaurants nationwide. However, still loyal to my local roots, I created signs for the Goose Island Beer company from reclaimed barn wood. My signs can be found in such diverse cities as Toronto, Mexico City, Shanghai, Seoul, London, Philly, Rio and of course all over my home town of Chicago. I’ve worked closely with Goose Island to create an entire product line for the tap room store. More recently I created all the tap handles for the Chicago based beer “Born and Raised”. I did a massive 35’ installation piece for the Under Armor headquarters in Baltimore. I was commissioned to do all the art for the Chicago Rising NYE celebration. Then I teamed up with Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless to create a neon sign for his Tacoyo craft beer! Lately I’ve been creating large installation pieces for music festivals in Chicago such as The Electric Forest! Other clients include Corona, Budweiser, Marriot Hotels, Hyatt, Four Peeks Brewing Company, Golden Road and many more!

I really enjoy making custom pieces and put my heart and soul into every single order.

I credit my amazing customers for helping me go from starving artist, to working artist.

I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to making art with you!

Chris Knight from Julian Taboada on Vimeo.