JACKSON, Wyo. — Chris Bentchetler is continuing his artistic evolution with a new exhibition of paintings to be shown at Shari Brownfield Fine Art beginning this Friday.

Bentchetler can’t be put in a box. He became a professional skier at age 15, and his style and artistic approach to the sport quickly made him one of the leading figures in modern freeskiing. At age 22 Chris launched his signature line of skis with Atomic, the Bentchetlers and garnered his first art commission – to design the top sheet graphics of his pro model skis.

Photo: JH Chamber

As a child who doodled, Chris never imagined adding the title ‘artist’ to his resume and still hesitates at embracing that term, given his lack of formal training. Yet after 15 seasons of designing skis, he is commissioned to paint murals, using his art for creative collaborations with brands such as Smartwool, Dakine, Arcteryx and even the Grateful Dead. Bentchetler is now the Creative Director of Freeride and Freeski for Atomic Skis.

Bentchetler used his life as a skier, climber, surfer and love for music as his muse and weaved these realities and his imagination into form with his complex use of colors and textures. In November 2021, his wife, and professional snowboarder Kimmy Fasani, was diagnosed and overcame stage 3 cancer. This inspired monumental paintings such as “A Hero’s Journey” and the creation of a non-profit organization, the Benchetler-Fasani Foundation, which aims to bring peace, healing and solace through outdoor adventures to those experiencing hardship and loss.

Chris Benchetler’s exhibition – which includes five pairs of the 2024 Atomic Bent Series skis – hangs from Jan. 20 through March 10 at Shari Brownfield Fine Art in downtown Jackson. A reception will be held on Jan. 27 from 5-7 p.m. The project space, located at 55 South Glenwood Street, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by appointment.

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.