About The Artist
Chris is an artist and painter based on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds. He paints with oils and acrylics, using canvas or board as his painting surfaces.
That’s the quick version. If you are interested in a little more, please feel free to read on…..
Chris conceptualises each painting as a journey, from the germination of an idea, to discovering the perfect subject. Working on the development and fulfillment of meaning throughout his compositions, each painting undergoes its own personal passage. Perhaps his notion of ‘journey’ encapsulates Chris’s own journey in life.
As a young boy Chris was in love with colour, which he translated from the ‘real’ to paper, board, or canvas. His creativity was also expressed through music, which has been an integral part of his life. He went to Art College in the 1980s at the Reading College of Art.
His next steps were to become a husband, a father, and a business owner; these further shaped Chris’s path to artistic fulfillment. It has been a winding, often rocky road, interspersed with false turns, mistakes, realisations, and interludes of enlightenment.
The viewer can almost guess these twists and turns when viewing the artwork, as they undoubtedly inform each outing into paint.
From his home studio in the historic and picturesque town of Malmesbury, on the edge of the Cotswolds and on numerous field trips to South Devon, Chris is never short of inspiration for his work.
‘I love to paint subjects that allow the viewer to get involved, to imagine the space, to fill in the gaps of action and participation, and even to try and guess what might be behind a tree, a boat, or a building, that isn’t discernible from the creation on canvas.’
‘My approach to each representation is one of total mental and spiritual involvement; I try to be completely ‘present’ in the process. The peace and joy I experience in putting the work down on canvas, board or paper, whether in oils, pastels, or acrylics, is what I strive to pass on to the observer.’
The artworks that Chris creates are a reflection of experience; of an impression of human interactivity with its surrounding space, be that land, sea, or sky. His works encourage a contemplation from spiritual as well experiential, atmospheric, and participatory observations. They encourage the viewer to participate on the level they are prompted, at first blush, to engage on. In so doing, the paintings become very personal.
Jason O’Rourke PhD, DipPFS