Exhibiting in Blackwood River Arts Trail At:
Red Skippy Art Studio
62 Bridgetown Rd, Balingup WA 6253, Australia (Behind Information Centre)
0414 659 006
Having been taken away from his family as a child and becoming a ward of the state, Christopher's paintings often reflect the failings of capitalism to protect and nurture individuals, the family unit and working class communities from it's own merciless profit motive and culture of competition.
Christopher spent long periods of time abroad as a way to unconsciously escape his childhood and family trauma. Living in South Korea and London, UK, he was exposed to the watercolours and technology of Korea and Asia, as well as the traditional and modern art galleries of London and Europe. After completing his undergrad, masters and teaching degrees in visual art, he spent some years working as a secondary and primary school art teacher around Perth. This teaching experience exposed the gaps in practical craft skills as taught at australian universities, centred as they are upon conceptual ways of art making and creating a brand for a bourgeois gallery system.
Life took a very unexpected turn in 2016, when his wife Amy suffered a traumatic brain injury. Christopher became a full time carer for his wife, quitting art teaching. A while later, he sought to articulate his grief through atelier and classical Russian art instruction, finally gaining the fundamental drawing and painting skills that were lacking in Australian academia.
Waiting so long to be better able to express his childhood and adult trauma, grief would often unexpectedly emerge quietly in Christopher's work, whether on canvas or wood; the subject a pet, portrait of a loved one or fantasy image. His oil painting practice is often a way to express everyday experiences of alienation and connection despite adversity from a fractured colonial environment.