OR THE ART OF TRUE PAINTING
Former Stabbles of the Foreigners
Abbey of Dommartin Tortefontaine
where the artist works
Chris is an artist who only conceives the creation of a painting through a long process inherited from the great old masters.
Usually, painters limit themselves to producing a study and to working directly on the canvas with conventional colours without bothering about their ingredients, the true alchemy of pigments or the real meaning of what they represent.
To be a contemporary painter means the acquisition of a classical knowledge because painting is the result of a long approach where the reference to the past leads to real achievement. It is therefore not surprising to know that Chris shows a keen interest in the art of prehistoric times which remains astonishingly modern.
Those 20,000 year-old paintings found in caves have induced him to think about the meaning of his own works. Chris respects so much the substance he wants to use that he creates his own colours grinding and mixing them with special additives.
Stone age, oil on canvas, 44x31 cm
This artist is so obsessed by the quality of the substances he uses to such a point that he is always challenging himself. First of all, he carefully chooses his canvasses or wood supports, preparing them intensively before tackling his works.
After a long preparation phase he then fiddles with his brushes
like a musician playing like a virtuoso, putting colours in harmony, penetrating their mysterious depth, juggling with glazes, gambling with their poetry in a kind of sensual duel while trying to reach the sacred form of art.
Requiem, oil on canvas, 146x114 cm