Christopher Russell

Location

Box Hill, Australia

Preferred artistic medium

Ceramics, Collage, Contemporary, Drawing, Illustration, Multi Media Art, Mural Art, New Media, Painting, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Sound Artist, Traditional

Art level career

Mid career

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The Wonderment.
What and How: Since the early 80s I have worked mainly in oils or acrylic paint and mixed media on paper. I like the way paint soaks into and spreads over the surface of the paper and then dries rapidly, allowing fresh brush marks to be dragged across the surface leaving a rough track.
In the late 80s, I started developing computer skills and creating imagery using visual arts editing software for my design work and in my role as an educator. Now I mix and match ideas developed either on a computer or traditionally to produce the final artwork.

Why and What: While recovering from health matters that have required years of rehab, patience, and pain management, I have become a self-styled social or cultural anthropologist. During this time I have learned to cope with a more sedentary approach to life and that provides time to observe events and changes in the environment surrounding me.
My attraction to absurdity and ironic situations dominates the subject matter in my artwork. Ideas are triggered by my interpretation of recent experiences and places visited. I have been translating my quirky recollections into paintings, drawings, and photography. So for now, I refer to this period as 'My Pathway' because I am documenting a detour in my journey towards wellness and old age through the creation of artwork. 

Almost all of my artwork is colorful, expressive, energetic, rhythmic like a piece of music, and can be like a chaotic storm surrounding a calm oasis. It is my life and not unlike many people's lives. I feel in life, you cannot have calm all the time because the inner world and the exterior world will not permit it.

Work: If opportunities, like a chance to exhibit work, create a mural, accept a commission, or participate in a group show arise, that would be great. I maintain a range of art media skills and thankfully due to my former work as a visual arts media educator and graphic designer, I had the chance to develop digital/multimedia skills over three decades. 
Recently, I have been creating a series of paintings that I hope will end up as a show in the near future.

Some of my recent work has already been exhibited in group shows and some sold to private collectors in Australia and Internationally.

I hope I can still be useful in any collaborative projects. Please email me if you wish to purchase original artwork or a limited edition framed print.

Christopher Russell - (my nickname - Xristo) Visual artist and musician.  ... _ _ _ ...