Mont Albert North, 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
The Wonderment or Wondermental.
What and How: Since the early 80's 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 paper 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 developed imagery using image editing software for my design work and as an educator. Now I mix and match ideas developed either on computer or traditionally to produce a final artwork.
Why and What: While recovering from health matters that have required months 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 change in the environment surrounding me.
My attraction to absurdity and ironic situations dominate 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 to painting, drawings, and photography. So for now, I refer to this period as 'My Pathway' because I am documenting 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 from the early '90 to the present.
Recently, I have been creating a series of paintings that will end up as a return solo show.
Some of my recent work has already been exhibited in group shows and some sold to private collectors in Australia and overseas.
So, I hope, I could be a useful part of any group projects when I regain my mobility sometime in the near future. Please email me if you wish to purchase original artwork or a limited edition framed print.
Christopher Russell - nickname - Xristo, artist, and musician.