Chris trained in Fine Art at Bradford and Sheffield from 1980 - 1984 gaining a First class hons degree and has exhibited widely since in England and more recently in Scotland and France.
Tempera paint is made from egg yolk mixed with pigment, using local free range eggs and all works are on paper, Saunders Waterford mould made from St Cuthberts Mill.
Some is handmade, recycled from studio waste and sometimes incorporating leaves,
flower petals and natural debris, relating to nature's life cycles. The materials used and mark making effects, compliment the form.
All work is untitled and signed on the reverse.
Elements of the work are woodland areas, seasonal change, new growth, colour changes, the windblown and fallen, water reflections, riverbeds, limestone, fossils and deep time.
Painting, drawing and papermaking offer a way to engage with the earth, to experience a sense of awe and mystery. A way to reflect on and consider what is 'going on', whether we are present or not. To find solace in the beauty, grace and uncertainty of wild places. The practice creates an experience, a state, reflected in the poems
Raining in Hope
I was born in time
a name a date a place a history
I went on a journey
drawn toward a meaning and purpose
change of view concern and thought
I turned inside out
nameless timeless universal
i was raining in hope
the key in my exprience
tott to pratice a skill brings about the state of flow
gives meaning, purpose, enjoyment and sense of well being
there is peace and freedom in the process, the discipline
when empty of all outer concerns
to be engaged in the task, in ritual and metaphor
the action, the exercise, the learning
to commit, without expectation
is to clear the mind, be present, of value, of worth
curiosity, wonder, awe, astonishment
imagination, attention, reflection, consideration
alone in silence, in a space, nameless, timeless
within mystery and uncertainty
Galleries 1 and 2 relate to the Earth, 3 to Water and 4 to Stone.
Works in progress are motifs linking cave paintings and fossils to the present time.
'' Paper Stones from the Tree of Life with the Perspective of Limestone Grey ''
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