Abstract expressionist painter Christopher Campell
"My paintings have many layers of scenery. You have to see the wind behind you through the leaves through the sunlight, and the ripples of the water under the wind... My paintings are music, there is promise All kinds of different sounds, at least six or seven, you have to find! They dance in the music, jump out of the spring flowers! Jump out of the lights!"
l from From Yale School to Artist
Christopher Campell was born in 1957 in Ohio, USA. In college, he graduated with excellent grades from Yale University with a major in American Studies. However, the outstanding achievements in the field of social science did not stop this schoolmaster. In the depths of Christopher's heart, there seems to be a force that drives him to have a dialogue about nature, existence and freedom in the spiritual world. After graduating, he devoted himself to art research at Brown University, earning a graduate degree and a doctorate in art history respectively. Ph.D. stage research topic-the study of Pissarro and Cézanne (Pissarro and Cézanne), has a profound impact on his later artistic path. In the 1990s, Christopher worshipped Joan Mitchell, a famous painter of the second generation of abstract expressionism in the United States, as a painting teacher. She was an artist with a Cézanne style. The works are deeply influenced by the painting styles of Monet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. In recent years, it has been ranked among the top 20 best-selling female artists on the auction market and has won praise from critics and the public. On this basis, Christopher Campell's artistic career began.
l The color of light per square meter is presented on the screen.
Christopher Campell has worked hard in his studio in rural forests all the year round, through close observation of the original ecological objects, air and sunlight. To capture creative inspiration. Christopher's artistic style is undoubtedly deeply influenced by Cézanne and Joan Mitchell, but unlike it, he analyzes the relationship between air and sunlight and expression techniques. Using digital equipment, the shape of light and shadow is intercepted on a semi-transparent screen to filter out high-frequency information, leaving the color of the air. Christopher said: "Cezanne's view is correct. Every square meter in the world is unique in color and brightness. I use high-resolution digital camera equipment to sample." In this process, the artist gave up the shape and color blocks of the appearance that can be recorded by digital equipment, leaving only the color of light. He said that this kind of "sampling" can bring him infinite structure and color chords, and inject his works with music-like dynamic life.
l All seemingly weird processes are just for a utopia closer to the spiritual world.
Another important feature of Christopher’s work is that he uses a paper-thin background, toner and alkyd. Resin is used as creative material. The use of these elements is to ensure the lightness of the work. We know that because paintings cannot be modified on paper, using paper as a background requires proficient skill and precise brushstrokes. The daring to choose such a medium to paint, proves the artist's subtle observation and mastery of techniques for the color patches of air and light. Christopher said that this is also due to his many years of practicing Taekwondo. Years of exercise ensured the strength of both arms, making the writing vigorous and powerful, and the lines are completed in one go. The use of alkyd resin helps the work to present a new monochromatic color, thereby reducing the use of harmonic colors, and the picture is cleaner and more transparent, with clear layers. The color can float on the color, and no light will disappear-all the light is reflected from the white background, just like a glowing color.
Christopher's works are often divided into sections to achieve hanging brushstrokes and expressionist geometric elements. He used the block drawing method to integrate the relationship between the part and the whole, which can be seen from the influence of Cézanne's deep structure. Through more active and detailed observation, viewers can see that the tension and richness of the patchwork structure usually comes from the mosaic of grids. By dividing the main body into grid blocks, the contrast and arrangement produce infinite relationships. The visibility and richness of the works are extremely high. Just like the artist himself said, "My paintings are music. There are many different sounds, at least six or seven. You have to find them! They dance in the music and jump out. Spring blossoms! Jump out of the lights!"
Christopher never stopped learning about the relationship between objects in nature. Oak leaves, branches, and green plants have all become his paintbrushes. When they are stained with dew, they can freely sway the area on the painting paper that is supposed to be a swamp. Through this technique, the texture of the surface of the work is enhanced.
"All weird processes bring things closer to themselves", this sentence is undoubtedly a true portrayal of Christopher. I believe that the painter, with in-depth observation of natural objects and all the rich means of expression, not only achieves the work The artistic restoration is also the true restoration of the artist's spiritual world.
l Elaboration of Abstract Expressionism after Pollock
As a pioneer of American abstract expressionism, Pollock was a symbol of new American painting worldwide after World War II. He is known for his art of splashing paint and splattering on canvas at random. The passion and tension transmitted by his works have unforgettable natural qualities. Christopher's works inherit the courage and courage of Pollock style. Crazy, but with the balance of Cezanne's beauty and even the calm temperament of Kandinsky's works, Christopher blended several very different temperaments from the abstract expressionism school into his own works, and it was natural. Dancing on the subtle boundaries of lyricism and collapse.