Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Stewart.
Christopher, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I only really started painting three or four years ago, and before that, the thought of painting never appealed to me, The thought of painting actually seemed very boring to me. After years of exclusively working in black and white, somebody gifted me an assortment of acrylic paint. Even though I had the paint in my possession, I was scared to try out this medium I’d never used before. To be honest, I was scared I wouldn’t be any good.
The moment I finally put paint onto a canvas there was no going back. I immediately fell in love. I loved the feeling of the bristles gliding over the canvas. Mixing colors became almost therapeutic. Realizing the endless feelings you could convey with a brush stroke, it was like a new beginning for myself. I liked to think that I was pretty good at it as well, which always helps.
I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve become an autodidact which is just a fancy way of saying that I’m self-taught. I paint what I feel, or have felt. I try my best to capture a specific feeling in each of my paintings, but at the same time leave room for interpretation of what the meaning might be. My goal now is to make one feel something when they look at my work. Comfort or discomfort, familiar or foreign.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I primarily paint with oils and acrylics, however, sometimes I’ll take aspects of a painting or multiple paintings and create digital graphics using those very assets. Recently I’ve been trying to recreate very specific moments in time with my paintings. Moments that in a regular day happen so fast that we view them as insignificant. I take these moments and distill them. I extract a feeling from this seemingly unimportant moments and use that to guide my paintings.
I do this because I’m infatuated with the idea of finding something in nothingness. I think some of it comes from my recent love for old film photographs. I recently acquired this fascinating coffee table book about The Velvet Underground. The photographs that appeal to me the most are the ones where nobody even knows that a picture is being taken. Moments in time that seem insignificant had the most impact on me. Something about how genuine everything feels when we don’t know the moment is being captured is fascinating to me. It’s these moments that I try to magnify.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Part of me wants to tell everyone on an artistic journey to quit your day jobs and focus on your art, but I know that most of the time that just isn’t possible(especially in LA). It’s going to be hard. I’m in no way a financially successful artist yet but I know that if I devote my time to creating and exposing my art to new eyes as often as possible, the rest will come.
I want to tell everyone(including myself) that you’re the only one stopping yourself from getting to where you want to be. If having 2 or 3 jobs is what it takes for you to support yourself while making your art then get off your couch and make that money. Why spend the one lifetime you get not chasing what you’re passionate about?
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a website that anyone can visit. You can scroll through and enjoy/inquire about most of my paintings and illustrations there. I also post most of my work on my Instagram where you’ll also find news about any upcoming shows/events I’ll be a part of.
- Website: www.chrisstewartart.com
- Phone: 818 261 3325
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: _stewartchris_
Christopher Stewart, Lucky Concepcion