Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Dyer.
Chris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Ok. I was born in Ottawa Canada, but I grew up in Lima Peru. I went to an all-boys British school there and didn’t really fit in. Everybody was into soccer and sports and I was more into art and living in my imaginary toy worlds. As I became a teen, more expressive sports like skateboarding and surfing became important in my life. Eventually, to toughen up that aggressive environment, I joined a street gang, where I participated in weekly brawls. But then, my parents sent me to Canada to study and become an artist. It was in this period that I started working as a tree planter as my summer jobs, in the north of the country. It was there, living in nature I was paid to restore, that I learned a spirituality beyond words and started to make my way back to the positive side of life. After that, I traveled a lot, continuing my schooling, and by now I have visited over 40 countries around the planet. Its been many years since my “awakening”, I’ve had that time to grow inside out, and by now, I am a well-established artist. Though I like being home, I spend half my time traveling, spreading positivity and the oneness soul visual vibration. My art reaches many hearts cause it mixes popular culture like skateboarding, old school video games, toys, etc, with street art and visionary art. Its nothing in particular but has pieces of many things, just like humanity itself, so there is resonance with many.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art changes throughout the years. I used to do a lot of paintings on broken skateboards, to recycle that wood. Then my favorite is to paint big canvases in my studio, mostly with acrylics, but I use oils and watercolour too sometimes. When it comes to graphic work, I use ink on paper, but I just bought myself an iPad and pen so I might get into doing my graphics digitally from now on, to save time. And then for over 10 years, I have been working with spray paint on a number of bigger, outdoor canvases like walls, vehicles, boats, sculptures, etc.
The subject matter of my art changes from piece to piece, depending on what I need to express. But in general, I would say I try to explore positive spiritual topics, which express themselves in a detailed and colourful way, looking very psychedelic. As I said in my previous question, I am a mix of many influences, so my art holds those things. It is also a way for me to show my desire to see more oneness happening in our world. Acceptance of our differences and unity in our diversity.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I really enjoy my alone time, when I can get some! As my career has grown, I find myself on the road meeting a lot, a lot of people! That is great, but I lose my chill alone time. Once at home, I live with my girlfriend Arianne, who is also an artist, but we have separate studios, to do our own thing.
I feel that in this era of internet and social media if we feel lonely, it is easy to find virtual companies online. But if that is not real enough, I recommend artists to take workshops, to beef up their skills and find their creative tribe. organizing art jams is also a fun activity for your artist friends!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I hope that you will be traveling somewhere random on the other side of the planet, and out of nowhere, one of my creatures will show her face on a wall. I try to leave my murals everywhere I go, so I’ve heard that story many times actually!
Others have seen my art as skateboard graphics for over a decade on brands like Deathwish, Santa Cruz, Think, Creation, etc.
Maybe some have seen my funky clothing brand, “Positive Creations” which is everywhere in the electronic music scene.
But if you’d like to see more of my work, I am on plenty of social media (@chris_dyer on Insta, @Chris Dyer’s Positive Creations on Facebook) and my webpage www.positivecreations.ca.
The next big event I have going for myself this year is an art and shamanic medicine retreat in the jungle of Peru. Info on that on my webpage, but you can imagine it’s something very special!
I also visit LA at least once a year to paint something, and catch up with the many friends I have down there.
- Website: www.positivecreations.ca
- Instagram: @chris_dyer
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisdyerspositivecreations/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/positivecreator
- Other: www.positivecreations.net