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Heated

Acrylic, Ink, and Aerosol on Paper/ 48"x48"/ 2016...This is the first painting (fueled by my experiences as a martial artist) that explores the chaos of fighting and violence. With America being so divided, I foresee violence escalating at an alarming rate. Violence is an ugly aspect of the human experience, but for the protection of oneself, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The choice to fight (risking harm to another person) will be one that a lot of us will have to confront if the nation's current climate persist.

Stop and Question: Middle Eastern Male

Oil on Canvas/ 54"x36"/ 2016...this painting of my Iranian classmate was my response to Middle Eastern men and women now being under suspicion of criminality, relative to the rhetoric spewed by President Elect Trump during his campaign.

The Description

Oil on Canvas/ 18"x14"/ 2016...This portrait of my brother (who is college educated and has no criminal record) was my portrayal of what some police officers may imagine "the description" to be. Every time I've been stopped and frisked, "fitting the description" has always been their reasoning for the stop. The glossy passages of paint work to draw attention to the sitter's eyes. Also, the dark green of my brother's shirt and durag against the red background are meant to convey the tension of encounters between police and African American males.

The Quandary 2

Oil on Linen/ 48"x36"/ 2015...This is the second in a series of paintings that examine the awkward and uncomfortable role racism plays in African American life. This piece features my 25 yr old brother. Attempts to understand the reasons behind racial discrimination often become draining and consuming. The qualities of the awkward box begin to seep into my brother, as a way of examining the aforementioned phenomenon.

Heated

Violence is an ugly aspect of the human experience, but for the protection of oneself, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The choice to fight (risking harm to another person) will be one that a lot of us will have to confront if the nation's current climate persist.

  • Heated

    Acrylic, Ink, and Aerosol on Paper/ 48"x48"/ 2016...This is the first painting (fueled by my experiences as a martial artist) that explores the chaos of fighting and violence. With America being so divided, I foresee violence escalating at an alarming rate. Violence is an ugly aspect of the human experience, but for the protection of oneself, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The choice to fight (risking harm to another person) will be one that a lot of us will have to confront if the nation's current climate persist.
  • Heated 2

    Acrylic, Ink, and Aerosol on Paper/ 60"x48"/ 2016...This is the second painting (fueled by my experiences as a martial artist) that explores (and conveys) the chaos of fighting and violence. With America being so divided, I foresee violence escalating at an alarming rate. Violence is an ugly aspect of the human experience, but for the protection of oneself, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The choice to fight (risking harm to another person) will be one that a lot of us will have to confront if the nation's current climate persist.
  • Heated 3

    Acrylic, Ink, and Aerosol on Paper/ 60"x48"/ 2016...This is the second painting (fueled by my experiences as a martial artist) that explores (and conveys) the chaos of fighting and violence. With America being so divided, I foresee violence escalating at an alarming rate. Violence is an ugly aspect of the human experience, but for the protection of oneself, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The choice to fight (risking harm to another person) will be one that a lot of us will have to confront if the nation's current climate persist.

The Quandary Series

A series of paintings that examine the awkward and uncomfortable role racism plays in African American life.

  • The Quandary

    Oil on Canvas/ 40"x40"/ 2015...This is the first in a series of paintings that examine the awkward and uncomfortable role racism plays in African American life. I used my niece as a subject to convey how African American children are not even exempt from the unfair treatment that is the result of racism.
  • The Quandary 2

    Oil on Linen/ 48"x36"/ 2015...This is the second in a series of paintings that examine the awkward and uncomfortable role racism plays in African American life. This piece features my 25 yr old brother. Attempts to understand the reasons behind racial discrimination often become draining and consuming. The qualities of the awkward box begin to seep into my brother, as a way of examining the aforementioned phenomenon.
  • The Quandary 3

    Oil on Canvas/ 48"x36"/ 2015...This is the third in a series of paintings that examine the awkward and uncomfortable role racism plays in African American life. This painting of my teenage nephew examines the awareness of racism being a fact of African American life that is adopted around the time we enter our teens.

Addressing Profiling

These paintings address profiling and the negative affects of having those types of experiences.

  • Stop and Question: Middle Eastern Male

    Oil on Canvas/ 54"x36"/ 2016...this painting of my Iranian classmate was my response to Middle Eastern men and women now being under suspicion of criminality, relative to the rhetoric spewed by President Trump during his campaign.
  • The Description

    Oil on Canvas/ 18"x14"/ 2016...This portrait of my brother (who is college educated and has no criminal record) was my portrayal of what some police officers may imagine "the description" to be. Every time I've been stopped and frisked, "fitting the description" has always been their reasoning for the the stop. The glossy passages of paint work to draw attention to the sitter's eyes.
  • ...Than To Repair...

    Oil on Canvas/ 56"x 38"/ 2016...This painting was inspired by a quoute attributed to Frederick Douglass ("It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men"). This painting was my response to the struggles I sometimes have navigating life as an African American male due to the environmental factors of my past (i.e. economic deprivation and being stereotyped).

Urban Resilience Portraits

  • Jalen: A Concrete Alchemist

    Acrylic and Collage on Canvas/ 40"x 30"/ 2014...This narrative portrait is of my little brother and is meant to connote the resilience he's acquired (in terms of the pursuit of his goals) relative to being raised in Detroit's urban environment.
  • Jasmine: A Rose From Concrete

    Acrylic and Collage on Canvas/ 60"x 36"/2013...A narrative painting of a friend aimed at conveying the positive impact growing up in Detroit had on her. This city that is constantly portrayed in a negative light by the media produced a brilliant rose.
  • Iron and Silk

    Charcoal, Ink, White Gold, and Silver Leaf on Paper/ 30"x 22"/ 2014...This drawing of a fellow artist (who is a metalsmith) works to convey the spiritual concept of duality. By juxtaposing her very soft, feminine appearance with an impression of her geometric metal assemblages, I want to convey a sense of the masculine and feminine forces that exist in us all.

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About Christopher

Baltimore City

     Christopher studied one year at the Columbus College of Art and Design.  He later completed his Visual Arts training at Detroit's College for Creative Studies, graduating with a BFA in Illustration Spring of 2006.  Christopher began his career as a Fine Artist in 2007.... more

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