Electric Fan & Red Books

Electric Fan & Red Books by Christopher Stott
Electric Fan & Red Books / 24 x 18 / oil on canvas / 2017

This painting is at the George Billis Gallery in New York. It’s another in a series of paintings I have been doing by revisiting my portfolio and applying a new technique to subjects I have painted in the past 17 years.

Electric Fan / 12 x 12 / acrylic on canvas / 2004

The first time I painted a fan, I had a quick technique and was finished the painting in a few hours.

I think being a young father with a 2-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter may have had something to do with how little time I had to paint. We had also just moved in to a new house that needed major work and I had a job at a university.

I have distinct memories of feeling this crunch of getting a painting done, racing to the finish line, before my son woke up from a nap. I also painted in the evenings for several years, tired and beleaguered.

I am completely on the other side now. Teenaged kids who require no nap times and they occupy themselves marvellously. I left my job and paint full time in a house that needs no work. Goals achieved. I have the next several decades (hopefully) to paint uninterrupted.

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Western Electric Rotary Telephone – 2004 & 2017

Western Electric Rotary Telephone by Christopher Stott

Western Electric Rotary Telephone – this new painting is showing at the George Billis Gallery in New York City.

Thirteen years ago I painted this phone for the first time. It was when I began seriously building my oeuvre. I would paint fast and furious, thinking that a quickly rendered, expressive way of painting was what I wanted to achieve. It never really felt like a natural way for me to paint, but the subject always felt like the right one.

11 x 14 / acrylic on canvas / 2004

I was painting with acrylics, and if the painting wasn’t done after an hour of work, then I felt like I was taking too long.

Over time I slowed way, way down and focused with an indirect painting technique. A very slow building of layers in oils. In person my paintings are still far more painterly than they appear on the screen before you.

Over the past several months I have experimented with paintings and tried a few different approaches. I’ll still do such experiments now and again, but I have decided to look back over the last 17 years of my paintings and will simply re-paint my own work with my new approach and technique. I want to copy my own portfolio, I want to see if I can make the paintings better, I want to see if I can learn from my own work.

In 2004 I signed up for Flickr where I have archived 740 of my paintings. Most of my works is there, including work done in 2000 as a student. Anyone who wants to see, warts and all, is welcome to browse.

The Blue Table

Two new paintings showing at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rotary Telephone & Blue Table by Christopher Stott
Western Electric Rotary Telephone & Blue Table / 20 x 20 / oil on canvas

I found this little blue table at Everything Old Canada and figured I would use it to inject some texture and colour in to a few paintings. It is a bit of an experiment, a study to see if this is something I would want to pursue in other paintings.

Antique Camera & Blue Table by Christopher Stott
Antique Camera & Blue Table / 20 x 20 / oil on canvas

New Limited Edition Prints

I am happy to announce that I am now selling small, affordable, collectable limited edition prints on paper direct form my studio.

Find them on my new print website
xmarksthestott.com

Antique Chair & Books
Corona
The World Around Us
Five Vintage Clocks
Fives
Mint Rotary Phone – Off The Hook

The vibrantly coloured and crisply detailed prints are on archival matte paper. They look great when framed.

Piles of Books

I recently came across a Japanese word that I thought was a good descriptor for this small series of paintings I recently did.

Tsundoku: (n) the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books

I currently suffer a mild case of this tsundoku phenomenon, but I suspect as I get older I’ll find ambitious piles of books growing around me. My wife encourages this.

Silent-Super, Smith-Corona

A new Silent-Super, Smith-Corona painting showing at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina.

I thought it would be fun to take a look at a typewriter painting I did exactly 11 years ago. Although I think my precision and technique have changed over the years, I feel rather consistent with subject and approach.

Smith-Corona by Christopher Stott
March 2017, Typewriter in Case
March 2006, Typewriter in Case

Smith-Corona

Smith-Corona Typewriter Painting by Christopher Stott

A Smith-Corona typewriter. Recently completed and now comfortably inspiring a new collector in New Jersey.

Several years ago I started painting a series of typewriter vignettes. Recently looking for inspiration, I found that revisiting my own paintings as a place to learn and grow from.

You can check out all of my typewriter paintings to date on Flickr → click on this link.

Smith-Corona in progress / 1 of 2
Smith-Corona in progress / 2 of 2