Work in Progress

Anything Can Happen by Christopher Stott / Work in Progress
Clock & Books / Work in Progress / August 2017

Here’s another quick and dirty iPhone snapshot of a painting just being completed — a new clock and book composition.

This is one of 16 new paintings that I’ve got in my studio right now. All these paintings will be headed to New York in the coming weeks for my October exhibition at the George Billis Gallery.

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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