ITOYA 2017 Calendar

Several months ago I was approached by ITOYA in Japan and asked to collaborate on a 2017 calendar featuring my paintings. ITOYA operates stationary stores and cafés, the calendar is available exclusively in Japan.

It was a careful process to select the right images, and the designer did a great job. The calendar turned out much better than I anticipated. It is large and represents my paintings well. It is made with high end materials and in limited numbers.

It is printed on a heavy weight, sturdy paper in full color – but I am only sharing black and white sneak peeks here.

If you are outside of Japan, try using tenso.com to get the calendar shipped to you. The calendar can be found here on the ITOYA website.

Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
January 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
February 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
March 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
April 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
May 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
June 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
July 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
August 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
September 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
October 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
November 2017
Christopher Stott ITOYA Japan 2017 Calendar
December 2017

Tiny Collection

Over the years I’ve collected many objects – at one point things started to get out of hand and so I downsized, but I’m starting to run out of space again.

Luckily some objects are small enough to fit anywhere. My wife and kids have taken to gifting me miniature inspiration.

Tiny Little Phone
Tiny Little Books
Tiny Little Lantern
Tiny Little Sewing Machine
Tiny Little Fan
Tiny Little Things

HB #2 Pencils & Nineteen Eighty-Four

HB #2 Pencils by Christopher Stott
HB #2 Pencils / 18 x 14 / oil on canvas

I’ve done a few more studies, although one could be seen as more of a reach back to around a decade ago when pencils seemed to figure frequently in my paintings.

These paintings will be included in the small works December exhibition at the Elliott Fouts Gallery.

Nineteen Eighty-Four Book Painting by Christopher Stott
Nineteen Eighty-Four / 18 x 14 / oil on canvas

I found a bunch of Penguin Classics that I’ll be featuring in some upcoming paintings — this painting is the first study.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is one of my favourite books. Although it is fascinating, I actually don’t fear that the world depicted in it is the one we live in. It’s more like the one we are afraid we live in, and the truth is we actually live in a Brave New World which seems equally as terrifying.

Pleasures of Life

The Pleasures of Life oil painting by Christopher Stott

I have been painting for over 16 years now.

These past few months for me in the studio have been about making sure I keep the pleasure of painting alive. They’re about experimenting and finding new paths and directions. I’m not abandoning the paintings that have almost come to be expected from me, I’m just adding a few more ideas.

As a painter, I’ve always felt that the primary goal of what I do is to make an image that brings pleasure in a way and has a touch of timelessness.

This is available through the Elliott Fouts Gallery.

Primary Fans

Yellow / 16 x 12 / oil on canvas
Red / 16 x 12 / oil on canvas
Blue / 16 x 12 / oil on canvas

My work has been, for several years, shifting toward a stark, near-white ground. These three paintings signal a shift to adding more immediate color to my paintings. I thought an obvious dose of primary colors would be a good place to start.

These are my prototypes that will eventually take me in a new direction. New ideas and experimenting happening in the studio – it’s exciting.

These paintings are available through the Elliott Fouts Gallery. Read more

Work in Progress

Vintage Alarm Clocks Painting in Progress by Christopher Stott
Vintage Alarm Clocks / Work in Progress

Oh, summer. You make it so hard to stay focussed in the studio. The lure of the sunny beaches and trails to explore. Please grant me a few overcast or rainy days so I can lock myself in the studio for a few hours to finish these paintings.

Vintage Alarm Clock Painting in Progress
Vintage Alarm Clock / Work in Progress

Once these two paintings are complete, they’ll be heading to the Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.