Friday, June 10, 2011

+ loving: Works of Christopher Stott

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I love the idea of having a few retro/vintage objects around the house, even better if the objects did belong to me or someone in my family some time in the past... They hold such great stories of their own, and look great as displays too!

Luggage, Chair, Shirt | A Difference of Opinion | Light Reading


7:00, 8:00, 9:00 | 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 | 10:00, 11:00, 12:00


Candle Stick Phone & Electrical Fan | Two Vintage Electric Fans | Three Vintage Fans

These paintings by contemporary realist painter, Christopher Stott, look so much like still life photographs, but they are really paintings! Aren't they just so cool and brilliantly amazing?

Artist Statement
Why retro/vintage objects, like vintage books, typewriters, telephones, fans, clocks, cameras? More than one reason. On one level, they have beautiful, sometimes intricate, sometimes simple, but always tactile designs. Presenting these regular, banal subjects in painting transfers them to iconic symbols of the not-so-distant past.
On another level, things like the typewriters, when painted along with books, paper, pencils, represent ideas and stories being shared. Clocks are the passage of time, as well as having unique faces, colors and shapes. Cameras are image makers, and as a painter, I make images. Cameras capture instant moments, I capture cameras in slow, close observation. I've painted telephones for years, they symbolize talking and listening — communication. Electric fans, when painted together seem to become figurative and when placed in certain compositions you can create subtle narratives that can be interpreted in a myriad of ways.
We have modern versions of all these objects, obviously. But when using decades old objects, they transport the viewer away from our noisy world to the world of memory. They're more thoughtful, quieter, simpler. Nostalgic? Maybe. But there seems to be some missing virtue that can be found in painting them and linking them together. I think it's undeniable, beautiful, heavy and deep, like a colossal 85-year-old Undwerwood typewriter.
I am drawn to painting objects from the past because they give me opportunities for thoughtfulness and hopefully the viewers too.

Black Vintage Electrical Fan | GE Vintage Electrical Fan | Study of a Yellow Fan


Baggage III | Baggage II


Remington, Tidy


Chris has 20 new paintings on display at the Elliot Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California, this month of June. My favourite is definitely the retro fans, especially the ones that comes in black or yellow, but typewriter and the luggages are really cool too! I also love the subtle, at times quirky names of each paintings, hence I've included them below each images, as I think they really help you relate in greater depth with the works. Have you spotted a favourite too?

Have a lovely day, and a wonderful weekend ahead!

{All images by Christopher Stott, found thanks to Design Sponge.}

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