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Born in New Hampshire from a creative family, Chris is both a painter and a sculptor. His father, an accomplished pastiche artist and his grandmother, an award-winning tinsel folk artist were strong influences on him. Mary Ellen Plaisted, his aunt, has her oil paintings displayed in galleries across the Carolinas.
He learned woodcarving and metalwork from a close neighbor at an early age. He received his education from Parsons School of Design, in New York City. This launched a 15-year career as a graphic designer. He has continued his true passion for painting and sculpture as well. Through the use of various mediums; steel, concrete, plaster and copper, he continues to push his ideas of self-expression.
Christopher currently resides in New Milford, CT with his wife, two children, and Leonidas, their bearded dragon.
My works tends to focus on forms of conflict. It may be in the concept: man vs. nature, social vs. emotion or it may be the tension created by the use of contrasting materials. I connect with the juxtaposition of different materials, steel with copper and concrete, wood with metals. I believe that the opposing materials, or colors in my work, intensify each element’s properties to produce a more dynamic form of expression.
As I continue to hopefully create visually appealing art, I don’t want to be constrained by the style or the medium. Quite the opposite, they should flow to the next piece no matter the form or function required.