July 7th, 2021 – I am working hard to get my online store up and running for this month. My Studio (CES) will feature great art for the Corporate Offices, Real Estate Agents, Model Suite Showrooms, Home Staging Projects, Interior Designers, and Television/Film Productions. Whether you need a large piece for a major renovation project or a small work as a thank you gift, my studio will have something special for you. Like something but have slightly different requirements, let me create a custom piece for you. Art is about personal expression and relationships. Send me a DM, and let’s see what’s possible.
Aug 24, 2020 – After years of debating the pros and cons of having a dog, I finally decided to get a golden doodle puppy. The puppy has kept everyone extremely busy and reduced the amount of time in the studio. Once trained, it will be great to have “Newton” as a studio companion.
The last five months of COVID have been very challenging on several fronts. COVID itself has proved a significant distraction. The stress of not knowing what is going to happen next etc. Getting art supplies has been difficult, with several vendors being out of necessary items like stretchers and certain paints. Finally, delivery times have ranged from a few weeks to a few months, making ordering supplies for projects very unpredictable.
Pre-COVID was very promising, with several potential customers looking for large-scale abstracts. At the moment, I am waiting to hear back from these developers and interior designers to see whether my suggestions will be moving forward. Given COVID delays and summer holidays, I don’t expect any answers until the fall.
22 Feb 2020 – Just completed 10 painting for a potential customer. Here is my artist statement for this project.
As an artist who works in Hamilton but lives in Mississauga, I feel the energy of old and new architecture. While Hamilton has a very long urban history, Mississauga is filled with the sense of the new; that history is being created today. As a result, my art practice is attracted to open spaces, hard lines and geometrical shapes of modern architecture and urban landscape design. A blurring of colours or boundaries has no place in my art practice; my urban world is clearly defined.
For me, a walk through downtown Mississauga is to be surrounded by movement and stillness, like waves washing over large boulders on a beach. Taking my inspiration from the “gestural” black and white painting of Franz Kline (1910-1962) and the “still” black, grey, and white paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970), this latest body of work strives to tell the experience of movement through open (white and grey) spaces around the black shapes of urban structures.
My paintings also strive to match our human scale by engaging the viewer as an equal (in size). Furthermore, the paintings are intended to be part of the space, not separated or isolated from the room or the viewer. As a result, frames are neither needed nor desired. A frame is a fence, and these paintings are against anything that might prevent the painting from reaching out to the viewer
Nov 20th, 2019 – I delivered two new paintings to the Arc Condo Project in Mississauga. Installed in the hallway leading to the gym, the paintings fit perfectly with the color scheme selected by the Interior Designers. This amazing development is located at 2550 Eglinton Avenue West. This was my first opportunity to work with Daniel’s who are known for their support of the arts community.
August 5th, 2019 – I had the pleasure of installing a new piece outside the Director’s Office at the Health Sciences Library, McMaster University. The 2019 piece is entitled Frontespizio and measures 38 inches wide by 48 inches high.
Feb 18th, 2019 – I had the opportunity to hear Erin Loree talk in Mississauga. She is only about 6-7 years out from OCAD and had signed with Angell Gallery in Toronto. Amazing to see and hear from an artist who has made it so big so soon after graduation.
The work uses bold colors and thick paint on big canvases. How she got to this point was the focus of the talk. I asked a lot of questions and she was very kind with her answers. T
I hope the Visual Arts Mississauga people have more artists from Toronto.
I decided to spend most of my holiday free time playing with different compositions.
In 2018, I felt that I achieved a breakthrough by developing a new way of expressing my experiences with urban landscapes. I also gained a better sense of color and how that color could support my goals. Finally, texture turned into a significant element in my work. So, instead of launching into new large scale works, I decided to play with the elements of what I like and create a lot of drawings using inks and gouaches. Hopefully, this sketches will provide the raw materials for my 2019 paintings.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who purchased my art or express interest in my work.
Dec 12th, 2018 – This Friday (Dec 14th) is Art Crawl on James Street North in Hamilton.
It is always a great evening to visit all the galleries and shops in Hamilton’s arts community. The SWARM show at Hamilton Artist Inc continues until January 12th. The Dec 1st opening was great and this year there are almost 60 artists on display. Of there is my amazing painting entitled, “Urban Code” in the show, but if it does not match your tastes, then there is lots of other works to look at.
I highly recommend visiting David Brace’s gallery, B Contemporary at 226 James Street North. If you like abstract art, David’s gallery is the place for you. David is not big on social media, so the only way to find out what is showing is by visiting.
Another really interesting gallery is You Me Gallery at 330 James Street North, which is at the far end of the street. Bryce Kanbara is one of the founding artists of Hamilton Artist Inc back in the mid-1970s. Again, if you want to find out who is showing you gotta visit the gallery. It is hard to predict what kind of art you will see at You Me, but the artists on display are always the ones with ability and insight.
Of course, James North is now full of great restaurants and after visiting several of the galleries, dinner and drinks will really warm you up.
Nov 25th, 2018 – The SWARM is always a great event, featuring some of Hamilton best visual artists. This year, I have made available this wonderful piece, entitled “Urban Code.”
The painting features many of the elements that I am exploring in my latest body of work, particularly the themes of energy and competition for space within defined boundaries.
This work is available for $200 and the funds will go to help the continued operation of Hamilton Artist Inc. The SWARM show runs from the opening reception on December 1st, 2018 from 7 pm to 11 pm until its close on January 12th. The gallery is open from 12 noon to 5 pm from Wed to Sat. The Gallery will be closed over the holidays.
Radiating Forms. 24×24 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2018. Chris Erskine Artist
Oct 31st, 2018 – Radiating Forms (2018) was recently part of a group of 21 artists at the Grange in Mississauga, Ontario. The show was organized by the Mississauga Arts Council and Heritage Mississauga. The show was up from August 21st to October 12th, 2018.