In the garden of an artist’s soul, seeds of
creativity take bloom in many forms. Pods of inspiration burst and give
birth to new works of art to nourish our life’s craving for beauty.
Contemporary artist Christopher M. continues his culinary legacy with
delicious fervor as he paints the “maîtrise de chefs” a tribute to the
culinary arts. Christopher M.’s collection is sure to satisfy even the
most discriminating palate.
The expressive, realist paintings of Contemporary painter
Christopher M. remind us that artistic talent fused with good
old-fashioned values never goes out of style. Creativity, beauty,
integrity and hard work are constant companions to this artist’s paint and
Born in 1975 in Oakland, California, as a child Chris always had a
penchant for drawing and painting. But he never considered being an artist
a viable vocation until he entered a contest in his senior year of high
school to win a semester scholarship to an art school. His portfolio
prevailed and was awarded the scholarship and Christopher M has never
looked back. The artist exclaims, “Once I got to art school and began
studying painting and drawing from life, I was hooked. Since then I have
never wanted to do anything else.”
Educated at the noted Academy of Art University in San Francisco,
Christopher M. graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in
Illustration in 2000. He earned awards and honors from the Academy for his
sketchbook, figure painting, landscapes and still life works. He also
earned accolades from the San Francisco Society of Illustrators of which
he is a member.
When asked about his inspirations and internal motivations for creating
his art, Christopher M pauses introspectively and states, “Generally
speaking, I would like my paintings to communicate my own sense of
morality, my sense of what is true and honest and what is really of value
in life.” And just as this artist constantly strives to improve his craft,
his desire to become a more compassionate and understanding person is the
guiding force of this artistic growth. “My motives matter a lot to me as
an artist. Whatever kind of work I do, as long as I know I’m trying hard
to make it good work is fine with me”, the artist humbly declares. As his
everyday experiences influence his growth as a person, in a sense they are
also present in his paintings.
The artist will attest that his “somewhat old-fashioned aesthetic” is born
of his reverence for the realist painters of the past, mainly: John Singer
Sargent, Edgar Degas, George Bellows, William Bouguereau and Gustav Klimt.
While Chris values the artistic traditions of the past he strives to carry
them forward with a more expressive style akin to his own contemporary
ideals. The artist states, “I feel that art can come from a traditional
background and still advance, be modern and current with our society
He credits his contemporary influences to the works of Robert
Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Pablo Picasso. And although he claims these
artists’ works do not influence his painting directly, he is moved by
their ability to assemble their thoughts and experiences directly into
their imagery. And that is something he is motivated to achieve in the
development of his own work as well.
His most recent passion is that of capturing the culinary arts.
Christopher M. creates drama in sharing his personal appreciation for a
job well done. “Like a Master Chef striving to create culinary excellence,
he needs the same proper tools, training and passion as any fine artist to
create a thing of beauty for someone else’s consumption.” The images fluid
with motion, captures a stream of consciousness stemming from the artists
appreciation for the hard work and creativity that goes into any
appreciable art form.
Oil paint is his medium of choice for its dexterity and luminous
longevity. He credits his subdued color palette and proclivity for
harmonious color as a reflection of his “restrained personality”, yet the
result is an added aura of mystery and romance to his beautifully stylized
compositions. The artist’s accomplished background in illustration lies
the foundation for all of his work. His skilled drawing techniques united
with strategic and graceful placement of color have produced a prolific
collection of artwork that is sure to be lauded in the finest of art
Christopher M.’s paintings possess a seductive splendor unique to most
work of this genre. His fresh perspective of an old discipline is one that
will surely stand the test of time. With hope and intentions for growth,
we will watch the evolution of this young artist.