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Chris Langstroth

`...the accidents Langstroth curates could be read as vestiges of lives: those found jostling about in contemporary cities or, more touchingly, in the haze of memory, where abstraction and figuration have always found perfect marriage.`David Balzer, art critic.

`From a distance, Chris Langstroth’s works are stunning abstract paintings, but look closer and you’ll see distinct human shapes. By using thick paint and knives to apply multiple wet layers or dig through existing layers, he leaves evidence of his process in the finished product`. by Alison Malone. “WHERE” magazine, 2007.

Chris Langstroth has been a full time artist for over thirty years after attending Ontario College of Art, and later graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, specializing in film and photography. He has participated in numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions, and has his works in many corporate and private collections.

"This year, I have been concentrating, increasingly, on ways of representing the human figure (in whole or part).

I enjoy the physicality of thick paint and use knives to smear on one wet layer over another or to excavate through existing layers.

Although I strive for a certain ‘visual plausibility’ in my work, representational accuracy is not my prime objective.

The most enigmatic and interesting qualities particular to painting, have to do with the transformation of pigment in paste to an image on canvas.

I am, therefore seeking to retain some visual evidence of the process used in making the image as a subtext for reading or interpreting it.

In each painting , I’m searching for the most compelling combination of imagery and abstract paint quality." Chris Langstroth.


Chris Langstroth's CV