He began his carrier as musician, composing the first songs in 1996, creating up to 2005, more than 50 songs entirely self-produced, placed in 4 albums, collecting a third place in the National Selections of “Sanremo Giovani” in 2001, an album released on iTunes in 2008 and a single in the 2011. Since 2012 he collaborates as a designer for the American portal “Society6” and starting at the same time also a new experience in the field of digital art, with the creation of numerous paintings, published in different sites, social networks and blogs. After the acclaim received in 2014, as a digital artist, arrives in January 2015, the first exhibition in the city of Florence at ArtExpertise.
Chris Dale was born in Ottawa, Ontario moved to in Toronto with family at three there. Chris Dale went to alternative school till fifteen and dropping out for one year working in construction. He then went back to school outside of Boston Massachusetts. Then to University back to Ontario where I had a child and partner. We all move to Vancouver BC of whom Chris studied architecture at college, but there were no jobs. He lived there till child independent and moved back to Toronto by myself three years ago.
What made you become an artist?
I had always enjoyed art as a child and was good at it which was one of the few things I accelerated at and then he later learnt that I was dyslexic at 15. In high school was exposed to photography, painting and drawing as full class but it only lasted a few years, but art was never present to me as a possibility. I still participate in public ate projects and some carving but over time it fell away. Not until later when I had no responsibility for other and was again unemployed from a job that paid the rent but gave me no pleasure. Finally push all other conditioning aside and started to paint again.
You describe your work as a desire to create an art piece that would make you unrecognizable, can you elaborate more on this?
Artwork that is self conscious. Working from external idea based on the me or technique. As if they were using a photo which is filtered or a faux finish techniques. The problem is that the essential part of visual art is to expand from inside the creative act. Not to impose a structure his is called science not art. There is a starting point it is image, colour, motion or shape. You should become lost in the moment of creation. Where all there in is then, I unrestrained from the external world. This art requires no ego or explanation to justify itself it stands alone.
How would you say your work is different from previous art movements?
I wonder if it is really possible to different from previous art movements at this moment. No art movements only sale trends. Nothing clear to react agents that has not already been tacking down. The conflict has become idea without teeth no longer feel the meaning. Being different is a fashion statement a self conscious attempt to have the camera shins on you. It is the regurgitation of the past for a society with Alzheimer. Art movements come from the art first only later is there someone calling different. Going back to previous question that the creative act is the potential for the things to fallow.
How would you describe the visual language displayed in your work?
The realism is there but the form and colour concerns are focused on the emotion intent of the work. The subjects in the work are people placed in emotional context that taking many forms. Some are expressed by the subject well other are inferred by the viewer.
What do you like about natural forms of figures?
Natural forms of figures allows for more intimate connection to the work. There is relationship of understand that allows for more intimate connection to the work by the viewer. This is also true of for me.
What kind of techniques do you use in your artwork?
I use the traditional medium of paint. Latex rather than oil, and a pallet knife over a brush. Painting on board rather than canvas. This is a practical diction as the knife can cut through canvas , board is less expensive and latex can be cleaned with water less of odor problem.
I find that artists help me find my artistic style. Which artists inspire your work?
Many artistic have inform my work. But no style has inspired my work. I steel equal from them all.
Where would your work fit against well known artists like the ones you can see in Tate gallery etc?
Where they place my work is something that will have to wait and see or if at all. I do not know the category my work will falls into.
What would be your dream exhibition?
The bigger the better
Describe yourself in ten words or less?
Tottering on the edge
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions?
Not at that moment.
What are you working on at present?
I paint all the time. Usually finishing one per week. There is no single theme for a group of work at the moment.
Education: BArch – Manipal Institute of Technology – 1991
Fashion Design – National Institute of Fashion Technology – 1995
Galleries: 11-12 Gallery – Singapore
Forest Rain Gallery– Singapore
MAD Museum of Art and Design – Singapore
Yang Gallery – Singapore
OED Gallery – Kochi India
Exhibitions: Affordable Art fair
Bank Art Fair
Art Space @ Suntec – Solo Art exhibition
Lakshmi is a Singaporean who grew up in Kabul Afghanistan during the late 70’ and 80’s. She is a trained architect (B.Arch) and a Fashion designer who graduated from the leading Fashion Design College, The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) New Delhi. She has over the past two decades taught fashion design, illustration, design history in various fashion institutes such as Lassalle School of the Arts and NIFT. She has illustrated WHO books on disability and done a lot of socially conscious work over the past decades.
Over the years she has studied Art, Architecture, Jewellery and Design all over the world with significant time especially in Europe and the Asia Pacific. This has enabled her to incorporate cross-cultural elements in her designs be it in painting, jewellery or art.
She has a passion for art not restricting herself to painting but in the design of jewellery, Furniture and shoes. She has a plethora of work with over 300 paintings in various mediums such as Pen and Ink, Pencil Colour, Charcoal, Acrylic and Watercolours.
I was born and raised in Sepino on the stunning Matese mountains in the south-central area of Italian Apennines, a small town and unfortunately unknown to most, but with an extraordinary historical, archaeological and cultural heritage. In fact, in addition to the present settlement, nearby there are the splendid archaeological remains of the roman city, and the settlement of samnite era.
My pictorial and musical experiential paths intertwined themselves ever since I started to play the guitar.
Music for me is a natural aptitude, since I was a child I was fascinated by each instrument that could somehow make a sound, and when I had my first classical guitar I have not stopped. With painting I have a very different relationship, my first true experience with painting begins at art school, where in addition to run my first poultices, I started studying the painting of the “masters” through the execution of several art copies, activities that I among other things, continued for several years. My personal pictorial research is something recent, I am still processing the meaning it has for me, and I think I can define it almost ready to exit from the embryonic state, although already it fills me with satisfaction.
You seem to be a multi talented person being a musician, composer and painter. What is it you like about each different industry?
Meanwhile, I thank you! about the music, I simply cannot help it. During the painting process sometimes occurs an alternation of meditative and frantic phases, but both characterized by something that I would call “timeless joy”, an almost mystical experience I would say, Although this does not always happen, unfortunately, I might add.
Which was your first passion music or art?
Undoubtedly the music, although I have always loved drawing, my first encounter with a guitar has been blazing.
Your paintings seem to be quite abstract but at the same time a bit cubist in how you apply the paint, with square and rectangular shapes. Was the abstract and cubist movement an influence in your work?
Yes, not the first time I hear this observation.
Cubism in truth did not have a great influence on my journey, at least on a conscious level. The abstract instead plays a fundamental role in my current research, starting from Kandinsky to extraordinary and often almost unknown contemporary artists from whom I got a lot of inspiration. So, I think that geometric themes of my current technique are actually more related to the search of three-dimensional and depth than to the “fourth dimension” dear to Cubism.
The “cubist synthesis” moreover, in many of its phases, was always very careful to approach an examination of the reality very rational, analytical and almost “scientific”. The inner and almost spiritual dimension is of crucial importance to me instead, and therefore also reflected (I hope) in my painting.
Are there any other artists or movements that influence your work?
I love the “Street Art”, and I think it’s really interesting the return to a certain type of figurative.
How would you describe your style?
Ahhh…I really don’t know!!
given my love for progressive rock, I would say “progressive abstract”!! I’m kidding … but maybe not!
Are there any themes or emotions you hope the viewer sees when looking at your work?
I believe that great art always should, in addition to analyzing the “zeitgeist”, expose the paradoxes and hypocrisies of contemporaneity, favoring thereby least a few reflections, if not, a real evolution in collective thinking. I would not mind at all being able even only to get close to those aims, without sacrificing pure aesthetics and style research.
How would you say your style is different from others?
I feel still far from achieving a completely distinctive style
Your earlier works are more traditional including landscapes and figures, what made you change direction?
Although important, for me it was a phase of study, at one point the reproduction becomes an end in itself and limiting.
However, I plan to return to a personal figurative style mixing it with my other contemporary interest namely the sacred geometry.
Are you working on anything currently?
Yes! the return to figurative I mentioned above, various geometric and chromatic studies, and my main strand, in which the main goal for now is to detach myself from some particularities of my personal technique, sometimes bind itself too much to his own “manner” can be a further drag on growth.
Are you academically taught or self taught?
I graduated from art school, and I would have liked to attend the Academy of Fine Arts, but in the end I opted for a specialization in music, graduating at the “Percentomusica” in Rome.
As you are a musician and not only artist, tell us more about your music career. I see you was part of a blues band called the ‘Jelly Roll Band’. How did your band form?
back in my hometown, I answered a call, and for me it was almost natural to start a partnership in a band playing a genre to me so much kindred.
‘Jelly Roll Band on Stage’
How did your band come up with its name?
in fact, the band has just transformed itself. Our new name is “Tintilia Boom Boom” where instead of the most common “tequila” there is the name of a very fine wine from Molise, our region…
How much has the blues music influenced you?
Well, about the blues I think is necessary a premise, in my conception blues is not just a musical genre, its importance goes far beyond being the progenitor, directly or indirectly, of so many kinds of music of the last century, is a matter which is directly related to musical language and its potential. I try to explain better, from a structural point of view, the blues is very simple, it is a cyclical form of music in twelve bars characterized by progressions of seventh chords but in this simple case the expressive potential of the soloist are endless, this happens in many other musical contexts, of course, but precisely the simplicity of the basic harmony of the blues makes it almost mandatory to focus on expressive potentialities of their own instrument, rather than on solutions of harmonic or melodic nature that have more to do with genres in which the compositional complexity is on a quite different level, I think about jazz and beyond. I believe that the blues in this sense transcends itself compenetrating potentially every other musical genre.
So, to answer your question, the influence of the blues on me, as a musician, is precisely linked to theme of language
Who are your favorite blues artists and why?
in addition to many great blues guitarists, I think to Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, but also harmonica player like Sonny Boy Williamson and Junior Wells to name a few. I gladly quote also an Italian artist who I admire very much Fabio Treves. A strong influence on me was definitely exerted by musicians who not belonging strictly to pure blues, but, that by it have drawn and much, but in general they have added important chapters in the history of modern guitar among the many Jeff Beck and David Gilmour.
other musicians to me fundamental are (we stay in the guitaristic coveted) Scott Henderson and Pat Metheny.
Have you always like blues music?
Yes, even though I started to delve it a little later than other genres that I love such as progressive rock, jazz-rock, fusion and bossa nova. let’s say is a continuous rediscovery
What are you doing musically now, as your band broke up in 2008?
The band still exists although it has changed some members and name and we are happily in assets.
Furthermore I’m trying to put on another project far more post-rock than blues.
Teaching, to which I devote part of my time and finally there’s my solo project for only guitars, a fairly ambitious project that I hope to complete before the next ice age
When did you start composing music?
Guitar Composition “Inteciòn”
At the age of fifteen more or less. “Psychedelic Soup” was my first experience with a band that sought to go beyond the cover or tribute bands style.
from the compositional point of view and not only very exciting
Do you write your own music?
I typically compose directly on the instrument, it can happen that I need to write it on the stave later for other reasons, but never during the act of composition.
Do you have any upcoming gigs or exhibitions? If so where and details of venues other artists.
I finished last month my first solo exhibition at the gallery Freedom of Piacenza 6, and I cannot wait to repeat the experience elsewhere!
Where can people find you on the internet?
I hope to soon put online my personal website.
At the moment I am on the site Artfinder.com
What was it that intrigued you about doing work on the theme elements?
I was inspired by nature , human nature, urban life and zen calligraphy in art college when I decided to chose elements as a theme for my artistic expression.
Each piece of element paintings are like a part of mosaic, depicting macro (earth- fire-air-water-space) and micro elements (human and urban life ).
My aim is to depict the fabulous diversity and profusion of our universe.
My artist statement from 2004 describes the best my spirit of artistic creation and my motivation:
„My paintings depicting nature: that surrounds us, the micro- and macrocosm and human nature that is like immense space. Human is like space, forever changing energy fields: atoms as our blood circulation, as galaxies originate and stars decline, floating into ash inside.We are, as ash of stars, transmitting light. ”
Which artists have influenced your work and why?
In art college I was mostly influenced by zen master calligraphers Hakuin and Hokusai. I am deeply touched by their pure and simple style, their method of using free space on paper and their spirituality.
My diploma work was a research about the influence of zen calligraphy to western artists.
Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Michalengelo’s drawings, paintings and sculpture made a deep impact on my drawing style. They are true master of art.
Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Miró, Picasso helped me to create my own style with their vibrant colors and free and unique styles of painting techniques. Their example liberated my developing artistic style.
Mark Tobey, Rothko, Kline, Mondrian and Warhol influenced me to feel free of all concepts I have ever seen and used before and encouraged me to leave behind all I studied.
You seem to apply your talents to a multiple areas of art and design. What do you think each one brings to your overall career as an artist?
I experienced that being a graphic designer helps a lot in creating my urban and figurative paintings. Creating photography, installations, sculptures, animation, motion picture are inspirational as well. What movement and style would you define yourself as?
I work on different themes with different styles: I could describe my style of 5 elements as a bit of lyrical abstract (water series) and also a bit of calligraphic ( air series),symbolic ( fire and earth series), figurative ( human series).
You describe yourself as a mixed media artist, what is it that this gives you that having just one medium don’t?
I like to make experiments , using and trying different textures on different bases, it is like a free play with material and keeps my art spontaneous, innovative. These new researches are a great challenge for me when I work with new techniques. For instance gold and silver pigment with egg tempera mixed with acrylic paint can make magnificent layers on canvas or on paper.
Do you have a set way of working, process or a technique that you follow?
When the idea of my painting appears as a clear vision with full details of colors and shapes and textures in my mind, I draw it on a paper and after I paint it. I give space to spontaneous creation, so sometimes on canvas I change the original concept if I feel that would be better creating in a different way of composition or changing some colors.
If you had a dream exhibition who would you place your work with and why?
I would exhibie with zen calligraphers, Picasso and Miró. I also consider Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Hundertwasser, Mondrian, Tobey, Rothko, Kline, great masters of art. I am inspired by their artworks a lot.
What was it that made you become an artist?
My first memory from my childhood was drawing on the walls of my parents house and that my drawing depicted „two tigers in a cage” was exhibited in kindergarten. I believe I was born to be an artist and two of my family members are talented artists as well. (poet and composer.)
Have you always liked the arts?
Yes, art for me is like air I breathe. Music, poetry and fine art are my favorites.
Have you faced many obstacles in your journey?As being an artist can be a tough industry.
In every profession there are obstacles and difficulties, we all have our own path to walk. From the beginning I learned from obstacles and difficulties a lot, to stay tough and to never give up my goals and keep continue painting. Are you a commercial based artist?
No, not really. But I believe self commercials as blogs and websites are essential tools for an artist to present their portfolio for galleries, art dealers and buyers. Most of my invitations and contact requests, purchases I can thank for my website and social media profiles. Are you currently working on anything new?
Yes, I was invited to a mail art exhibition „ Transfer” will be organized in 3 countries. ( Hungary, Greece, Denmark) It was a brand new experiment, painting on a very small, postcard size surface and sending it by real post. This is the first time I created a mail art piece, I usually like to paint in big size, so it was a bit of challenge painting with very small brushes small details.
Do you see your work changing direction?
Yes, there are and will be always changes in my artwork.
I usually change theme when I realize that a particular theme is fully completed and I can not send any new messages to the viewers . I do not feel like creating the same type of paintings all the time. That would be is dull with no challenge for me as an artist. I really like to start something brand new that keeps my spirit busy and fresh. Theme elements is quite variable as a mosaic or sight of kaleidoscope. In fact I still find endless variation possibilities in element theme. Do you have any upcoming exhibitions?
Yes, „Transfer” exhibit in Hungary, Greece, Denmark. http://krisztinaasztalos.blogspot.hu/2016/01/transfer-mail-art-exhibition-2016.html
What advice would you give another artist?
Since each of us has different reality and life experience, I prefer not giving advice to other artists. I just would like encourage all artists be themselves, enjoy painting like a child and be happy with their creation!
Your work seems to capture the everyday. Would you agree with this?
Yes. For me is very important capture the everyday. I really enjoy picking my camera, and going to the streets, lost in the city, talk with the people,….I can´t describe it with words,…but I feel something in my heart when I capture “decisive moments” like Cartier-Bresson said,….I really enjoy it.
What style would you say is portrayed in your work?
My work is based basically in documentary photography, portraits and abstractions.
Who inspires you?
Before photography I´ve studied Architecture and music. I think my references are really different. At the end I´m influenced for all the arts I think. I really love the works of Martin Parr, Daido Moriyama, Gilliam Wearing, Utta Barth, William Klein,… the list could be very big, I think it will never ends.
What do you hope the viewer sees when looking at your work?
I never propose to me this question. I´ll try to do my best always, put all my head and heart making photos,….Of course there are people that loves my work, other will hate it,…but this is life.
Is there any particular technique you use in your work?
Digital photography and for some projects I use black and white film too.
Do you still see yourself as a musician and architect?
I only see me like a photographer. But maybe there are something of the musician and the architect in my projects. In architecture I learnt to work really hard…In music I learnt the meaning of discipline.
Do you still practice these mediums alongside your photography?
I´m a bit obsessive sometimes with the geometry and composition.
What made you decide to change mediums?
The life changes and everybody changes. Without looking for, step by step, I was entering in the photography. Do you see your work changing soon or will it continue with the same themes?
I don´t know,….I think that work of every artist must change with the past of the years,….your mind change, the world change, everything change.
Have you got any upcoming exhibitions?
Maybe in England, It´s probably that I´ll come soon to expose my work there.
What is your favorite camera and why?
My favourite camera doesn’t exists. It would be a full frame digital camera with a 35mm fixed lenses, little heavy, small, good high ISO, possibility to use pre-focus, and good autofocus with low light. And no expensive too.