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(My piece 'Starfisk + Monster' at the "Letting in the Light" exhibtion, Stratford, East London, January - March 2016)

Biography:- (Skip the biography - show me the pictures)

Hi, I'm Chris. Welcome to my online portfolio.

I have had several pieces published in 'The Big Issue' magazine and one of my pictures has been included in 'Letting in the Light', an outdoor light-box exhibition in Stratford, East London. One of my animated short movies was shown on regional television in 2002.

I've been using computers to create images, animations, interactive pieces and music since the early 1990's and I have a Professional Development Certificate in interactive multimedia design. I also have paid work experience in graphic design, 3D design / animation, video editing, web research and as a PC and audio / visual field technician.

I've always enjoyed drawing and painting. During my early teens I was a keen model maker (Airfix kits etc.) and later was very interested in painting and modifying role-playing figurines (Citadel miniatures and the like). I like to think of these hobbies as a sort of apprenticeship in form and colour and different types of paint and painting techniques.

I first got into using computers in my artwork writing programs in BASIC to generate geometric graphics patterns on early 8 bit computers like the Sinclair Spectrum and the Acorn Electron in the 80's, but more seriously when I got my first Commodore Amiga and Deluxe Paint. Since then I've been using a combination of digital and hand drawn techniques in my work.

I'm greatly inspired by surrealists like René Magritte, M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali, abstract artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock, a lot of 'pop' artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and 'op art' artists like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

I'm also very interested in ideas surrounding geometry and topology (the juxtaposition of regular and irregular polygonal shapes, symmetry / asymmetry and tessellation) and concepts from fractal maths (endless repetitions of similar but non-identical shapes and patterns etc.).

My other influences come from many disparate sources such as comic books (mostly British comics like 200AD, Tornado, StarLord), science fiction and fantasy art (Chris Foss, Rodney Matthews etc.), album covers, tribal art from around the world, body art, graffiti and stained glass windows. I love using a lot of bright, clashing colours in my work.

My work is mostly about internal states of mind I have experienced, from dreams and nightmares to altered states of perception, euphoria, delirium, isolation, alienation, paranoia and psychosis. I am in no way trying to create photo-realistic images from the real world, but rather to interpret some of the things I have been through in my mind in a visual and hopefully pleasing, although sometimes disturbing, form.

I also make electronic music, some of which can be found on my Soundcloud site, or you can order some of my CD's directly here. In addition I've made several short animated movies and videos for my tunes and these can be found on my YouTube site.

My artwork falls into six main catagories:

1) Hand drawn and digitally enhanced pictures.

2) Digital photo-montages.

3) Images created entirely in Photoshop.

4) Early Amiga images.

5) Early PC images.

6) Early hand drawn images.

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in getting prints of any of my pictures.

Part 1: Hand drawn and digitally enhanced pictures

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Part 2: Photo-montages

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Part 3: Digital Photoshop images

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Part 4: Early Amiga images

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Part 5: Early PC images

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Part 6: Early hand drawn images

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