About

Photo Courtesy Hugo Teixeira
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Actively creative from early childhood. Christopher has been constructing worlds of his own as far back as he can remember. No stranger to dabbling at many forms of expression; Collage, Diorama, Drawing, Painting and Woodworking to name a few.

It wasn’t until the age of 22, that he decided to pick up a paintbrush and with limited formal training, began creating portraits of which he described as a “Post Modern Film Noir” style. Some of the pieces included, desperate people in dark places and drawings inspired by classic films. The compositions received acclaim in small circuits throughout New York City, but his heart was in film work. So, he decided to sell all of the designs and moved to Hollywood, California; where he worked on various art departments in film production. Gaining professional experience on everything from music videos, commercials, independent and mainstream films. At the time his talents were focused on other peoples’ projects, this left him feeling uninspired to pursue his own artistic endeavors and for several years he stopped painting altogether.

Fast-Forward some 20 years to the present. Living back in New York and having reclaimed a love for art. He creates, purely as a form of expression. It offers a window of freedom to reflect on life and the world around him. Working with mediums such as Collage, Digital and Fine art, he has found a balance that satisfies his need to be constructive. Outside of creating works of his own, Christopher is the driving force behind the art blog Ladder & Key.com. Interviewing artists weekly, posting about upcoming events and helping to spread the word on the art world around the globe for almost a decade.


Recent interview conducted by the PAC (Paterson Arts Council) dated 5/17/18

Q: Where were you raised? Can you paint a picture of your childhood?

Christopher: I grew up in a blue-collar household in the suburbs of a white-collar town in Northern New Jersey just outside of Manhattan. My mother worked a day shift as a seamstress, my father was a night-time foreman for a tour bus company. Mostly raised by my grandmother, she made sure we had everything we needed, but it was my uncles who gave me my first exposure to NYC and the arts.

Q: Did you always create art as a kid, or did you come to it later in life?

Christopher: I have always had a big inner-world and an overactive imagination. I created on every level as a child; If we wanted to play bank robbers, I built a security system panel out of an old shoe box that we’d have to bypass in order to reach the make-believe safe. If my toys were going to be soldiers, I’d enlist my mom into sewing miniature uniforms for them. Even as a child I had a need to see the artistic vision in my mind become a three-dimensional reality. I’ve never stopped creating.

Q: Which artists have influenced your work? Why and how?

Christopher: I love Pierre Bonnard’s work. I wish I had the ability of George Copeland Ault coupled with the Jazz of Stuart Smith. I love provocative imagery – anything that arrests ones attention, like when you walk through a gallery and are unexpectedly drawn-in by a piece. In my own work, that has become an eternal search to find just the right imagery, partnered with just enough symbolism, set in the right color palette or texture, to magnetize an audience and capture that attention.

Q: Any other influences (people, places, ideas)?

Christopher: Travel has been a huge influence. I’m blessed that I have had the opportunity to travel extensively. Creatively it’s allowed me to see and meet artists around the world. Outside of that I look at art endlessly for the website I run www.LadderandKey.com. Everything has a seeping influence. I’ve found inspiration in many of the now 313 artists we have interviewed and I’m continually motivated by their responses. It’s a weekly revelation to carry on making art.

Q: Tell me about your practice—how do you generate ideas, what medium do you use?

Christopher: I take ideas from people, places, things, photographs, a slogan or catch-phrase. I load the concepts into photoshop as a raw idea, smash it all together into some interesting combination, then print it out, draw it on a canvas, and paint it. I’m not afraid to mix mediums -whatever gets the point across best and doesn’t make the message derivative.

Q: Is your art more concept-driven or image-driven?

Christopher: I‘m somewhere in the middle. I vacillate between a concept-driven image and something that to me is striking and provocative to the viewer. The struggle has always been finding the right balance.

Q: Why do you make the art you make?

Christopher: Because I need a medium for my creative energy. I’ve often said that I was yelled at a lot as a kid – high expectations and all that – so I don’t know how to sit still. There is a level of truth in that. I’d love to just sit, and exist, and do absolutely nothing! I am completely incapable of it though. Maybe I remain active from a mix of volatile inner inertia made up of childhood guilt that I’m not trying hard enough, that I must do more(?)…I don’t know ask my therapist.

Q: Does your art influence your life, and vice versa?

Christopher: Without a question it does. I don’t employ a persona that is “just one thing” all day long. With so many hats to wear, art influences everything I do. I’m an eccentric. I’m a painter. A slap-tagger. A father. And I vacuum with panache.

Q: What do you think about the notion “the lonely artist”?

Christopher: I’m not built like that. I love people. I’m an agitator by nature. I talk to strangers. I love reaction. My art wouldn’t exist without the interpersonal-interaction.  I’m not lonely or alone, and my art is an extension of that.

Q: Does your art connect you to the world in some way, or does it help you navigate the world?

Christopher: My art is how I process through our world. Talking to strangers, hearing their stories, provoking a reaction from them, and being able to capture that, encapsulate it with my art, is how I connect. Certainly, that makes my art a direct result of my reactions and perceptions – and a viewpoint I want to share. To create and exercise thoughts and processes past my own lens, is part of what helps me navigate a lot of what I see.

Q: Do you make art for yourself or other people?

Christopher: I make art for a reaction. If I paint a portrait, I want to draw you in to the beauty of the person or their pain. I want the viewer to see it through my lens, my perception, especially if it challenges and provokes them. I don’t think I would be making art if I couldn’t incite a reaction.

Q: What purpose do you think art serves today?

Christopher: Now, more than ever, we must endeavor to create. This world demands our voices and visions to influence change – on whichever side of the aisle you take your stand. Art is the embodiment of that voice, holding a mirror to reflect our progression.


CV GALLERY EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, SOLO SHOWS:

 

Art of Fashion, Chelsea Hotel – NYC, NY

May 24th, 2011

Curator: John McMullen

 

Ubushobozi Fund Raiser, Sheep Station – Brooklyn, NY

June 10th, 2011

Event Coordinator Betsy Todd

 

Group Show, J’DA ResidenceNYC, NY

June 23rd, 2011 – July 23rd, 2011

Curator: Stella Lillig

 

Art of Fashion “Passions of Style”, Chelsea Hotel – NYC, NY

June 29th, 2011

Curator: John McMullen

 

Antagonist Movement, Niagra Bar – NYC, NY

June 30th, 2011

Curator: Shannon Daugherty

 

RawArtist “Illuminare”, La Pomme – NYC, NY

July 28th, 2011

Curator: Dawn Walsh

 

Group Show, HIS daughterStudio – Huntsville, AL

September 17th, 2011- October 22nd, 2011

Curator: Amanda Lyle Dunn

 

Onefive4gallery Group Show, Northern Soul – Hoboken, NJ

September 19th, 2011 – October 16th, 2011

Curator: Cassie Opia

 

Group Show, Mac Worthington Gallery – Columbus, OH

October 1st, 2011 – November 1st, 2011

Curators: Mac Worthington/Tony Boring

 

Antagonist Movement, Niagra Bar – NYC, NY

October 13th, 2011

Curator: Shannon Daughtery

 

Group Show, Gallery 122 – West Arcadia, FL

October 22nd, 2011 – December 22nd, 2011

Curator: Marc Washicheck

 

Group Show, NRG Gallery llc – Columbus, OH

October 22nd, 2011 – December 22nd, 2011

Curator: Nicholas Gonzalez

 

4+Elements Exhibition, Prince George Ballroom – NYC, NY

November 1st, 2011 – December 1st, 2011

Curator: Stella Lillig

 

Art of Fashion Event, Peter Louis Gallery – NYC, NY

November 11th, 2011

Curators: Peter Louis, John McMullen

 

Billups Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser, 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN

November 28th, 2011

Curator: Anthony Billups

 

Art of Fashion “Candy Rock Couture” Event, Chrystie 141 – NYC, NY

December 16th, 2011

Curator: John McMullen

 

Art Connections 8, George Segal Gallery – Montclair, NJ

January 22nd, 2012 – February 18th, 2012

Curator: Teresa Rodriguez

 

Viewpoints 2012, Ben Shaun Galleries – Wayne, NJ

March 26th, 2012 – April 20th, 2012

Curator: Alexandra Schwartz

 

Emotions Expressions of the Human Soul, Le Salon d’Art – NYC, NY

May 3rd, 2012 – June 2nd, 2012

Curator: Hans Kerremans

 

BKC Eastcoast Sticker Show 2, Ivyhouse Studio – Brooklyn, NY

June 12th, 2012

Curator: BKC Crew

 

Street Smart Arts, Punk Milk – Melbourne Australia

July 7th, 2012 – July 18th, 2012

Curator: Justine Milburn

 

The Crow Show, Shoe Factory Art Co-op – Rochester, NY

August 3rd, 2012 – August 29th, 2012

Curator: Beth Brown

 

Stickem’ Up 3, Orange Studios – Orlando, FL

September 8th, 2012

Curator: Edward Seymour

 

In wall we trust (International Street Art Exhibition II) – Airola Italy

September 29th, 2012 – September 30th, 2012

Curator: Domenico Naf-mk Tirino

 

1 ComboLoko, Festival Sem Paredes Juiz De Fora Brazil

October 15th, 2012

Curator: Cão Lopes

 

Stick or Treat, Home:bass – Portland, OR

October 31st, 2012

Curators: Skam Sticker, Rx Skulls

 

Sticky Fingaz, Elderado Clothing – Perth W. Australia

October 31st, 2012 – November 1st, 2012

Curator: Post It Sticker Exchange and BKC Crew Australia

 

Ignorant Art III, C.I.A. – Los Angeles, CA

November 2nd, 2012

Curator: Ignorant Art

 

Sticker Jam 2012, GhostGallery – Sao Paulo Brazil

November 2nd, 2012

Curator: Alxdr71

 

Slapocalypse Part 2, Chopsticks Urban Art Space – Oakland, CA

December 8th, 2013

Curator: Chopsticks Urban Art Space

 

Art Connections 9, George Segal Gallery – Montclair, NJ

January 8th, 2013 – February 9th, 2013

Curator: Victor Davson

 

Dead of Winter Art Show, The Gin Mill – Kearny, NJ

January 12th, 2013

Curator: Suzy Von Q

 

2nd Annual Members Arts Group Invitational, Rouge Space – Chelsea NYC, NY

February 7th, 2013

Curator: John McMullan

 

Ruffianism Sticker Show 2, Tijuana BD Mexico

February 23rd, 2013

Curator: Le Ruffian

 

Urban Area, F.Delpino  Italy

June 18th, 2013

Curator: Standard574 in Assoc w/Adna Collettivo

 

Stick of It All vol.4, Bilbao Spain

June 29th, 2013

Curator: Vida Looka

 

Melting Pop, Firenze Italy

June 30th, 2013

Curator: Stelleconfuse Tree

 

Becoming Whole, The Fine Grind – Little Falls, NJ

July 2nd, 2013

Curator: Christopher Priority

 

Urban Up, Leipzig/Germany

July 26th, 2013

Curators: Rude Leipzig & Chico De La Kaos

 

Stuck 3, Rolling Stock Gallery – Fort Lauderdale, FL

July 27th, 2013

Curator: Rolling Stock Gallery

 

DCSS, The Fridge – Washington D.C.

August 3rd, 2013

Curator: Iwillnot Art

 

Inglorious Vandals 2, Gift2gab – San Jose, CA

December 15th, 2013

Curator: Gift2Gab

 

AutoGraff, The Esplanade Hotel St Kilda –  VIC, Australia

February 23rd, 2014

Curator: Punk Milk

 

ComboLoko,II Festival – Sem Paredes Juiz De Fora Brazil

February 23rd, 2014

Curator: Cão Lopes

 

MONSTER POSTER & STICK’AZZ 2, 167B St – San Donato Di Lecce, Italy

March 2014

Curator: Francesco Luceri

 

Cola Aqui! Stick Here, International Urban Art Expo – São Paulo/SP Brazil

March 28th, 2014

Curator: Andre Brazil

 

Sticker Nerds 3, Portland, OR

March 29th, 2014

Curators: Skam Sticker, DoctorRasterbator Sticker and Rx Skulls

 

SLAPocalypse THREE, Chopsticks UAS – Oakland, CA

March 29th, 2014

Curator: Chopsticks Urban Art Space

 

STICKER SHOCK, Winchester, CA

April 12th, 2014

Curators: We R. Fuxus and Art N Delia

 

Stick Around, Budapest, Romania

April 19th, 2014

Curator: Creaturi Dragute

 

HMNI, WestSyde – Sydney, Australia

May 1st, 2014

Curator: Darren Kalis

 

Viewpoints 2014, alijira – Newark, NJ

June 7th, 2014 – June 30th, 2014

Curator: Sue Scott

 

Paterson ArtWalk 2014, Art Factory – Paterson, NJ

June 14th, 2014 – June 15th, 2014

Curator: Matt Gosser

 

Pop Up in Pawtucket, Lorraine Mills – Pawtucket, RI

September 20th, 2014

Curator: Beck Lane

 

Paterson Art Walk 2015, Art Factory – Paterson, NJ

June 13th, 2015 – June 14th, 2015

Curator: Matt Gosser

 

DC Street Sticker Expo 2.0, The Fridge – Washington D.C.

July 18th, 2015

Curator: iwillknott

 

DC Street Sticker EXPO 3.0, The Fridge – Washington D.C.

November 8th, 2016

Curator: iwillknott

 

The Sticker Show, Offbeat – Jackson, MI

July 13th, 2018

Curator: Will Brooks

 

Families Belong Together Fundraiser, Studio 307 Mana Contemporary – Jersey City, NJ

July 18th, 2018

Curators: Asha Ganpat & Amina Ahmed

 

Blend Festival, Ost-Stern – Frankfurt, Germany

July 29th, 2018

Curator: Erik Krieger
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PUBLICATIONS

Catapult- Mag, Issue 2, Owner/ Editor Thena Cartright

The Vein, October 2011 Issue, Editor Jami Kali

Art Buzz, 2012 Collection, Founder/ Director Tony Blue

Catapult- Mag, Issue 8, Owner/ Editor Thena Cartright