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. Curator John McMullen              

                May 24 2011

Ubushobozi Fund Raiser, Sheep Station – Brooklyn NY. Event Coordinator Betsy Todd         

                June 10 2011

Group Show, J’DA Residence – NYC NY. Curator Stella Lillig         

                June 23 2011 – July 23 2011

Art of Fashion “Passions of Style”, Chelsea Hotel – NY NY. Curator John McMullen

                June 29 2011  

Antagonist Movement, Niagra Bar – NYC NY. Curator Shannon Daugherty             

                June 30 2011

RawArtist “Illuminare”, La Pomme – NYC NY. Curator Dawn Walsh

July 28 2011

Group Show, HIS daughterStudio – Huntsville AL. Curator Amanda Lyle Dunn     

September 17 2011- October 22 2011

Onefive4gallery Group Show, Northern Soul – Hoboken NJ. Curator Cassie Opia     

September 19 2011 – October 16 2011

Group Show, Mac Worthington Gallery – Columbus OH. Curators Mac Worthington/Tony Boring  

October 1 2011 – November 1 2011

Antagonist Movement, Niagra Bar – NYC NY. Curator Shannon Daughtery

October 13 2011

Group Show, Gallery 122 West – Arcadia Florida. Curator Marc Washicheck   

October 22 2011 – December 22 2011

Group Show, NRG Gallery llc – Columbus Ohio. Curator Nicholas Gonzalez   

October 22 2011 – December 22 2011

4+Elements Exhibition, Prince George Ballroom – NYC NY. Curator Stella Lillig  

November 1 2011 – December 1 2011

Art of Fashion Event, Peter Louis Gallery – NYC NY. Curators Peter Louis, John McMullen

November 11 2011

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

November 28 2011

Art of Fashion “Candy Rock Couture” Event, Chrystie 141 – NYC NY. Curator John McMullen

December 16 2011

Art Connections 8, George Segal Gallery – Montclair NJ. Curator Teresa Rodriguez

January 22 2012 – February 18 2012

Viewpoints 2012, Ben Shaun Galleries – Wayne NJ. Curator Alexandra Schwartz

March 26 2012 – April 20 2012

Emotions Expressions of the Human Soul, Le Salon d’Art – NYC NY. Curator Hans Kerremans

May 3 2012 – June 2 2012

BKC Eastcoast Sticker Show 2, Ivyhouse Studio – Brooklyn NY. Curator BKC Crew

June 12 2012

Street Smart Arts, Punk Milk – Melbourne Australia. Curator Justine Milburn

July 7 – July 18 2012

The Crow Show, Shoe Factory Art Co-op – Rochester NY. Curator Beth Brown

August 3 – August 29 2012

Stickem’ Up 3, Orange Studios – Orlando FL. Curator Edward Seymour

September 8 2012

In wall we trust (International Street Art Exhibition II), – Airola Italy. Curator Domenico Naf-mk Tirino

September 29 – September 30 2012

1 ComboLoko, Festival Sem Paredes – Juiz De Fora Brazil. Curator Cão Lopes

October 15 2012

Stick or Treat, Home:bass,- Portland OR. Curators Skam Sticker, Rx Skulls

October 31, 2012

Sticky Fingaz, Elderado Clothing – Perth, Western Australia. Curator Post It Sticker Exchange and BKC Crew Australia

October 31 2012 – November 1 2012

Ignorant Art III, C.I.A. -Los Angeles, CA. Curator Ignorant Art

November 2, 2012

Sticker Jam 2012, GhostGallery – Sao Paulo Brazil. Curator Alxdr71

November 2 2012

Slapocalypse Part 2, Chopsticks Urban Art Space – Oakland Ca.

December 8, 2013

Art Connections 9, George Segal Gallery – Montclair, NJ. Curator Victor Davson

January 8 2013 – February 9 2013

Dead of Winter Art Show, The Gin MIll – Kearny, NJ. Curator Suzy Von Q

                January 12, 2013

2nd Annual Members Arts Group Invitational, Rouge Space / Chelsea – NYC, NY. Curator John McMullan

February 7, 2013

Ruffianism Sticker Show 2, Tijuana BD – Mexico. Curator Le Ruffian

February 23, 2013

Urban Area, F.Delpino – Italy. Curator Standard574 in Assoc w/Adna Collettivo

June 18, 2013

Stick Of It All vol.4, – Bilbao Spain. Curator Vida Looka

June 29, 2013

Melting Pop, Firenze – Italy. Curator Stelleconfuse Tree

June 30, 2013

Becoming Whole, The Fine Grind – Little Falls, NJ. Curator Christopher Priority

July 2, 2013

Urban Up, Leipzig/Germany. Curators Rude Leipzig and Chico De La Kaos

July 26, 2013

Stuck 3, Rolling Stock Gallery – Fort Lauderdale, FL. Curator Rolling Stock Gallery

July 27, 2013

DCSS, The Fridge – Washington, DC. Curator Iwillnot Art

August 3, 2013

Inglorious Vandals 2,  Gift2gab – Sam Jose, CA. Curator Gift2Gab

December 15, 2013

AutoGraff,  The Esplanade Hotel – St Kilda, VIC, Australia. Curator Punk Milk

February 23, 2014

ComboLoko,II Festival Sem Paredes – Juiz De Fora Brazil. Curator Cão Lopes

February 23, 2014

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

March 2014

Cola Aqui! Stick Here International Urban Art Expo – Santo Andre Brasil.

March 28, 2014

Sticker Nerds 3,  TBA – Portland, OR. Curators Skam Sticker, DoctorRasterbator Sticker and Rx Skulls

March 29, 2014

SLAPocalypse THREE,  Chopsticks UAS, Oakland CA. Curator Chopsticks Urban Art Space

March 29, 2014

STICKER SHOCK,  TBA –  Winchester, CA. Curators We R. Fuxus and Art N Delia

April 12, 2014

Stick Around – Budapest, Romania. Curator Creaturi Dragute

April 19, 2014

HMNI, WestSyde – Sydney, Austrtalia. Curator Darren Kalis

May 1, 2014

Viewpoints 2014, alijira – Newark, NJ. Curator Sue Scott

June 7, 2014 – June 30, 2014

Paterson ArtWalk 2014, Art Factory – Paterson, NJ. Curator Matt Gosser

June 14, 2014 – June 15, 2014

 Pop Up in PawtucketLorraine Mills – Pawtucket, RI. Curator Beck Lane

September 20, 2014

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