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Christopher Tansey • Kingston Art Group

Christopher Tansey


My work is semi autobiographical and self reflective, drawing on existence, memory, experience, person and place to inform my visual language and express largely emotional responses through the use of vaguely representational elements and motifs.

My paintings don’t have meanings as such, although I hope that they communicate something that can’t be expressed easily by applying words. An energy if possible. I’m not quite sure what, but that’s why I keep painting.

I’ll have a starting point, a study, a sketch or an idea that is loosely built around the elements, shapes and motifs, but then my thoughts, emotions and feelings will influence the direction of the painting, as will the tension or harmony and struggle of the motifs and then also of course the ‘isness’ of the paint itself. All of these things make the painting. Life is material for my work and I paint to remind myself. Hopefully the result will be something that people will connect with. Some more than others and some more strongly than others.

Another primary theme/concern for me is exploring the ‘Isness’ and ‘Whyness’ of painting and paintings, and I’m trying to make sense of and explore the act of painting itself and what a painting is. The search for meaning is very much part of the creative process for me.