I work with paint and the process of painting. I am a painter who is concerned with the notion that a stranger is an abstract ideal. Currently, my work begins with a series of small sketches of strangers. I find that with drawing people I do not know, I can focus on the form and presence rather than their identity. Through this process I have discovered, the sketches become about a very peripheral experience of observing the person whilst the identity of the individual remains largely unknown. Upon return to my studio, these drawings become a catalyst for painting. I found that through the process of transcribing these sketches into paint, that I must scrape and reapply paint repeatedly; forming several layers that overlap which creates further abstraction of the figure and its surroundings. Each drip, spill and accident that occurs becomes part of the image and the process changes accordingly. The result is an image that has been informed by an observation and the process of painting itself.
2020 The recent global pandemic has changed how people interact with each other, thus changing my working process. Taking into account the minimal level of interaction we are having as people, I have adapted my work process as a reaction to “the new normal”. Instead of referring to drawings that where a direct response to strangers, I have been relying mostly on memories of interactions with previous paintings, expanding on certain elements and details and mixing these with mystery of identity that comes with face masks. These new paintings are an observation of change and how identity is affected. The process behind my painting is unchanged; paint is removed, washed away, re applied and drawn over. The result is a painting that is more focused on an idea or subject but becomes more uncertain about its possibilities and direction.
Any identity that belonged to the subject is consumed by this new image.
London, UK www.christopherbagnall.co.uk
Christopher Bagnall is an artist who works with painting, destructive performance installation and photography.
Education MA Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, 2015 BA (hons) Fine Art, University of Lincoln, 2013 BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design, Newcastle under Lyme College, 2010.
Selected Exhibitions 2020 Dance first, Think Later, General Practice, Lincoln 2015-2018 School of Mud, Various locations across London. Performance and image based. 2016 Maxilla studio open. Maxilla Studios, London. 2015 MA Degree Show, Chelsea School of Art, London It Was A Pleasure To Burn, Chelsea School of Art, London. Composite, Cookhouse Gallery & Triangle Space, London. School of Mud, Chelsea College of Art, London Bring Out Your Dead, BG02, Chelsea College of Art, London. Office Sessions IV, 40 Beak Street, London.
2014 The International Postcard Show 2014, Surface Gallery, Nottingham. Street Art Open, Surface Gallery Nottingham. Launch Exhibition , Blue Owl Art, Grantham (detail), Touring exhibition, H Gallery, Bangkok. Transition Gallery, London. Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Office Party Shows, Anchorage House, London.
2013 EM:13 (Residency & Exhibition), Surface Gallery, Nottingham. Deep Philosophical Thoughts Stole My Bike, Greestone Building, Lincoln. Entropic Ongo Bongo, Tithe Barn, Lincoln.
2012 Designated Viewpoint, Greestone Gallery Lincoln. Crocodiles with a Second Skin Thrash, Over and Out Gallery, Lincoln Paint a Vulgar Picture, Danesgate House, Lincoln
2009 Young Northern Design Exhibition, Rose Bowl, Leeds
Honours and Awards 2015 Clifford Chance Sculpture award (nominated) 2009Young Northern Design Competition shortlist.