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 have to scrape and reapply paint repeatedly; forming several layers that overlap which creates further abstraction of the figure and its surroundings. The result is an image that has been informed by an observation and the act of drawing.
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 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.