Maya Angelou once wrote that life was not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but rather by those moments that leave us breathless.
Chrisken tries to capture some of those places and moments that have that indefinable power to leave us breathless.
As an artist, he is almost entirely self-taught. Nonetheless, he grew up internationally, being regularly exposed to many of the world’s great art collections, and came from a family that had themselves been collecting fine art for generations. These influences both instilled disciplined aesthetic sensibilities in him and gave him a very finely honed awareness of what worked and what didn’t… artistically. As his schedule permits, he teaches classes in both oil and acrylic. While he considers his art to be something of a hobby, his work nevertheless appears in corporate, private and public collections world wide.
His body of work spans landscapes, nudes, portraits, Art Deco paintings, fantasy genre paintings and intriguing assemblage pieces.
In his landscapes, he uses under-painting, washes and glazes to produce vibrant, subtly nuanced colors often giving his work a ethereal, mystical feeling. Because he is so widely traveled, his subjects range from some of our planet’s most desolate deserts to alpine meadows. Often painting from memory, he depicts locales that few of us will ever have an opportunity to visit.
The same slightly other-worldly quality that can be found in many of his landscapes also permeates many of his nudes as though the subjects existed in some other dimension where everyone is of a mythical beauty seldom seen in everyday life. Most of his nudes are executed in oil.
His portraiture captures subjects both humble and famous often in moments of personal epiphany and awe, and he has also painted portraits of some of the world’s most beautiful women. The later hardly being surprising given that he has personally known many of the world’s truly iconic beauties. He
works exclusively in oil when painting portraits.
Each year he also produces a number of off-beat pieces, employing unlikely combinations and assemblages of found objects, oil, acrylic, gold/silver leaf, high tech composites. They are part sculpture, part painting, part assemblage. He calls these somewhat exotic works Artifacts Teknologique and they are exhibited internationally every two years
Isabelle Renardi