Christopher Stead (b. 1974, UK) lives and works in London.
Tangled, torn, popped, squeezed and then hung in spaces of other, the painting’s live to evade the paradigms of commercial obedience, white cube boredom, and the polarities regimented by cultural hegemony.
The work seeks new places to hang. Inspired by Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, it finds solace in spaces of otherness. Informed by a youth growing up painting graffiti on the trains, a youth that turned into a life. 20 years painting in the dark. Surrounded by fences, along the train tracks, in and on derelict buildings. Places of abandon and neglect. Again, the work finds itself back in its familiar territory.
In 2016 Stead graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School, London, where he received the Painter - Stainers Scholarship Prize and Brian Till Art History Thesis Award. He also makes a damn fine risotto and enjoys walks on the train lines.
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Achievements & Goals
- Escaping graffiti in one piece, landing a scholarship and graduating with a First
- Selling out prints of my rave and police interview tapes at The Saatchi Gallery
- To continue painting with the same freedom and fluid methodology that allows me to paint in the wild in different countries
Genre & Style
- Tangled, torn, popped, squeezed and then hung in spaces of other, the work lives to evade the paradigms of commercial obedience, white cube boredom, and the polarities regimented by cultural hegemony
Inspiration & Vision
- The work feeds off counter culture, Acid House, 90’s hip hop nostalgia, vandalism, moral minimalism, piles of rubbish, the dystopic poetics of London, the quiet hum of the city and the loud noise of its citizens
Sales & Trajectory
- Already sold works
Technique & Material
- The paintings are made on beaches around Europe
- Cans of paint are burst with nails, sand and mud is flung
- An alchemy between the paint and the land turns into a painterly concrete
- The paintings are stuffed into rucksacks and returned to the studio where Ikea bags of previous endeavours await
- The process becomes fecund