KRISTOPHER CASTLE
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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

Kristopher's art practice exists in two distinct spaces. In one, he paints the very real moments of everyday life that intrigue him. His figurative and landscape works evoke a vivid sense of aloof individualism and ambiguity in their subjects. Within the other space of his practice, he draws upon his professional history as a theatrical costume designer, to portray characters and narratives from his imagination, inspired by true stories lost mostly to time. These works are organized in cohesive series of genre paintings, employing realism and historic symbolism set within contemporary contexts, and explore a range of subjects from the Shakespeare authorship debate to the long-term effects of the coal industry on Appalachia.