KRISTOPHER CASTLE
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ARTIST STATEMENT

 

 

My art practice exists in two distinct spaces. In one, I paint the real moments of everyday life that intrigue me. My figurative and landscape works evoke a vivid sense of aloof individualism and ambiguity in their subjects. Within the other space of my practice, I draw upon my professional history as a theatrical costume designer, to portray characters and narratives from my 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.