Christopher Slaymaker is potent contemporary painter. His work contains strong gestural forms combined with abstract dream-space, rendered with rich dynamic brushwork. Slaymaker’s approach to his subjects is gentle and focused. The figures that star in Slaymaker’s autobiographical paintings exhibit a blooming self-awareness and a deep delight. Friends, favorite dogs, and the artist himself all play a role in the story of spiritual searching in his paintings.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1984 to artist parents, Christopher was an avid drawer by age 4 and exhibited artistic talent in visual arts throughout primary school. He grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He was a very active youth participating in many sports. Slaymaker received The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for drawing in 2006, then attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two years and finished his Undergraduate studies with BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in 2011. Christopher received his MFA from Laguna College of Art + Design in 2013, where he mentored with painter Kent Williams. Christopher now lives and works in Echo Park of Los Angeles California.
For more information on Christopher visit the following web sites:
contact at: ChristopherSlaymaker@gmail.com
MFA 2013 Laguna College of Art and Design
BA 2011 The Evergreen State College
2003-2006 Virginia Commonwealth University, Communication Arts
2006 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Award
2011, Christopher Slaymaker, The Capital Theater, Olympia Washington.
2013, “Risque”, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California.
2013, “Architecture For Dogs”, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California.
2013, “LCAD MFA Thesis Show”, Santa Monica, California.
2013, “LCAD MFA ’13”, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach California.
2012, “LCAD MFA Thesis show”, Santa Monica, California.
2012, “LCAD MFA ’12”, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach California.
2010 , “Sprout,” The Lofts On Cherry, Olympia, Washington.
2010 , “The In Here Out There,” The Lofts On Cherry, Olympia, Washington.
2009, “Disturbia,” The Robert Daniel Gallery, Tacoma, Washington.
2009, “Art Sauce,” The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
2009, “Everyone We Know,” The Art House Co-op Sketchbook Project Touring Exhibiton.
2008, “As Clouds Gather,” The Lofts On Cherry, Olympia, Washington.
2008,”Studio Projects: Painting,” The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach , CA
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Private Collections:Johnathan Burke, Kent Williams, Ron Nelson and over 36 private collections throughout the United States and Canada and South America
Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA, Master of Fine Arts
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, Bachelor of the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Art Foundations, one Year Illustration
Painter and Job Sight Manager
7 years of experience, painting home exteriors and interiors, Customer Service, Pressure washing, responsible for organizing and directing workers and setting and executing goals for each job.
2012 Laguna College of Art + Design
2010-2011 The Evergreen State College
Create/design lesson plans,Teach basic drawing classes to undergraduate level college students, Assist students with studio work
Supervise TESC woodshop, Help Students use machines, Build various structures to be used by the college, clean
2006 Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU Summer Arts Intensive Counselor
Assisted upper-class high school students in portfolio development, 24 hour dorm supervision
Escort to various activities
2005-2006 Virginia Commonwealth University
Lead VCU campus tours for prospective students and speak about the school, Clerical work
2002-2006 Great Eastern Resort
Certified Ski Technician
Made adjustments to rental skis and snowboards prior to usage, Made minor repairs to skis and snowboards.
2003 Vector Marketing Corporation
3 day training seminar in customer services, Performed demonstrations of product in the homes of pre-scheduled clients.
Retail, Line Cook, Cashier, Child care, Mural painting, Portrait painting, Painting and
Drawing instruction, Humanitarian work in Peru with the Gesundheit institute, attended
two summer sessions with the School for Designing a Society.
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