Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972
|Christopher Langley was born and educated in South Africa. In 1991 he moved to the UK and completed his art training at the University of Wolverhampton. He has since exhibited regularly in the UK, South Africa and the USA, and undertaken a broad range of private commissions, both paintings and sculptures.
His paintings start with the laying of an iridescent acrylic ground, informed by the use of gold as a substitute for a blue sky in medieval icon painting. The iridescent ground stands for the void or the ground of being.
The landscapes or ‘plantscapes’ are built up from a limited range of marks to form a design. The paintings are based on photographs taken around the Western Cape.
Recently Christopher has taken to painting personages using the same technique that he uses for his landscapes. The characters combine imaginative drawings with plants and landscapes.
Both sets of paintings explore the relationship of humanity to nature and the divine.
Amongst his sources of inspiration are Mogul miniatures, Oriental rugs and Outsider Art.
1994 - 97
1991 - 93
Cape Gallery, Cape Town
Solo Exhibitions and Artists’ Fairs
Houses of Parliament, Cape Town
2010: United Society of Artists ‘Annual Open Exhibition 2009’, Menier Gallery, London. I was elected to be a member of the society and shown in 2009.
2009: Kaleidoscope Dreams, group exhibition at Redbrick Arts Center, Aspen USA
2007: Aspen Gallery at Highlands, Aspen, USA, closed 2009. Produced 3 paintings (2007) 2009: and a stone carving (2008) for the gallery. (The carving, of a woman in black chlorite, was carved in situ.)
2007: ‘Boys Toys’, The Art House, Westbourne, UK
2006: ‘Adam and Eve Show’ at The New Art Centre, Chatham Kent
2005: ‘Field Exhibition’ at the Code Gallery, Bristol
2003: ‘19th Annual Open Exhibition’ at Café Gallery Projects, London
2001: Sculpture Festival/Sculpture Trail 2001, Cuckoo Farm Studios, Colchester
1998: On the Border’ selected by Mark Wallinger and Grif Rhys-Jones at
1994: The Waterlily Foundation, Cambridge
2009: ‘Rhine Nymph’, limestone carving of a standing woman for balcony in Switzerland
2006: Contracted by Bilton and Johnson to replace a damaged section of ’Aaron’s Rod’ wood carving for a building in Ipswich town centre.
2005: Four Guardian Kings and Wheel and Deer Architrave’ carving in chestnut wood for the entrance to the shrine room of the Ipswich Buddhist Centre
2004: Stupa Styled Donations Bowl, in tulip wood, for the Ipswich Buddhist Centre
1994: Figurative wood carvings for the ‘Thomas Wolsey’ Special School, Ipswich
Work as an Assistant
2006: I helped Louis Jansen van Vuuren, for a period each year, with two collaborations 2009: with Zwelethu Mthethwa and a couple of other projects. The exhibitions were held
1997: Nick Lloyd (sculptor and sculpture course leader at the University of Wolverhampton) with the roughing out of: ‘There and Back Again’ and ‘Round the Wrekin’, two abstract public stone carvings for Wolverhampton Bus Station; and the setting up of an exhibition, UK
1993: Deirdre Saunder (artist) with painting furniture, and a relief mural for one of her clients in Washington DC, USA
Employment/Volunteering in the UK
1994: Work for Windhorse Trading (affiliated to the Triratna Buddhist Community) part time, full time and casually: at their head office in Cambridge and their gift shops in Ipswich and London, in London I was the merchandising manager
1995-2003: Volunteered and worked casually for Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich
Artist: CHRISTOPHER LANGLEY
Title: Blue Plantscape
Size: 30.5 x 40.5 cm
Media: Acrylic, Oil & Enamel on canvas
Price: R 3 850
"My sculpture engages with line, concave, convex and vertical forms. It seeks to combine containment with aspiration, which derive from my religious practices of meditation and devotion. I wish to distil objects/beings to an expressive essence. I am intrigued by the extent to which one can abstract/alter/reduce/deform an object or figure, combine it with plant or architectural detail, and still interpret it inline with its original character/form. Consequentially I am interested in artists such as Constatin Brancusi, Cecil Skotnes, Pablo Picasso and Alexis Preller."
The sculptures are about particular characters, frequently of a religious nature, but sometimes drawn from the other arts such as literature and music.
The paintings are based on real landscapes with imaginary details added and are akin to symbolism. The tendency to abstract continues and is wed to an interest in patterning and interconnecting form and line. Inspiration has come from JH Pierneef, Cezanne and Henri Rousseau as well as botanical illustrations.
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