Nicholas C. Christopher
My fascination has always been in taking the camera, a tool of the Impressionists and early compositional photographers and moving photography into the realm of 'true art'. I have been honing my skill set over the course of fifty years, refining the work to its current day presentation.
Working only outdoors with available light, I capture the visual juxtaposition of light and shadow that plays within a compositional 'color' palette. Dimensionality or lack thereof is a product of this interplay. These elements increase during the assembly process taking my two dimensional compositions and adding depth. Light & shadow play a new role in creating a three dimensional finished work. The assemblies hang on a wall, which is now also part of the paradigm.
Many of my pieces are conceived and photographed during my travels. Work is shot in the moment and then placed on my digital screen. Nothing is final – the images float until they find their own synchrony. In a sense I capture brush strokes, either still or in motion, which are then arranged into a new visual precept. Light and color for their own sake. Removal of the subject’s 'real world' definitions moves the viewer further into their own imagination and visual reference points.
I work with both a Nikon SLR digital camera and an iPhone to create my stock impressions, though I find myself relying on the iPhone more often, as it calls less attention to my capturing the initial images.
2015 Scope Art Fair 2015, December 1-6, 2015
The Voice of the Artist, Miami Bch, FL
2013 Art Southampton 2013, July 25-29, 2013
Represented by Dorian Grey Gallery, NYC
2023 Atlantic Gallery, NYC
2022 Plaxall Gallery, LIC
2022 Prince St. Gallery, NYC
2021 Atlantic Gallery , NYC
2021 Plaxall Gallery, NYC
2021 Prince St. Gallery, NYC
2021 Atlantic Gallery, NYC
2020 Atlantic Gallery, NYC
2019 "Off The Wall 2", Plaxall Gallery, NYC
2019 Bowery Gallery, NYC
2019 Plaxall Gallery, L.I.C., NYC
2018 Gallery Raw @ The Factory, LIC, NYC
2018 'Sound and Image' - Westbeth, NYC
2018 Atlantic Gallery, NYC
2017 '2nd Annual Fall Salon' - Plaxall Gallery,
2017 'Art from the City's Heart - Plaxall Gallery
2017 Small Works - Riverside Library, NYC
2017 'Art Exhibition' - NY Borough President’s Gallery
2017 Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC
2015 Exposure Awards, the Louvre Museum
2015 ‘Celebrating Our 75th Anniversary’ Federation of
Modern Painters & Sculptors – NY Borough
2014 "Works on Paper - Federation of Modern Painters &
Sculptors - Celebrating 75th Year"
2014 Aperture Foundation Gala Benefit Auction
‘The Bean’, 2012, Sold
1989 Whitman Gallery, Wingdale, N.Y.
1989 “Jet Lag”, ‘The Use of Travel and Tourism as Metaphor’,
SoHo, New York City
One Person Exhibitions:
1986 Belanthi Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC
1984 Belanthi Gallery, NYC, ‘Photo-Abstractions’
1983 Belanthi Gallery, NYC, ‘Studies In Time’
J. Taylor Kasker, “Nicholas C. Christopher photographs movement”,
ARTSPEAK, June 1, 1986
Palmer Poroner, “Photography – the meaning of place”,
ARTSPEAK, October 1, 1984
Amy Winter, “Nicholas C. Christopher – An Odyssey in Color”,
ARTSPEAK, February 3, 1983
General Electric Corporation, New York City
Trans Sea Bulk, Inc., New York City
Private Collections: San Francisco, New York City, Richmond VA, Amsterdam, Athens, London, Paris.
2017 - 'Happy Birthday Ike'- Child's photo book - private publication, Marilynn Karp - Publisher & Chef
2015 - 'The Voice of the Artist, a select collection of work', 15th annual SCOPE Art Show, December 2015.
2015 - 'The Exposure Award, Art Photography Collection', Exposure Awards, July 2015.
1978-1981 Theatre For The forgotten, New York City,
Documented CETA Arts Program.
1978 TOO LATE FOR YOGURT, Westbeth Theatre
New York City, Photographic Scenery
1977 NOEMATA, The Brooklyn Museum, New
York City,Photographs for exhibition’s catalogue
1974-1975 HANAC, Inc., New York City, Documented
Education: Self -Taught