Chris Leib (USA)
Chris Leib is an artist living and working in Brooklyn NY, painting and drawing Bonobo chimps and astronauts in various odd settings. Inspired by the species (mis)interpretation of historical contexts, he references a lot of Northern icon and early Renaissance works in his highly photorealistic paintings. “The subject is important to anyone doing realist work. In both what I am drawn to portray and the message I want to convey, the subject plays a vital role. Usually I’m drawn to worn or broken subjects because they bear the evidence of their existence, epistemological and often anthropological evidence. But I think these two issues, subject and self-expression, are intertwined for any realist painter. What choices I make in subject, how I paint it, the lighting, the mood, these are all expressions of the self. “It is not what you paint but how you paint it” is true, but I cannot say that what I am drawn to paint is not influenced by my methods of painting; I cannot say whether my methods have predisposed me to certain subjects. I think they have evolved together.” says the artist in his interview with Mission Arts.
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