Artist Christopher Jewitt describes himself as an erratic kid, who ‘never kept still for very long.’ In his 20’s, Christopher fell in love with mark making, and eventually picked up a paintbrush and taught himself to paint. His work captures that vital childhood energy, through an aesthetic of ‘notebook doodles and simple scribbles’ that is informed by years of studying a masters of abstraction and figurative painting.
Christopher began to ‘professionalise’ his practice a decade ago, which he moved into his first studio space and sought the assistance of galleries. Now based in warehouse studio in Abbotsford, the artist enthuses ‘what I love most is the space above me which is a 10m high ceiling – space is luxury!’
The artist’s latest body of work combines what Christopher describes as ‘voltaic saturations of colour that are both gawky and voluptuous.’ There is almost a ‘magic-eye’ quality in this work, where patterns jump out to the viewer, only to swim out of reach in the blink of an eye. Layers of zig zags, swirls and lines of dots mingle together into an abstracted scene. The artist highlights that while aesthetically the works appear as abstract, they are ‘informed by narratives concerning people and their relationships to one another.’
The multidisciplinary artist is looking forward to translating his mark making into explorations with ceramics, and undertaking upcoming overseas residencies. Before he jets off, you can catch his work at the inaugural exhibition at Big Boom gallery in Geelong, opening this Thursday 8th August.