PUSHING UP DAISIES
OIL ON CANVAS
16 IN. X 20 IN.
LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
As Christopher Evans, I honed my talents over years of figurative drawing, painting and exhibiting works at galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Rome. Several years ago after an extended crisis of health, I reflected on the future, humanity and its impact on the environment and our planet. I returned to the canvas and channeled these concerns into my art. I also changed my artistic direction and identity and chose the moniker LoWail: An amalgamation of my middle name Lowell with the word for a prolonged cry of pain, grief, and anger: a wail. The word wail has also meant to express oneself creatively to an advanced and excellent degree. The prefix Lo or Low indicates the lowbrow artistic direction I was now turning towards. The same razor sharp expression that defined my figurative art was now further tempered by an awe and outrage at man?s ability to bite the hand of the very source of our existence: Aristotle?s four elements of matter: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. My Manufractured Elements series content and technique evoke the works of many old masters, in this case, Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Echoing Arcimboldo's Element series, I attempted to illustrate the continued, and oftentimes, purposeful misunderstanding we have of our impact upon our planet. In those early days of glorious Renaissance art, we believed that our world was composed of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Today, many still believe that our exploitation of those elements can be carried on without consequences for ourselves and the generations to come.
PUSHING UP DAISIES
OIL ON CANVAS, 16 IN. X 20 IN., 2014
This piece has several daises growing up through the ground and forming into a composite image of a human skull, also known as a memento mori. Reminding us of the unchanging equilibrium of life and death.
In the last few years, my work has taken on more social and environmentally conscious themes and subject matter. I try to compel the viewer to embrace change and view the world in through a different, slightly askew perspective.
My work is produced primarily with oil paints on canvas or wood, in a classic, realist style with a surreal sensibility. I utilize many of the same classic techniques as many of the old masters.