Originally from Detroit, MI, Chris Page is currently dividing his time between New York City and New Orleans. He primarily in oil and draws in graphite. After foundational art studies at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, as well as private studies with local masters, Page relocated to New York for intensive work at the Art Students Leagues. He holds an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from U.C.L.A. He has exhibited nationally and his drawings have been published in many volumes, most notably the “Stokes of Genius” series.
Chris Page describes himself as a figurative representational artist, interested in the human figure, anatomy, realism, and structure. Page’s art is divided fairly equally between drawing and painting, but at the very root of it lies his dedication to excellence in draughtsmanship, which is fundamental to his work. He primarily draws from life using graphite, charcoal and Pan pastels, and in painting, he favors a limited palette à la Anders Zorn. Although he is adept in the Alla Prima style of painting, he favors the multi-layer, indirect approach of glazing and scumbling. Page attributes his artistic proficiency to consistent practice and dedication. To paraphrase Woody Allen, “success is 90% showing up.” That is what he does. In Page’s own words, “I show up, I work, thereby facilitating to the best of my human ability a greater opportunity for whatever truth there might be to show up as a result. It is all that I can do. It is a lot. It is enough.” See more of his work at chrispageart.com.
Drawing Closer to Life Workshop at The Arts Center (October 2019)
Other teaching experience: The New York Academy of Art, New York City; The Grosse Pointe Artist Association, Grosse Pointe, MI. Dungarvan, Ireland (scheduled 2020)