2014 Labels for Libations winner! Labels for Libations is a design contest that benefits SEABA. Nicole’s winning design will be featured on Magic Hat’s limited release of Art Hop Ale, which will be available in 22oz bottles and in our summer variety pack. Partial proceeds from the sale of this fine ale will go to support SEABA.
Nicole Christman is a Vermont native and a lifelong artist. She sees her own artmaking – whether it be painting, drawing, printmaking, paper making, bookmaking, or collage – as a therapeutic process. The tactile nature of artmaking gives her great joy and connects her spiritually with the work. In creating distorted or alternative realities, she hopes to expand ideas about the world and our place in it.
The works I create allow me to explore and develop the hybrid creatures whose lives in my mind have long existed. In recent years I have noticed my increasing attraction to surrealism and anthropomorphism, so much of my art portrays a physical connection between human and nonhuman life forms or objects, a scenario that is, for me, simultaneously pleasing and eerie. Inspired by dreams, I often manipulate the form of the human head and juxtapose it with the body of a nonhuman entity in order to evoke feelings of wonder and mystery. I also seek elegance through shape and line, a characteristic that sometimes contradicts the unnatural subject matter of the piece. I am most satisfied by the surreal and the abnormally sensuous. Artists such as Mark Ryden, Hieronymus Bosch, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jackson Pollock have been integral in guiding and supporting my artistic endeavors.
Whether you’re a fan of animal skeletons or hybrid creatures, landscapes or dreamscapes, comics or graffiti, highbrow or lowbrow art – or if you just have a good sense of humor – you’ll appreciate the bold colors, textures, and innuendoes that permeate Nicole Christman’s artwork. Most importantly, the art is accessible, both in concept and in price. The art is original, oddball, elegant, gross, cheap, expensive, whimsical, ironic, hilarious, confusing, large, small, cuddly, prickly. It’s magic, really.
The artist recognized as Pyropainter (both nationally and internationally) has a very precise and rather unique method for creating his renowned works of art. Firstly, he begins by igniting a carefully controlled fire in the outdoors, and then taking a number of photographs of the blaze. Additionally, he proceeds to study and identify the complex formations found in the flames; capturing it's natural, free-flowing movements with the aid of his digital camera. This process is then repeated as he encircles the fire, the focus being on the discovery of even more interesting angles found within the flames; as well as capturing it's very life and vibrancy.
Next, Pyropainter imports the selected photographs into various graphics editing software, digitally manipulating the images into a rough composition. Whether the flames erupt into a gritty gothic city skyline or the form of a demonic wraith, Pyropainter makes clever use of the organic quality of the flickering inferno to create a basis for his pieces.
Following this step, he would then dive deeper into the image, creating sharp, captivating details with the use of acrylic paints. By finalizing the artwork with his honed painting techniques, Pyropainter is able to create hauntingly realistic images with their own individuality and a distinctive narrative describing them. The result is an intriguing presentation of what a single artist can visualize, re-imagine, and solely bring about with his own imagination and the use of the a natural element.
The Magic Hat ArtSpace was introduced in 2012 on the Artifactory tour ramp and showcases local artists and their work. Selected artists will typically be featured for two month. When a new artist is chosen, we will hold a reception on the first Friday of that month to coincide with Art Map Burlington’s First Friday Art Walk. All of the artwork displayed in this space can be purchased directly from the artists.
If you are interested in showing your work at the ArtSpace email Dani.Gleason@MagicHat.Net.