Chris Pontello
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Artist Statement & Biography
With the combination of realistic rendering and abstraction of the figure and background, I decipher an individual’s characteristics and create a physiological portrait. Working with people from my own life as subject matter allows me to heighten the specifics of their charm and present their personalities as I experience them.
I grew up traveling from Mountain City, TN to Melbourne, FL and back again a few times a year, so I can easily say that I am from both places. I've been drawing and painting since before I can remember. Despite being self-taught until college, I was able to obtain a 3rd place award in a state completion and a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating with a BFA in Painting I've pursued a professional career in the arts, exhibiting in Downtown Savannah, GA. Now I free-lance at a Fine Art studio which keeps me creating and learning new skills constantly.
Artist StatementWith the combination of realistic rendering and abstraction of the figure and background, I decipher an individual’s characteristics and create a physiological portrait. Working with people from my own life as subject matter allows me to heighten the specifics of their charm and present their personalities as I experience them.
Artist BiographyI grew up traveling from Mountain City, TN to Melbourne, FL and back again a few times a year, so I can easily say that I am from both places. I've been drawing and painting since before I can remember. Despite being self-taught until college, I was able to obtain a 3rd place award in a state completion and a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since graduating with a BFA in Painting I've pursued a professional career in the arts, exhibiting in Downtown Savannah, GA. Now I free-lance at a Fine Art studio which keeps me creating and learning new skills constantly.
Education
Savannah College of Art and Design|Graduated
What I Love Doing
I love creating because I love the process of honing a skill and exploring the vast potential that skill offers. I love being able to tell as much of a story with one mark as I can with one hundred, then letting those stories balance naturally.
What I Find Beautiful
Nature's unmistakable line. There's a pattern within the fractals of nature that forms things that are wet or dry, big or small, even old or young that brings this unity to everything organic. To me, it's beautiful to play with that relationship in art.
My Favorite Memory
To fresh to tell...
My Favorite Art Style
Somewhere in between Jackson Pollack's oil painting and Michaelangelo's marble sculpting.
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