Christopher Leith Evans was born in 1954 in Bremerton, Washington. His grade school years were spent in Brightwaters, on Long Island, in the suburbs of New York City. As a child and teenager Chris often visited the city’s great museums, giving him a deep appreciation of art history. In 1972, at age seventeen, he moved with his family to Santa Monica, California. In the autumn of 1973 Christopher began attending the University of California, Los Angeles. The UCLA Art department of the 1970s was a crossroads of Post-Modern “pluralism” and celebrated artists such as William Brice, James Valerio, James Doolin, Tom Wudl, and David Hockney were among the faculty that Evans studied with. Christopher was one of a handful of young painters interested in exploring a more naturalistic approach to representation than Pop-Art and Photo-Realism afforded, and in using long disregarded techniques of traditional oil painting. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980.
Returning to his New York roots during the 80s and 90s Evans painted a number of rooftop vistas of Manhattan and its iconic architecture. The most famous, begun as a series of photographs in 1995 and completed in 2002, is New York Full Circle, a 360˚ panoramic view of the city as once seen from the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center painted on a 24 inch sphere. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith called the piece “exhilarating” and compared its meticulous detail to the work of Renaissance master Jan Van Eyck. In 1996 Evans launched a special collaborative project of large canvases called Supply Chain Portraits. These multi-picture global view “landscapes” explore the economic, environmental, and spiritual connections that link western consumers of gasoline, lumber, and artist’s oil paint to unseen people around the world. The series is designed to raise awareness as well as funding for international humanitarian causes. In recent years the rolling hills, oak trees, reflecting waters, and expansive skies of Northern California’s Russian River valley have been inspiration for Christopher Evans’ landscape paintings. Nature, in its pure, elemental form, seen in rocks, water, branches, leaves, sky and clouds, is the heart and soul of his work. During 2016 Evans was artist-in residence at the 3,200 acre Pepperwood Preserve in the hills above Santa Rosa. As a painter Christopher Leith Evans has had a multi-faceted career that has brought to him a wide range of experiences, awards and honors including travel assignments with National Geographic, working with film directors George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Martin Scorsese, an Oscar nomination for Special Visual Effects, grants from the Ford Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

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