When I have visitors to my studio, I try to make them at home, to relax them, so that they talk with me as a friend. One of their favourite questions, one that I am often asked is "what makes you tick Chris, what is it that kicks off the inspiration"? reasonably easily asked, but not so easily answered. I have heard so much art speak over my many years as an artist, a lot of added flowers, and a lot of tracery, all applied to gild the Lily. I am nothing more than an artist, a workman, my art is my craft. I am not known to be flamboyant, extravagant, excessive, and all the other usual (made up) artist traits. Maybe a bit strange, and, or spacey but none of the above.
I say that I am a workman, because I work, when I work, I get paid (hopefully). Being part of the art world for so long has taught me that it is a business like any other.
I suppose, as, it is said that there is "a little of me" in every piece I produce, but does that not apply also to a cabinet maker, a chef, an architect , or anyone else that puts time, feeling, and physical effort into their work?
As I answer their questions, I guide whoever it is to the patio of my studio and I show them the view, which generally, they enjoy. I explain, that I consider myself to be lucky, lucky enough to be able to maintain my studio, and my life style by doing exactly what I want on a beautiful Island. I am successful in my work because I am happy with what I do, and where I do it.
Christopher Stone, Ibiza, Dec 2020.
Christopher Stone has worked on a huge variety of creative projects. His works have been showcased in solo and group exhibitions around the world.
In 2019 Christopher was awarded one of the highest accolades a living sculptor can achieve. AB fine art foundry in London; probably Europe’s most prestigious and discriminating art foundry, named Christopher as one of their clients in its literature, alongside such greats as Flanagan, Tracy Emin, Barbara Hepworth , Anish Kapoor and Henry Moore.
His artistic expression has gone through many phases over the years resulting in a highly personal approach and perspective. He is never content with standing still and is always looking for his next engaging project.
In 2019 Christopher’s work was shown at “Art in the Garden,” the largest sculpture exhibition ever to be held in Ireland, at Culloden Estate and Spa, which proved to be a massive success; where rooms had been devoted to work by Warhol, Banksy. Picasso, Miro and Lucien Freud.
Christopher’s piece “Traveller” was one of the stars of the show. It sold on just the third day.
Upon his arrival on Ibiza, where he now lives and works, Christopher met and collaborated with the great Welsh sculptor Barry Flanagan who mentored his sculptural talents until Flanagan’s sad early death in August 2009. It is interesting to note that whilst Flanagan chose a hare as his ‘totem,’ Christopher has chosen the Podenco hound for himself. The Podenco is an ancient breed, having been imported to Ibiza by the Phoenicians as their hunting dog. It has many similar physical characteristics to a hare.
Christopher was born on 17 September 1955 London, England, he attended Holloway County Secondary Modern School (now Holloway Specialist Sports College) after which he obtained a City and Guilds Certificate in Cabinet Making; and then went on to undertake two years’ work experience with artist designer Ralph Hampton in Shaftesbury Dorset.
To further his studies Christopher, worked at the prestigious London Art Gallery “De Siedner” in Whitmore Street, London. He has made prolonged visits to Aswan,
Luxor, and Cairo to study Egyptology, and to the Czech Republic to study eastern European Art.
Stone collaborated as artist designer at the Worlds Trade Fair (Expo ‘92) in Seville, Spain, working in both Spanish and British Pavilions.
Christopher now lives in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, where he has a home, and his atelier which is called Lost Artist Studios., where he has his gallery and atelier Lost Artist Studios
Capturing the art of life
A little ego polishing
An artist also may be defined unofficially as "a person who expresses him- or herself through a medium". The word is also used in a qualitative sense of, a person creative in, innovative in, or adept at, an artistic practice.