Note from the Artist: “Even as we pass through it, a landscape is already in the process of being remembered and reinvented. Landscape can be used as a medium with which we are creatively involved, a locus for the interplay of orientation, identity, memory and the poetic possibilities of misrecognition. Its value lies in its openness, its internal dynamism, and the scope of the imaginary variations to which it lends itself.

The process for my landscape paintings originates with a multi-source photographic index. I employ a stratified collage system to evolve an image from this indexical source into a final painting or series of works. Compositionally, the convention of field assumes the dual role of ground (rural and urban) and atmosphere (color and light). Suggestive shadows, amorphous blurs, architectural remnants, stacked lines and deformations are referents for an informed and impaired picture. These are dramas of transition, a landscape on the move where there is no contradiction between the limitlessness of becoming and the evocations of recollection.”

[MORE]Christopher Saunders is a 2010 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His paintings have been exhibited in New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and internationally in Berlin and Beijing. Christopher is a recipient of the prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship and his work has been discussed in Contemporary Magazine, NY Arts Magazine and the Kansas City Star. He received his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. The artist currently maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.


Cotton/Stone, 2008
Oil on primed paper

Shed, 2009
Oil on primed paper

Woken in Windows, 2009
Oil on linen

Detritus, 2008
Oil on primed paper

Field 7, 2009
Oil on primed paper