For anyone that’s ever perused a vintage store and wondered about the history of each item on display, who owned it, how was it used, how it came to acquire the dents and patina from a life in service, the appeal of Christopher Stott’s paintings will be immediate. Film projectors, box cameras, clocks, manual typewriters, books and electric fans from a previous era are featured in his paintings. The mechanical objects-sometimes grouped together, often solo against a sparse white background-are painted with a careful observation that is reverential to an item that has passed its service life.
The exacting realism of Christopher Stott’s paintings encourage us to linger with the work, and examine them with the same thoughtful attention the artist has instilled in each canvas. While the objects are made of metal and glass and plastic, their surfaces have been aged and altered by human use. It is the human narratives and stories that are revealed when we spend time with the paintings. There is an honesty about the paintings, as with every layer of paint added to the canvas by the artist, a more profound truth is revealed.