Hooks-Epstein Galleries will present Christopher St. Leger’s, Directions, an exhibition of watercolors. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. A reception for the artist will follow from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In Directions, Christopher St. Leger chooses the city as the focus in his watercolors. He feels he can explore the subtle behaviors of watercolor within this theme. St. Leger states, “A city is the runway for the flight of ambition and the descent into melancholy, a long street pounded by hopes and frustration; for transforming commonplace into mystery. Because the delicate spilling of watercolor on concrete isn't a gesture of expressionism — it's human vulnerability.”
St. Leger first began to paint his surrounding city, when he felt the city and its language were foreign. St. Leger says, “Until I captured anything in watercolor, the city remained impenetrable, like an intensity understood only by others or, at best, a mere set of mappable coordinates. With time, painting has grown to be an unveiling, an irony since it is the practice of adding thin layers of pigment. I prefer when watercolor simulates the splattered activity of the whole environment, when it seems a marriage of control and abandon.”
Christopher St. Leger received his BED from Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, OH in 1995. In 2000, he went to Budapest, Hungary to attend Budapest Technical University. St. Leger has been in several group and solo exhibitions in London, New York and Texas.