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Christopher J. Castle

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Newgrange IV (detail), 1982 Etching With Silkscreen 22" X 16" (Full Plate Size) © Christopher Castle
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Cromlech at Xarez, Portugal, 1982 Silkscreen With Etching 18" X 28" © Christopher Castle
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IONS Li, 2009 Soil Samples On Paper 44 X 63 X 0.15 Inches © Christopher Castle
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IONS Ecliptic, 200 Soil Samples 24" X 18"
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Below the Hill, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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Within the Hill, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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Beyond the Hill, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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soil entoptics, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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IONS 2, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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IONS 3, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18" © Christopher Castle
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IONS 1, 2009 Soil Samples 24" X 18"
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Sol triptych, 2008 Soil Samples 24" X 18" Each Panel © Christopher Castle
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Entoptic Land, 2008 Soil Samples 67" X 48" © Christopher Castle
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Marshall Hill Climb, 1998 Soil Samples 29" X 26" © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Canyon 1, 2009 Soil Samples 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Canyon 2, 2009 Soil Samples 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Canyon 3, 2009 Soil Samples 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Canyon 4, 2009 Soil Samples 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Mycoflash, 1998 Mushroom Juice 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Mycospiral, 1998 Mushroom Juice 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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Mt Tamalpais Li 1, 2007 Enamel & Graphite 48" X 36" © Christopher Castle
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Solar and Lunar Li, 2008 Acrylic, Gold Leaf, Soil Samples 46" X 32" © Christopher Castle
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Solar Li, 2008 Acrylic, Gold Leaf 30" X 22" © Christopher Castle
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World Pattern, 2009 Ceramic Tile 6 1/4" X 6 1/4" Each Tile © Christopher Castle
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John Muir greets the returning animals, 2009 Acrylic 4' 10' X 100' © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Creek Watershed mural at Richmond High School (detail), 2005 Acrylic 10' X 120' © Christopher Castle
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Wildcat Creek Watershed mural at Richmond High School (Mountain Lion detail), 2005 Acrylic 10' X12' © Christopher Castle
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Cucuteni Fields, 2013 Etching 24" X 16" © C.Castle. 2013.
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Malta Goddess 1, 1979 Etching 20" X 16" © C.Castle
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Malta Goddess 2, 1979 Etching 20" X 16" © C. Castle
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Malta Goddess 3, 1979 Etching 20" X 16" © C. Castle
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Polska Bogina Nieznana - Unknown Polish Goddess, 1980 Etching 22" X 15" © c. Castle
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Feather River Goddess, 1987 Etching 6" X 14" © C. Castle
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Utah Corn Goddess, 1987 Etching 10.5" X 5.5" © C. Castle
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Snake Goddess at Knossos, 1982 Etching 20" X 14" © C. Castle
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Minoan Mother-Son, 1982 Etcching 9.5" X 5'5" © C. Castle
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Giant's Ring - Giantess' Apronful, 1981 Etching 22" X 17" © C. Castle
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A morphological matriarchy, 1983 Etching 22" X 30" © C. Castle
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Malta Mothers, 1978 Etching 20" X 16"
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Maeve in Malta - 3000 BCE, 1978 Etching 20" X 16" © C. Castle
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Silbury Hill Geomancy, 1987 Etching 20" X 16" © C. Castle
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Cromlech at Xarez, Portugal, 1984 Silkscreen With Etching 17" X 26" © C. Castle
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Valeni Geomancy, 2012 Oil On Canvas 54" X 48" © C. Castle
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Ghelaiesti Goddess, 2013 Oil On Canvas 40" X 29" © C. Castle. 2013
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Valeni - layers of Moldavian Earth, 2011 Acrylic On Canvas 120cm X 85cm © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess, 2013 Egg Tempera 16" X 12" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Spring, 2013 Chalk On Paper 10" X 7" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Angel, 2013 Chalk On Paper 10" X 7" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Source, 2013 Chalk On Paper 10" X 7" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Li, 2013 Chalk On Paper 10" X 7" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Realms, 2013 Mixed Media Drawing 11" X 8.5" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Realms, 2013 Chalk On Paper 20" X 15" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Emergence, 2013 Chalk On Paper 20" X 15" © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 1, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 2, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 3, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 4, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 5, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni goddess 6, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Cucuteni Goddess 7, 2013 Monotype © C. Castle
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Horseshoe Canyon 3, 1992 Monotype 19" X 14" © C. Castle
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Folkestone, Kent, England
Birth year
1946
Tags
public art painting landscape, arts-education, murals, earth-art, Maps, geomantic art landscape, drawing landscape, archaeology, mixed-media, landscape, exhibition/performance
Statement

I am a British-born environmental artist and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985.

 

I have exhibited widely in the U.S and Europe and my work is represented in major public collections such as the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, National Museums of Scotland and Wales, the Achenbach Foundation and many others.

 

The goal of my art is to express a deep sensibility to the subtle aspects of our experience of nature and the land. Through paintings, drawings and prints, and in public art works, murals and community collaborations, I explore nature and the perceptual aspects of holistic environmental awareness. The source of my work lies in my early exposure to the ancient landscape, archaeology, patterns and traditions of my native Britain and Europe.

 

Soil drawings and other recent work

My current work is an ongoing series of drawings using soil samples from specific sites in cartographically-based drawings. The series aims to show the quality of "Li", the ancient Chinese concept for the dynamic pattern underlying natural form, present in the land. I make use of contour maps of the land to bring out the identifying Li at specific places and tell the story beneath the form of the landscape. Using the soil itself as the medium, I explore qualities of the locale that are subtle and the influences on our sense of place that go unnoticed. Reference is often made to the ancient and shamanic patterns of neolithic European sites and artifacts. Most recently this includes a growing body of work  resulting from stays as artist in residence in a village in Romania where I have been studying the ancient Cucuteni culture and the painted monasteries.

 

Public Art

I apply this mode of drawing on local distinctiveness also to my public art works. Recent works include a collection of ceramic tiles for a local elementary school. The tiles depict patterns drawn from cultures around the world, each one expressing something of the qualities of the geography, light and rhythms inherent in that culture and place.

 

My mural painting work is similarly informed by the specifics of the work's location, most recently in two works for the City of Martinez, CA, the first depicting John Muir welcoming a parade of indigenous animals set in the watershed of the local creek. The second, completed in July 2013, also based on John Muir and his legacy includes a range of maps of his travels combined with landscape and nature elements.

 

The murals are part of my continuing project “Mapping the Soul of the City” that has been conducted in several Bay Area communities including Point Reyes Station, Sausalito, Richmond and Berkeley.

 

Alongside my work as an individual artist, I teach environmental art classes as an Artist in the Schools for several organizations including the Richmond Art Center and Kala Art Institute. 

 

Christopher Castle 2013

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