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Burgess Falls 2 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nashville 4 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Lost Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Gila Mountains 1 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Forest Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nashville 7 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nashville 8 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Acoma Pueblo 1 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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The House Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Watching 2 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nashville 8 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Tent Rock Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Santa Anna Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nambe Pueblo Stream Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Taos Pueblo Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Nashville 9 Museum Quality, High End, Archival, Metallic Paper. Various Sizes Available © Christopher Gatelock
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Quick Facts
Works in
Nashville, Tennessee
Schools
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Tags
architecture landscape, landscape surrealism surrealism, photography, digital, figurative
Christopher Gatelock, Photographic Artist

Hi. I am Christopher.

I could go into a description of my qualifications, education, and accomplishments as a person and as an artist, as most artists do, and do so in the third person style. That is the industry standard, but for me art is a deeply personal matter between you and I and therefore only the first person is adequate. I have those sorts of superficial things I could list and do so somewhat however, I came to the conclusion sometime ago that those kinds of things do not define the art I create or me for that matter. (I suppose my unconventionality uncontrollably shines through everywhere.) What I wish for you to know about me through my art is who I am and what I am communicating in what I create. I have messages that I use my artwork to communicate for those that are interested in looking beyond the surface.  To communicate those messages in as beautiful and provocative manner possible is my mission.  That is why I do what I do. "That" is the most important element of my style. What I create has very little to do with my education, my so-called qualifications, or accomplishments. I measure my success by how good what I create makes me feel and whether it invokes in the observer some kind of reaction, specifically emotional. Of course, we all want to be appreciated for what we do, but at the end of the day the greatest reward is inner peace and that is only acquired by our own satisfaction with what we do in our life.

I think most of us have this mysterious force inside us that drives us to create something that in some way reflects ourselves. Personally, as an artist, I can't stop there; I must reveal myself through my creations to the world. I have to admit that I don’t understand it and I definitely can’t fully explain it. I can only say that it is not a matter of choice for me; it is something I must do.

I am the most bored and rebellious (quietly, usually, but not always) human being I know. There are commonalities in all my work, but if one is looking for every piece of my complete collection of art to reflect the same style, topic, genre, etc. you will not find it. I am artistically driven by emotion and feeling, not logic or analytical thinking.

I love architecture (mostly old Gothic), dramatic landscapes, Gothic horror, eroticism, and nudes, mostly female. I create work in all of these genres as I feel the need and desire and I do tend to have a style specifically assigned to each genre although I do mix and match sometimes.  An observer of my work will notice fairly quickly that I do not like rules of any sort and relish in breaking every single one I can as often as I can.

In all of my work except those with human beings in a portrait type situation I use bright, dramatic, and moody colors to the point of surrealism. I purposely allow the camera lenses I use to distort the elements within the images and leave those distortions there. The vast majority of my pieces are composites of numerous images assembled to create my vision. In my work with the human body as the main subject I normally produce black and white images. In my opinion, generally color is for enjoyment and black and white is for making a statement and this opinion is revealed fully in my work.

I make no apologies for my nude and erotic art. Our bodies and our sexuality are the most natural and beautiful element of who we are as human beings. Much of society, through various avenues, has systematically turned the natural and beautiful into something ugly and shameful. They have taken what the creator has beautifully crafted within human nature and morphed it into something to be reviled, persecuted, and hidden away. It is a travesty against nature and what is decent.

Lastly, I feel it is important to express my strong feelings about the female human form since a large portion of my work involves the female body. I am a feminist. I believe females are an example of perfection in our world, not only physically, but also emotionally. I fully believe in the glorification of the “natural” female in all of her authentic beauty. I do not believe in and fight against the glamourized, photo shopped, unrealistic, fantasy version that is presented as reality by our male dominated society. Men have dictated most of these "norms" and many, perhaps most, women have succumbed to them. This dishonest and damaging standard marginalizes females, especially the young, and places before them an unobtainable and immoral standard of physical self-acceptance for their bodies. 

 

*2016 - Featured artist, Artlightenment Art Festival, Nashville, TN

            Winner of Best New Media Award for the canvas presentations of my artwork.

* 2013 - to present – Independent Photographic Artist

 

* 2013 - Permanent installation of artwork in the main lobby of the Gaedeke Group's 5th/3rd Bank Building in West Palm Beach, FL

 

* 2013 - Commissioned project for the Tremont Financial Corp. in Palm Beach, FL- 9 pieces permanently installed in main conference room of “The               Chairman’s Club”

 

* 2012 – Featured Artist in "The Ricky Report". An online art periodical.

 

* 2012-2013 - Owner and Operator of Imagine Studios and Art Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

 

* 2012 - Featured Artist, Artlightenment Art Festival, Nashville, TN

 

* 2011-2012 - Owner and Operator of Imagine Studios and Art Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. 

 

* 2011 - "Best Photography" Award, Artlightenment Art Festival, Nashville, TN

 

* 1993 to present – Self-employed free-lance photographer.

 

* 1983 to 1993 – Staff photographer and outside sales, Southeastern Extrusion Tool

 

* 1975 to 1980 – Sports photographer at Mississippi College where Christopher learned film photography