My name is Christiane Shillito and I'm a British artist and illustrator currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
I was raised in a working-class family in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. The first in my family to go to University, I got my BSc (hons) Biology degree from Durham before taking time off to travel and have some fun exploring the world with my Ulorin Vex modeling persona. What began as a temporary short break from academia somehow turned into over a decade-long career as an alternative model, playing muse for other people's creativity while travelling the world, and giving me a flexible schedule to work on my own artwork in a way I'd never had time for while studying full-time. It also began to sink in that an artistic career was actually a realistic option; something I'd been talked out of in favour of the sciences previously.
I grew up with a nerdy love for anything fantastical, whether it be folklore and mythology or science-fiction, comic books and fairy tales. My other great love was nature and natural history and of course all of these things have shaped me and my work.
Much like I used to use my own body to express myself with dramatic dance-like gestures for the camera, I always find myself drawn to using more twisted and stylized figures in my artwork. I prefer to paint fierce female and/or gender variant characters with a dark surreal or erotic edge. I also enjoy experimenting with different media and have recently been working on a project that makes use of my personal collection of stamps and antique paper ephemera.
Much of what I create is quite personal and often cathartic, reflecting an amalgamation of my interests, personal experiences, emotions and dreams.
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