CW2Another artist I found and chatted with at Chicago’s Gold Coast Art Fair this past weekend was painter Christopher Whitaker.

At first blush you may not think Mr. Whitaker’s work would fit in with my own artistic aesthetic, but upon closer inspection you will see how his work is just my cup of tea.

About the artist: “Christopher Whitaker is a self-taught artist and a lifelong resident of Wheatfield, Indiana. His works have been displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago, Merrill Chase Galleries, and in other galleries in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana, including the Artisan Gallery in Rensselaer, Indiana, which is open daily to the public.”

I was drawn to his piece “Rooms to Let” (below) because of the use of the bicycle against an exterior wall – just the type of motif that would attract me and my camera. Upon chatting with Mr. Whitaker, I found that he constructs the images he paints and pulls from his vast memory and collection of vintage signage and other items. Very cool.

For example, the cigarette ad on the brick wall in “Rooms to Let” is a pastiche of various vintage ads. The painting is oil and the original was on display and for sale at the fair. Unfortunately the price of the piece (close to $1000) was a little more than my budget. However. Mr. Whitaker informed me a more reasonably-priced limited edition print of “Rooms to Let” will be available soon.

ROOMSTOLET

Check out artist Christopher Whitaker’s work here.