In my oil painting I aim to abstract the people and environments that I’m familiar with in a way that emphasizes their mood, personality and atmosphere. Through the use of color, brush stroke, and texture I design different ways to recognizably recreate these scenes to capture the movement and energy experienced. In my creative abstraction I elevate a subject’s complexity and highlight different avenues for a viewer to explore.
From a distance a detail may look like a seamless color field, yet, up close it transforms into a moving swirl of hues. Paintings viewed from the side often reveal textures hidden head-on. Subjects that may appear dull through photography can be revived through the creative interpretation of a painting. It is in these deliberate decisions that I offer a unique take on my subjects.
Christopher Mangan, born 1989 in Washington, D.C., grew up in Montgomery County Maryland. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 where he was recognized for artistic talent and academic excellence through the Andrew Carnegie Scholarship. While at Carnegie Mellon he spent six months studying abroad at the Schule fur Gestaltung in St. Gallen, Switzerland where he was involved in an interdisciplinary program that combined fine art with modern design.
Christopher currently lives in Rockville, Maryland working as an oil painter.