Gallery

Christopher Riisager

Since graduating from Goldsmiths with a BA in Fine Art in 1984, Christopher Riisager has through a consistent and diligent working practice built a profound knowledge of the landscapes he loves in Wiltshire and Dorset.  Constantly striving for new subjects and challenges through which to extend his painting, he travels the countryside looking for compositions that reveal something new in even the most familiar places to himself and, ultimately, the viewers of his work.  
 
In his studio, set in the rural farmlands of the Dorset-Wiltshire border, Christopher surrounds himself with his experiments in painting, sculpture, collage and printing. All reveal a deep curiosity about and dedication to artistic explorations of form, figure, colour and texture extending through separate disciplines to inform each other.  Closer inspection of the accumulated collection of older and more recent paintings reveals the solid influence of the tonal painting of the nineteenth century; the French classicism of Corot and the English stylishness of William Nicholson.    
 
Often working en plein air, the race against the changing light and the weather enforces focus and speed. Christopher’s tacit knowledge of colour and light, built through years of experience and observation, result in paintings that invoke the beauty of a scene at a distance, but when drawn in to a closer view unexpected and beguiling motifs appear, capturing the ancient attraction of the Wessex landscape.
 
His studies of Wessex are supplemented with paintings of southern France, which provide an opportunity to work in a different scale and tone.  The open vistas of south-east France studded with crumbling buildings and collapsed bridges, offer a contrast to the tree-enclosed cattle droves and sheltered, sheep-studded valleys of England. 

Snow at Hatch
oil on board
25 x 33 cm
sold

Sunset (Pink/Violet)
oil on paper on board
24 x 32 cm
£ 800

On Bournemouth Beach
oil on paper on board
35 x 29cm
£ 800

Farm Buildings, Bratch
oil on paper on board
31 x 40 cm
sold

Little Knoll (small)
oil on board
36 x 43 cm
£ 720

Harvest
oil on paper on board
30 x 39 cm
sold

Near Pentridge
oil on paper on board
26 x 32 cm
sold

Hambledon Hill
oil on board
21 x 30 cm
sold

Sunset (Green/Orange)
oil on paper on board
27 x 33 cm
£ 960

Ox Drove
oil on canvas
63 x 72 cm
£ 2200

View from Hod Hill
33 x 39 cm
oil on paper on board
£ 1010

Melbury (small)
oil on paper on board
sold

Fontmell Down
oil on board
32 x 38 cm
sold

Melbury Down
oil on paper on board
42 x 51 cm
£ 1500

Sunset, Blackmore Vale
oil on paper on board
42 x 62 cm
£ 1600

Moonlight, Brimsdown Hill
oil on paper on board
39 x 43 cm
£ 1200

Moonlight, Wiltshire Downs
38 x 45 cm
oil on paper on board
£ 1200

Sunset (yellow)
oil on paper on board
38 x 45 cm
sold

Melbury, from the East
oil on paper on board
30 x 42 cm
£ 1010

The Stour at Blandford, with Swan
oil on paper on board
28 x 33 cm
sold

Melbury from St James
oil on paper on board
29 x 41 cm
sold

Abbotsbury
oil on board
36 x 44 cm
£ 1400

Purbeck Cliffs
oil on paper on board
25 x 32 cm
sold

Arish Mell
oil on board
33 x 44 cm
£ 1200