Gallery

Christopher Riisager

Day by Day

6 February - 6 March 2021


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
£ 1010
Near Pentridge
oil on paper on board
26 x 32 cm
£ 840
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