Christopher Leith Evans was born in 1954 in Bremerton, Washington. His childhood years were spent in Brightwaters, New York, and he graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1972. After moving to Santa Monica, California, he attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with painters William Brice, James Valerio, Tom Wudl, James Doolin, and David Hockney. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980.
The rolling hills, oak trees, and expansive vistas of Sonoma County's Russian River valley are the primary inspiration for Evans' landscape paintings. An expansive sky and deep horizon feature prominently as expressive compositional elements in many of his paintings.
In 2002 Evans created "New York in the Light of Memory," a complete 360° panoramic view of the city as once seen from the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center - painted on a sphere placed and illuminated at the center of a darkened viewing room. It was exhibited until 2004 at the New York Historical Society. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith called the piece "exhilarating" and compared its meticulously rendered details to the paintings of Renaissance master Jan Van Eyck.
Evans' current project is a series of monumental canvases called Supply Chain Portraits. Each of the nine foot wide compositions centers on a man, woman, or child, whose life is the center of an artistic exploration of the global supply chains that bring common consumer products into our daily lives. In Pipeline it is a Nigerian mother with a baby on her back scavenging gasoline from a ruptured pipeline; in Family Trees it is nomadic forest hunter crouching upon the stump of a tropical hardwood tree, surveying the destruction of his forest home; in Cobalt Blue it is a miner in the Central Republic of the Congo emerging from a hand-dug hole yielding the minerals from which the pigment for cobalt blue paint is obtained.
Evans' work is represented in New York by the Fischbach Gallery. www.fischbachgallery.com