Thursday, April 27, 2017–Sunday, June 11, 2017
Works from the Artist's Studio
artworks by Christopher Alles
Christopher Alles is a sculptor currently residing in New York. He began drawing at the age of two, but it was not until sixteen years later that he began to take art seriously. This ultimately led him to Florence, Italy, where he apprenticed for six months under sculptor Dony MacManus. There he discovered the beauty and power of the Italian Renaissance masters, and in the presence of the raw energy of their work, he encountered the need to become a sculptor.
After his time in Italy, Christopher returned home to Portland, Oregon, and continued his studies with Polish sculptor Tomasz Misztal. Under Misztal’s guidance, he discovered how to link the influence of the past with those of the present. Consequently, his work often references and quotes the artists ranging from the Renaissance to the early to mid -Twentieth Century. His primary process behind the creation of his art consists of a study from the past and its development to now, then responding to the contemporary world in light of this study.
Christopher has done work around the US, most notably the restoration of the statuary at St. Malachy’s Church, (The Actor’s Chapel) in New York, and has several sculpted portrait commissions for clients around the world. His goal is to create work that is rooted in the tradition of the great sculptors of the past—Michelangelo, Rodin, Brancusi—but yet speaks to a contemporary audience.