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Wilde,Christopher

Wilde spent a lifetime in pure music, receiving a performance degree in voice then moving to New York where he studied with internationally famous opera coaches and teachers and sang in New York, Santa Fe, and London. He also studied Meisner Acting Technique and worked on stage, soaps, and commercials; however, Wilde has always had a strong sense of the visual and so it would have been expected that he would eventually pick up a brush and canvas and they would woo him away from the stage to the easel. An artist friend of Wilde opened hs studio to work in and he helped him understand how to mix paints and really clean his brushes but that was where the instructions ended and Wilde was on his own to learn to paint. During his experimental period he learned about and identified with the Tachiste Movement that had its roots in Paris in the 1950’s. Tachisme, with its gestural brushstroke was a French style of abstraction and this was akin to the action painting that was taking place in America with artists such as Pollock. Chris was influenced by tachiste artists and thus believed that the canvas would reveal itself as you approached and studied it. Wilde never really abandoned his musical background and has found himself painting by interpreting sounds in colors otherwise known as Synesthesia. Wilde responds to sound with the movements of his brush, paper towel, or his hands through showing the rhythms heard and the sweep of sound.