Tony Kristopaitis is an artist and sculptor residing in Vancouver, BC. He often starts his work with a sketch in order to work out the composition then uses a variety of media and drawing tools - from pencil, charcoal, crayon to oils, acrylics, wax and resin. He is trained in glass which influences his interest in transparency through layering with wax and resin in his compositions. Tony is inspired by the forest, the garden and the rich layers of underwater riverbeds. The layering of foliage and flowers with wax creates a translucency and depth in the process of mark-making with line, colour and texture onto the canvas, resulting in unexpected discovery through the act of painting. Tony often uses photography to capture the essence of these subjects which is then translated into abstract and even surreal statements.
In Tony's words:
On graduating from West Vancouver High School, I was offered a football scholarship from Weber State, Utah, US. After this, I returned home to U.B.C. where I played Offensive Guard on the winning Vanier Cup Team and concluded my formal education featuring the subjects of Art and Physical Education (PE). During those earlier years, my life was all about football. However, over the years, art has become my consuming passion. The goal in my work is to continue to question and evolve - to always stay connected to my process and never be commercial or predictable in my work.