Christopher Castle

Recently on show:

Silk Road House in Berkeley presented the exhibit:

THE WORLD PATTERN: ETCHINGS BY CHRISTOPHER CASTLE


The exhibit included twelve patterns related to the Silk Road. All works are available for purchase. The price list is available by emailing castle.art@sbcglobal.net.


On Sunday April 11th

Christopher gave a talk on the sources of his art as it relates to the Silk Road and discussed the broad array of tracks he has taken from his studies of the lost knowledge embedded in neolithic and bronze age European sites, architecture and art, through a contemporary art education, and exploration of patterns in nature, to a global synaesthetic consciousness and ecological world view.


Silk Road House, 1944 University Avenue, Berkeley


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Recent exhibit at Novartis in Emeryville:

Alhambra Creek Watershed Mural

Over the months of May, June and July 2009 Christopher worked with the students from the Environmental Studies Academy, Martinez, California painting a mural entitled John Muir greets the returning animals at a site in Martinez. Preparation of the mural was done in the classroom over several months with the students working on gathering images of local flora and fauna and developing some of the painting skills needed.


Very appropriately in Martinez which was the home town of the great early environmentalist John Muir, the Environmental Academy educates teenagers as future stewards of the land. Under the inspired leadership of founder and director Rona Zollinger the students learn about sustainability and restoration in their watershed of Alhambra Creek.


The mural has had a tremendously supportive response from the local community with numerous comments and three front page articles in the local newspaper. The National Park Service and the John Muir Trust mural asked me to lead a second mural also with a John Muir theme on a wall close to the John Muir House. This is now complete.


Images of the first mural can be seen on the Public Art pages.

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Two commissioned works:


In early 2010 the Richmond Police Activities League. (RPAL) commissioned two paintings, portraits of the founders of RPAL  The paintings were unveiled at RPAL’s annual luncheon on March 18th 2010.


Hal Holt

A portrait of Hal Holt who was instrumental in the set-up of the center. The painting is on the wall of RPAL’s huge gymnasium which is dedicated as a memorial to Mr. Holt.


Acrylic mural. 8ft x 14ft.



           

Sy Zell

A second portrait was commissioned by RPAL (Richmond Police Activities League) and completed in time for unveiling at their March 18th fund-raising luncheon.


Sy Zell was a major founder of RPAL. The portrait will be displayed in the main entrance lobby.


Acrylic on panel. 24” x 18”.

September 2014. I was invited to exhibit my work at an international archaeological symposium in Suceava, Romania, entitled From Symbols to Signs.  The work is prints and drawings from my exploration of prehistoric Romania: Neolithic Cucuteni culture sites and art.


August and September 2013. My third visit to Romania. Exploration of 6,000 year old Cucuteni sites; travel to Transilvania - Cluj, Sighisoara and Brasov; meetings with archaeologists and folklorists, continued paintings and drawings, studies in nature and museums.


March 2012. I completed a third icon also commissioned for Romania, The Annunciation.

You can view the three icons here


June and July 2011. I returned to Romania with the two icons to attend their installation and blessing ceremony.


January to May 2011. After my first visit I was asked to create icons, St. Paraskeva and The Old Testament Trinity, for the two village churches of Valeni and Moreni, in Co. Neamt, Moldavia.


September and October 2010. I spent 6 weeks in Romania at the invitation of Michael Baron de Styrcea. I will soon be posting a full account of this extraordinary experience. For now, this image is an evocation of some of the layers of visual inspiration that I encountered.



In 1980 the British Museum’s purchased a drawing from my Megalithic Europe series for their collection.


You can see it with more detail at

http://alturl.com/frqca

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ARTIST”S RESIDENCY in ROMANIA 2010-2015

October 2013


John Muir mural is finished


In 2011 I was asked by The Park Service if I would be interested in creating a mural for a site in Martinez. Ralph Bell, Facility Manager at the John Muir Historic Site had seen the mural that we had recently painted near by on a City owned wall and was interested in a second one on a wall close to the Park Service depot and the John Muir Historic Site.


Rona Zollinger director of the New Leaf environmental academy at Briones High School agreed to my leading her students through a process of conceptualizing, designing and finally painting the mural. The whole process took nearly three years.



Here is a picture of the site before we began, a freeway retaining wall close to the John Muir National Historical Site, Martinez, California.


Just click on the picture to see the final mural. (Images on Flickr)


Just completed a new icon, The Annunciation.

egg tempera and gold leaf on wood panel. 20” x 15”.

The 6 month journey through the realms of this archetypal image has been a series of revelations.

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April 2012


JOHN MUIR PORTRAIT


Painted as a contribution towards fund-raising for John Muir mural.

acrylic on board. 12.5” x 8.5”.

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coming soon: a portrait of Louie Muir, John’s wife

TEMPERA and GILDING classes

In June and July I am holding on-going classes in egg tempera painting and gilding. Based around the technique developed by Byzantine iconographers, the processes and concepts involved represent the foundations of Western painting. If you would like to receive news of current and upcoming sessions, please Contact me! 


or click here for full information on current classes

June and July 2013


Recent exhibition at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California


note from the catalog:

All over the world, archaeology has discovered female figurines expressive of an awareness of the cycles of life and the subtle energies of nature. Long-time researcher and artist Christopher Castle shows the range of his work based on his journey into this ancient and mysterious feminine world spirit. Traveling from his native land in Britain through European cultures including those of Malta, Crete, Poland, Ireland, the U.S Southwest, and most recently the 7,000-year old Cucuteni culture of Romania, this exhibit includes paintings drawings and prints developed from his visual investigation of the Neolithic mind.

to see the work from this exhibition click here

or here for these and other works in larger format

April 12, 2012


ANNUNCIATION ICON

BRITISH MUSEUM

ETCHING classes

A continuous series of two-day classes in etching


click here for full information

July 2014


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The Cretan Green Man,

a just completed new icon.

Private commission.

September 2014


Exhibition of prints and drawings

Entering Cucuteni Consciousness

September 2nd-12th, 2014

Museum of Bukovina, Suceava, Romania


Exhibition in conjunction with International archaeological symposium “From Symbols to Signs”.


I also delivered a paper on exploring the 6,000 year-old Cucuteni anthropomorphic figurines, (goddess sculptures) and the energetic properties of the markings on their surfaces.

October 23rd 2014


A single evening at The Commons for Art and Social Change, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.


Thank you to Chris Desser for hosting this precious event at her studio.

July 2015

Printmaking at the Lucid Art Foundation

The Lucid Art Foundation recently invited me to be on their faculty as coordinator and teacher for their new printmaking studio. They have acquired an etching press and we have spent the last two months setting up the studio. The emphasis is to be on processes that make use of non-toxic materials for the traditional technique of etching and the more contemporary monotype methods. The facility will be primarily available to artists taking part in the residency program but there will also be public workshops and courses.

We have two weekend workshops scheduled for August 2015.
•  Introduction to printmaking1 - monotype August 1 and 2 
•  Introduction to printmaking 2 - etching
These are open to artists of any level who are interested in learning or developing their printmaking.
Details are available here
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July 2015


Printmaking at Richmond Art Center


This spring I was asked by Richmond Art Center to teach printmaking in their Artists in the Community program. I have taught 3 courses in Richmond at Ford Elementary School, Parchester Community Center and Shields Reid Community Center. All of these have been for young children aged from 6 to 14. My past experience with teaching has extended through all ages from very young children, youth, to college students and adults. Teaching children and young people has always been important to me, most especially in underserved communities where there is so little exposure to art and school art programs are almost non-existent. I regard the development of artistic sensibility at an early age to be an important way to positively transform many societal ills. It happens one child at a time.


a sampling of monotype prints by children from Parchester age 6-14.

June 2014

December 2015


The Gift of the Goddess

An exhibition of original prints and drawings

by Christopher Castle


Silk Road House

1944 University Avenue - Berkeley

(between Milvia and MLK)


Note - Open only at these times in December.  I will be there:

Saturday December 19th,  1pm-3pm :

Sunday December 20th,  1pm-5pm     


details here 
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August 2016


After 3 months of travel in the Southwest, we are preparing the next phase of our search for the next place for our lives and work.  Over the next months my wife Yana will be staying in Kathmandu, Nepal while I am invited to spend a month at the Romanian artists’ residency that has provided so much inspiration from the earlier four visits that I have made. Then I too shall visit Yana in Nepal and  then return to the US where I will continue our search beginning in the Southwest. I also plan to continue my teaching in the Bay Area.

I will add a page to the website to show my recent work done in the studio I set up in Kanab Utah.


Thanks to support from my brother we were able to rest and recover from the various upheavals we have experienced earlier this year. After the sudden collapse of our plan to move to Massachusetts just two weeks before the actual move, we decided to set off on a search for our next place. We are still remaining open to possibilities. We welcome suggestions as to affordable places appropriate for our work. (contact us *here*).


Through May, June and July in Kanab I not only created a collection of monotypes and drawings on the theme of the local spirit of place. I also gave a presentation and had a showing of my work at Raven’s Heart Gallery in town. Then I gave a workshop on making art with soil, in this case the amazing multi-colored sands and earth from the area.

January 2017

We just returned from Nepal and are searching for a suitable place to live. For the next three months I am doing my annual teaching for Berkeley’s Kala Institute and Richmond Art Center. I work for both institutions in their Artist in the Schools programs introducing printmaking to the students with the help of the school art teachers.


A particular challenge was created for me in October after I came back from Nepal. My car was stolen. I was about to drive to New Mexico to see if it could be an alternative place to live. The car was loaded with all my most important possessions. Besides my personal stuff and art supplies, there was a portfolio with around 80 of my prints and drawings including all the recent work from Utah and Romania. Also three notebooks full of my researches and raw material, drawings and notes from the past year. It has been a major blow. The car was found partly dismantled, a write-off, and emptied of everything. Reeling from the devastation left by the theft I adjusted my plans and decided to return to Nepal to lick my wounds and recover in the blessed care of Yana and the beautiful Nepali people.

June 2017

I have a new exhibition of prints and drawings from my Nepal series on the Stupa. It is at the Silk Road House in Berkeley. More information here.


May 2017

My teaching is over till the summer program starts at Richmond Art Center. I hope the next months bring some clarity as to the next place that will become home and studio. Further expeditions in Romania and Nepal are in the planning stages for this Fall.


Planning a show in Iasi

During my stay in Romania last year I visited Iasi Museum to meet the director of the prehistoric section.  She took me on a tour of the newly renovated museum. I was thrilled that she proposed an exhibit of my Cucuteni work and suggested it would be possible to show it at the museum alongside the actual archaeological material that it is based on.



Berkeley exhibit in June.  

Stupa: Recent prints and drawings

With a reception on Sunday June 18, I will be showing my works from Nepal at the Silk Road House in Berkeley. The  exhibit features my prints and drawings of the Great Stupa at Boudhanath. The works will be for sale. I invite you to visit the exhibit and to enjoy the intimate, yet far-reaching Silk Road House.