Christopher Castle


C h r i s t o p h e r   C a s t l e

1639 Aqua Vista Rd.

Richmond, CA 94805

(415) 738-9255

www.christophercastle.com

c.castle@hotmail.com




Education


1982-83    Essendine Icon Painting School, London, England.

1979-80    Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland. (Post-Graduate Printmaking residency).

1965-69    Ravensbourne College of Arts and Design, London, England.  (BA Hons. Fine Art. Painting/Printmaking).

1964-65    Folkestone School of Art. Folkestone, Kent, England.  (Pre-diploma, Foundation).


Selected one person exhibitions

2014  Bukovina Museum, Suceava, Romania

2013  Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California

2010  Novartis, Emeryville, California


2008  The Bay Model, Sausalito, California.

2008  Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California.

2006  California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California.

2005  Tilden Environmental Ed. Center, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California.

2003  Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California.

1997  The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

1997  Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ.

1995  Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.

1994  Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, California.

1993  Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California.

1993  Corn Maiden Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.

1992  Solano College, Solano, California.

1992  Maybeck Salon, Berkeley, California.

1988  California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California.

1988  San Francisco State University Gallery, San Francisco, California.

1987  Shambhala Bookstore, Berkeley, California.

1987  The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Sausalito, California.

1984  The Grange, Rottingdean, Sussex, England.

1984  Sir John Cass School of Art, Citry of London Polytechnic.

1983  Crispin Hall, Street, Somerset

1982  The Polish Cultural Organisation (POSK)Gallery, London.

1980  The British Institute, Warsaw, Poland.

1978,79, 81  The Hobson Gallery, Cambridge, England.

1978   Newgrange Museum, Newgrange, Eire.

1978   Setanta Gallery, Dublin, Eire.

1974   The Architectural Association Gallery, London, England.

1973   Cambridge Art and Design Gallery, Cambridge, England.

1972   The Portico Library, Manchester, England.

1972   The Liverpool Academy Gallery, Liverpool, England.


Selected group exhibitions

Myth, Magic and Mystery, Red Door Gallery, Oakland, 2009.

Emeryville Arts exhibit, 2007, 2008 and 2009;

Pt. Reyes National Seashore Maps/mapmakers exhibit 2006;

Djerassi Resident Composers Scores at Davis Symphony Hall, San Francisco 1993;

California Society of Printmakers (CSP)1986-89;

British Print Biennale 1984;

Pratt Graphics Center Miniature Prints (prizewinner)1982;

National Exhibition of Modern British Prints 1980;

Printmakers Council of Great Britain (PMC)1972-78;

Edinburgh Arts 1976-78;

Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers 1972-78;

Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptors (CSPS). 1975-77


AWARDS

2010  Valeni, Moldavia: Artists’ residency.

2002 and 2005  East Bay Community Foundation.  Richmond Mapping Project – Baxter Creek segment. (community arts project

devised by C.Castle).

1998  Ecopsychology Institute.  Toward Marinography  Mapping project. (community arts project devised by C.Castle).

1997  Marin Arts Council.  Community Arts Grant.  Toward Marinography Mapping project.

1996  Danish Ministry of Culture (via The Mindship).  Travel and residency at symposium 3rd Culture Millennium.

1995  Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel grant for research in Samiland (Lapland).

1994 & 1997  Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.  Artist in Residence and Print Commission (1994).

1993  Djerassi Foundation Resident Artists Program.  Residency with choreographer, Kathryn Roszak.

1993  Institute of Noetic Sciences,  Foundation for Deep Ecology, A New American Place:  3 grants for Anima Mundi music.

1993  Meet The Composer California.  Individual grant for Anima Mundi music composition.

1991  Marin Arts Council.  Individual Artist's Grant for non-traditional media.  (interdisciplinary: printmaking/music).

1990  Druid Heights Artists Retreat.  Residency grant to work on paintings concerning New Mexico Pueblos.

1983  Research Into Lost Knowledge Organization.  Publishing grant.

1982  Arts Council of Great Britain.  Grant to research bronze age landscape of Dartmoor and produce four prints.

1982  Pratt Graphics Center, New York.  Purchase prize.  Annual miniature prints exhibition.

1979  Polish Government.  Post-graduate scholarship. Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Printmaking. and research travels in Poland.

1978  British Council.  Grant for travelling exhibition in Ireland.

1976  Arts Council of Great Britain.  Scholarship to take part in `Edinburgh Arts 76' journey and exhibition at Fruitmarket Gallery.


COMMISSIONS

2013  National Park Service: John Muir Historic Site Visitor Center:   Yosemite mural.

2012-13  National Park Service and John Muir Association, Martinez, with Briones High School: Mural based on John Muir’s travels.

2011  Moreni and Valeni churches, Moldavia. Two icons.

2009  City of Martinez/Briones High School: watershed mural: John Muir greets the returning animals.

2008  Emeryville Unified School District. Anna Yates Elementary School, Emeryville. Ceramic mural: The World Pattern.

2002  San Jose Stage Theater. Margaret Wingrove Dance Company. Musical score: Van Gogh,  In search of the Sun.


PUBLICATIONS

2005  Anima Mundi, dancing the soul of the world’ by Amy Lenzo.  Article and photograph.  Resurgence No.230. May/June 2005

2000  In the Footsteps of the Goddess. Ed. Cristina Biaggi. KIT (Knowledge, Ideas and Trends). Manchester,CT. Article and image.

1999  Nature’s Teaching: the art and science of geomancy.  Article and many reproductions.  ReVision, Vol.21, No.4.

1998  Mapping the Soul of the Land.  Article and design.  Ecopsychology On-Line web edition.

          Alta Circle Dance, (etching) Cover for Association for Humanistic Psychology Journal..

1997  Retrieving an Ancient Ecology.  Article with prints and drawings.  Alexandria IV. Ed David Fideler.  Phanes Press.

           An Unknown Goddess. .  From the Realm of the Ancestors (on Maria Gimbutas). Ed. Joan Marler,. KIT. Manchester, CT.

1996  Guest Editor of Ecopsychology Newsletter , No.6.  Special issue on the arts.  CSU Hayward.

1995  Deep Form in Art and Nature.  Article by Theodore and Betty Roszak.  Annals of Earth and Resurgence No. 176.

1994-96  Arts Editor of Ecopsychology Newsletter , Nos.1-5.  CSU Hayward.

          Three prints accompanying article Fig Leaf in the Wind.  Sharon Thom.  Esalen Institute catalog .  Jan.-July 1995.

1993  Splendid Isolation,  Article by Diane Suzman on Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Palo Alto Weekly. 10/20/93

1992  Message of the Old Stones, Article and etchings. Resurgence (#153. July/August 1992). Dartington. England.

1990  Review: Spiritual Journey into Consciousness. By Elinor Gadon. Artweek. July 24, 1990.

1988  Learning from Gaia. Article and cover drawing for Places for Peace. Published for 1988 World Congress of the International   

          Federation of Landscape Architects, Boston, Massachusetts.

          'Maeve in Malta' (etching). The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon. Harper and Row. San Francisco.

1986  'Newgrange 2' and 'Newgrange 4.' Cover paintings and article. Shaman’s Drum. (#7. Winter 1986). Berkeley. California.

1984  'Newgrange 2' (painting) and 'Dusk at the Ring of Brogar' (etching). Article: Reincarnatie van der Megalietenbouwers. Martin

           Beks. Bres  magazine. Amsterdam, Holland.

1982  'Boscawen-Un' (painting) and 'Newgrange Entrance' (pen/ink). Megalithomania. John Michell. Thames and Hudson. London.

1980  90 days in Poland.  Front cover Painting, interview and  paintings. Perspektywy magazine.  March 1980. Warsaw, Poland.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Great Britain:

  • Museums

            The British Museum

            The Scottish National Museum of Modern Art

            The National Museum of Wales

            The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

            The British Council

            The Arts Council of Great Britain

            Birmingham City Art Gallery

            South London Art Gallery

  • Other City Museums and Art Galleries

            Bath, Exeter, Northampton, Bradford, Oldham, Dudley, Birkenhead, Sheffield, Hartlepool, Eastbourne, Worcester

  • University collections

            Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool

            The Open University

  • County Education Authority collections

            Durham, Kent, Lancashire, Nottingham Colleges of Art


In the U.S.A.:

Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA.

Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.

Achenbach Foundation, SF, CA.

City of Richmond

Lucid Arts Foundation


PRIVATE COLLECTORS

Lord John George Binning

Gabriella Cardazzo

Keith Critchlow

Michael de Styrcea

Elinor Gadon

The late Marija Gimbutas          

Waldemar Juszcak

Raymond Knight

Sidney Lanier

Ralph Metzner

John Michell

Thomas Neurath

The late Gordon Onslow Ford

Theodore & Betty Roszak

Rupert Sheldrake and Jill Purce

Fariba Bogzaran


Website presence

Christopher Castle Website:        http://www.christophercastle.com/

Common Ground UK                    http://www.england-in-particular.info/parishmaps/m-castle.html   Parish Maps page

ArtSlant                                        http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/153615-christopher-j-castle  

Flickr       http://www.flickr.com/photos/castle_art/7114520981/in/set-72157629537387332/lightbox/   

John Muir mural #1. 2009.

Marin Independent Journal            http://www.marinij.com/lifestyles/ci_9480571      article 2008

The British Museum Prints and Drawings Collection, London       http://goo.gl/hV85O

The British Council Collection, London  

                        http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/collection/artists/christopher-castle-1946/objects/all/initial/c


Interviews

Amy Lenzo Interview 2000-2001, Part 1:  visual work 

                        http://www.ecopsychology.org/journal/gatherings6/html/Image/image_cc.html

Amy Lenzo Interview 2000-2001, Images:

                        http://www.ecopsychology.org/journal/gatherings6/html/Image/Christopher.html

Amy Lenzo Interview 2000-2001, Part 2: musical work

                        http://www.ecopsychology.org/journal/gatherings6/html/Sound/sound_cc.html


on Marinography Mapping Project (1998)        http://ecopsychology.athabascau.ca/Final/1mapping.htm

Meridian Gallery, San Francisco – exhibit       http://www.meridiangallery.org/christophercastle2003.htm

ANIMA MUNDI  Mountains and Rivers Without End performance at Magic Theater, San Francisco. Review by Amy Lenzo

               http://www.ecopsychology.org/gatherings6/html/Movement/movement_anima.html


COORDINATOR/LEADER/ADMINISTRATOR Environmental Art Projects

2008-09  Environmental mural project with students at Briones High School Environmental Studies Academy, Martinez, California.

2008  Mapping projects with elementary schools in association with one person exhibit at the Bay Model, Sausalito, California.

2000-08  Mapping the Soul of the City: work with schools and community groups in Richmond and Oakland, California. 

2002-06  Taught in three Richmond, CA, elementary schools: Stege, Mira Vista, Verde, under auspices of Richmond Art Center and The Watershed Project

                Held sessions with several community and neighborhood groups, creating art exploring the local sense of place.

1993-2006  Co-Director Anima Mundi Dance Company: productions performed widely in the Bay Area, the U.S., and Europe.

2001-2005  Environmental mural project with Richmond High School SITPA after school program, Richmond, California.

2002  Large scale collaborative environmental artwork ‘Water in Richmond’ with National Institute of Art and Disabilities, Richmond, California.

1998  Initiate Marinography Mapping Project, working with schools and community groups in Pt. Reyes Station, Marin County, California with

            Grants from the Marin Arts Council, Gallery Route One and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust.

1986-89  Director Spotted Fawn Gallery, Pt. Reyes Station, California,  producing exhibits, courses, workshops, and lectures on environmental arts.


TEACHING (High, Middle and Elementary Schools)

Teaching includes: courses in painting, including individual and collaborative mural projects, drawing and printmaking, some sculpture.

2011-13 New Leaf (Environmental Studies Academy), Briones High School, Martinez,CA: Travels of John Muir mural in downtown Martinez with senior students.


2008-2009  Environmental Studies Academy, Briones High School, Martinez,CA: Alhambra Creek watershed mural in downtown Martinez with senior students.

Students research elements of the natural and cultural setting of the local watershed. Design mural including hand drawing and lay out of images, learning computer design software, enlarging to mural scale, preparation of masonry surface, painting with acrylic paints.


2007—present.  Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Artist in the Schools: Markham Elementary, Longfellow, Willard and Dover Middle Schools, Emery High School. Courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, focused on teachers’ requested themes, integrating creative art practices with school curricula.

2009-10  As Kala Art Institute Artist in the Schools devise Mapping Environments for three Berkeley Middle Schools, a collaboration with the Bay Area Math Project combining math with art.

2008  College for Kids college prep program: Contra Costa College. Drawing and painting course.

High School students are introduced to several art media practices, learn drawing techniques, design, use of line, positive and negative, texture, linear and tonal perspective, painting with watercolor and acrylics, collage, frottage, monotype printmaking.


2008  The Bay Model, Sausalito: Bayside Elementary School. Mapping projects. Elementary school students individually draw maps and nature of their area and make collaborative large-scale map of Sausalito area.

2006  Bridges to the Future college prep program Contra Costa College. Environmental art course and mural.

Students develop their own art projects focused on environmental themes, concluding with a huge collaborative painting with 20 students participating.


2004  Middle College High School at Contra Costa College. Environmental Art Course.

Students introduced to environmental themes as basis for art. Work with drawing, painting, natural materials. Develop studio practices.


2002-2006  After School environmental science program (SITPA): Richmond High School. Creating 100 ft x 10ft watershed mural in science hallway, depicting the local Wildcat Creek. A map of the creek as a timeline from source to Bay with historical and natural images from prehistory to 21st century. Develop concept and design, draw images, enlarge, transfer to wall, paint with acrylics.

2000-2006  Artist in the Schools (Richmond Art Center): Stege, Mira Vista, Verde Elementary Schools. Students work with many different media, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking. Individual and collaborative projects.

1998  Artist in the Schools (Gallery Route One): Point Reyes Elementary School. Part of community mapping project funded by the Marin Arts Council, students create numerous watershed art works and large scale map drawn on floor of Gallery Route One as part of exhibit on the project.


TEACHING  (printmaking)

Teaching includes courses at college level in all printmaking media, also assisting professional artists

1989-90  Master etcher. Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA.

1978-85  Principal lecturer in etching and general printmaking. Sir John Cass School of Art,  City of London Polytechnic, London.

1975-77  Examiner in Printmaking. Cambridge University Board of Examiners,   Cambridge, England.


TEACHING  (icon painting – egg tempera and gold leaf)

Based on a special study in Poland and London of traditional Byzantine practice of iconography. egg tempera and gilding.

1986-present  Regular courses and workshops in artist's own studio

1999-2003  Courses at various Bay Area institutions of higher education. (Mercy Center, UCS, Mandala Center, Sophia Center)

1994-95-96  The Mystical Icon. Workshop in icon painting at Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.

1993  Workshop: Faces of Illumination.  Quest Pigrimage Weekend, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California.

1989  Lecture: The Mystical Icon. Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada.

1989-90  Course: Traditional Icon Painting. Fort Mason, San Francisco, Ca.

1989   Course: Traditional Icon Painting. U.C.Extension, San Francisco, Ca.

1986  Lecture: The Mystical Icon. The Angela Center, Santa Rosa, Ca.

1982  Icons in Cork. Assistant teacher on course given for Catholic priests and nuns.  City of Cork  Museum, Eire.