"When I was 7 years old, I remember going to an artist's studio ... I was astonished by his work ... They were very commanding, beautiful paintings. So that sort of set my mind in motion. I was sort of moving toward being an artist at an early age and when you're in kindergarten and the teacher says, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' and everybody says, 'I want to be a ballerina. I want to be a fireman.' I said, 'I said I want to be Pablo Picasso.' "
~ Christopher Mir
Christopher Mir's paintings are populated by mythic figures, creatures, machines and fragments of ambiguous forms which are often positioned within idealized landscapes in dream-like circumstances. Mir's paintings present paradoxical relationships and unsettling juxtapositions and often address dichotomies such as, the mystical vs. the physical, spiritual vs. secular and primal vs. futuristic, says his website. A Baltimore native, Mir holds a bachelor's in painting and anthropology from Marlboro College, Vermont, and master's from Boston University School for the Arts. He shows his work at RARE Gallery in New York, Galeria Senda in Barcelona, Spain and TM Projects in Geneva, Switzerland. His work is in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery. In 2004, he was awarded the Rema Hort Mann foundation grant, and he was among the first dozen artists to be invited to join the Artist Pension Trust. His wife, Karen Dow, is also a painter. Find out more at christophermir.com.
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