Last Thursday I viewed Christopher Linquata’s artwork at the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, which was composed from acrylic paint and canvas. Christopher does not draw from actual pictures, although his illustrations do resemble real life. The canvas is smooth, which makes it look even more realistic, and not as much of a physical, textured art piece. Use of lighting and shadows in his paintings help to create this effect.
Linquata used to draw comic books in kindergarten. Since attending CSU Long Beach, he saw his art improve tenfold, and now this is his last year studying here. He hopes that the audience will be able to find meaning in his paintings, in which he has invented color and light. He draws attention to the figures in his artwork, and the importance of the space around them, and its interactions.
The largest painting in the gallery took Linquata about 4 months to paint. His series as a whole represents religious scenes from Ancient Greece, as well as Christian orthodox, which is sacred and close to him. For example, the first painting pictured in the left, titled Garden of San Pedro, symbolizes the saints that fell asleep while Jesus was praying.
Being Christian myself, I find significant meaning in his paintings. It is intriguing how Linquata draws a connection between his life-like paintings to something deeper. These paintings take place outdoors, at a beach, yet the underlying message ties back to a spiritual meaning, or what ever meaning the viewer makes of it. At first glance, it just seems like a photo of a random occurrence happening outdoors. But as mentioned before, the first photo of a few people sleeping at the beach links back to disciples that were sleeping instead of praying. It is fascinating how Linquata is able to display a historical event in a modern life setting.
You can find out more about Chris on Instagram @icon5350