Artist Interview: Christopher Fowler

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Christopher B “Chris” Fowler. Although I have been taking photographs since high school, I have been exhibiting my work for the past 5 years.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
Photography. I started out as a graphic artist, got interested in making animated movies in middle and high school, shifted over to live action movies (this was in the golden age of super-8 home-movie film), developed a particular interest in cinematography (an otherwise largely-forgotten film of Ingmar Bergman’s called, “The Touch,” was a particular inspiration); then in college I saw a print of Edward Steichen’s famous early color photograph of the Flatiron Building and it’s been photography ever since.

What is your creative process like?
I take the camera with me wherever I go and keep my eyes open.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Find your own true voice.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
All the other photographers vying for a place in people’s awareness along with me.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"Museum of the American Indian" by Chris Fowler

“Museum of the American Indian” by Chris Fowler

Re: “Museum of the American Indian”: As my website states, my particular interest is in the interplay of the shapes, textures, lines and colors of things. I had taken the camera with me, hoping to get a photograph of the East Face of the building (the one the faces the Capitol, where the main entrance is) and despite the fact it was a gray, overcast morning. For some reason, my wife and I, after having lunch in the cafeteria, chose to leave the building via the south entrance rather than the main entrance where we had come in. I noticed the sun had come out, looked up and saw the combination of the tree branches holding the beginning of their early spring leaves, the curve and surface of the stone face of the building and the remaining wisps of broken clouds against a strikingly blue sky, And snapped the picture, of course.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far (this can include current & former AOM events)?
Seeing in one place the extraordinary variety of current artists and artistic expressions.

What is your website (or other method of contact):

You can see more of Chris’ work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the third floor, space 5-014.