ARTIST STATEMENT
Christopher Cantwell's earliest memories revolve around wood.As a young child, Christopher's mom found him frustrated and crying in front of several toy blocks.He flatly refused her help with the matter, he had his own idea of what he was building,and he was determined to make it work.As a 12-year old, his persistence led him to win first place in the Central California Art League Young Masters Art Competition for a balsa wood sculpture he created.By his mid-teens, he was making and selling furniture and wood boxes.

He spent the next several years experimenting, making cabinets and guitars: framing houses, and pursuing a brief career as a world-renown rock climber.In 1982, the Ansel Adams Gallery hired him for a large commission of boxes, inlaid with abstracted scenes of Yosemite.Soon thereafter, Christopher settled on wood art as his life's work.He has been making inlaid wood boxes, tables and art objects ever since.

Christopher developed exclusive techniques that are not practiced by woodworkers trained in more traditional realms.The result is a unique style, with each piece exploring both angles and curves; nature versus man-made; emotion and logic; joy versus misery.

Christopher works with about 100 varieties of wood, with a preference for the exotic and
unusual."No one believes me when I tell them I buy my wood from Home Depot, so I have to confess to a network of specialty wood suppliers all of the United States."

Each piece is one-of-a-kind, with elements that are designed to fit the character of each specific piece of wood."I work with the wood and my own ideas when I make my designs.Often, the challenge of using a grain pattern in the best way, or working with a particular piece of wood, will fuel my inspiration."

Christopher's work is featured in private and public collections, including the ornament
collection of The White House in Washington, D.C.Other collectors include Dr. Irving Lipton, who was noted for having the largest collection of contemporary wood art in the world.

Over 100 galleries and museums across the nation and internationally have exhibited
Christopher's pieces.Photographs and articles about Christopher's work have been published in numerous publications, including Marquis Who's Who In America.

A full-time wood artist for over twenty years, Christopher currently resides in Oakhurst, CA.The view from his house includes 7,000-foot mountains, rolling foothills, majestic pine trees, and sprawling oaks." I've had the ultimate California artist experience of sitting in the hot tub, enjoying the view, and discussing how customer decisions, in a gallery 2000 miles away, can be telepathically affected by my mood."

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Bridge to Hope (shown above)
Granadillo, Indian Rosewood, Mexican Kingwood, Black Acacia, Verawood, Ebony, Maple, Kingwood, Satin, Pink Ivorywood
20 x 8 x 12"
$8000.



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