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Christopher Peter Mixed Media Silhouettes

Posted on: October 4th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Silhouettes by Christopher Peter at Art Leaders Gallery

Christopher Peter: Breathtaking, Ethereal Silhouettes 

Published October 4th, 2022

As art lovers, we are constantly searching for that one painting that makes you stop in your tracks and say, “Wow, that is breathtaking.” That is how we felt when we first saw Christopher Peter’s mixed media silhouettes. His work adds vibrancy, pattern, texture, and life to living spaces. You can now view his work in person at the gallery!

Known for using unconventional materials, Christopher’s mixed media silhouettes blur the line between portraiture and vibrant abstract painting. Combining these elements creates a personal narrative between the viewer and the work. He creates his mixed media paintings by hand and is a celebration of color, movement, and light.

His work is a reflection of his ultimate goal – using art to explore the relationship between ourselves and how we experience our surroundings. To achieve this goal, Christopher’s mixed media silhouettes often includes handmade papers, vintage roadmaps, and repurposed books in addition to acrylic and oil paints. Below, read about Christopher’s inspiration, his studio life, and his color palette!

Christopher Peter in his painting studio

What do you do to find inspiration for your mixed media silhouettes?

“My silhouette paintings are inspired by a craft that my grandmother used to do as a kid. She would have a family member sit down and then shine a light on their face and trace the shadow and cut out the tracing on paper. She did it extensively; I have a cutout that she made of my mom in second grade.  As an adult making art, I keep returning to that, and I keep trying to push that as far as I can. There’s a slightly different approach depending on whether I’m creating the painting as a custom commissioned piece. In general I start by photographing a model in my studio. I’ve painted friends, acquaintances, peers, even the woman who drives the bus that went past my old studio. Anyone interested in the work and wants to be a part of the story can be!”

Christopher Peter with students at his studio

What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?

“I have a pretty steady studio schedule. My alarm goes off at 6:00 or 7:00 depending on the day. I wake up, drink some coffee, pack up breakfast and lunch, and ride my bike to my studio space. My studio is a bit unique in that its in a retail gallery space in the heart of SOWA (the art district in Boston). I am open to the public so I get quite a few visitors!  It’s really fun to engage with the community in that way. There’s always exciting new work in progress, work that’s finished, and pieces that is shipping out. The whole process is on full display.

I paint for about 8 hours each day. I’ll typically choose a particular pose to fit an idea, style, dimension, and palette, then I’ll get to work on the painting. I paint everything unstretched, with the canvas cut from a massive roll that is tacked flat to my work surface. By building the piece in layers I am able to see the entire surface develop in stages. In fact, the entire prep layer is developed simultaneously and then the underpainting is next. After the underpainting, I add layers of paint, layers of collage, layers of paint, collage, until the piece starts to make sense. It tells me where to go and what to do.

Once I render the portrait and the negative space is realized, I untack it from the wall and build the stretcher bars and brace. Then, I stretch it and varnish and install the wire for hanging.  The entire piece is done completely by hand.  If the painting is a commission, the client and their designer or gallerist are all included in this process. Bringing the vision to life is such a wonderful feeling!”

Christopher Peter Silhouettes in Studio

What is your ideal color palette to work with?

“I tend to gravitate towards blue/cream/black/silver/gold and my favorite white is Snow White.  Additionally, I respond really well to surfaces that have a really subtle shimmer. I love it when a painting really comes alive in different lighting conditions.  It’s almost like the piece has a life of its own!  After about a decade of experimenting I’ve found myself returning to a handful of specific mineral paints like stainless steel and micaceous iron oxide to achieve that quality.”

View more of Christopher’s work available on our website, or check out christopherpeter.com to view more of his process and installation examples!

Figurative Art – From Traditional to Contemporary

Posted on: August 20th, 2022 by Art Leaders No Comments

Five Figurative Artists You’ll Love

Published on August 20th, 2022

Some of the most influential and well-known works of art connect us to the human figure. For example – The Mona Lisa, The Scream, The Birth of Venus – all speak to us through the human figure. Figurative art, whether traditional and representational or contemporary and abstract, creates a human element and a captivating presence in your home. Whether it be an expression, an action, or simply a familiar face, when we look at the human figure on a painting, we are able to make connections to our own lives.

Here at the gallery, we have a wide selection of figurative paintings, prints, and sculptures. Anna Razumovskaya’s contemporary impressionist painting bring us romance, while Gabe Leonards cinematic, story-telling paintings bring us drama. Figurative art from traditional to contemporary can compliment just about any space. Finally, below you will find five of our favorite figurative artworks that can impact any space.

Beauty of Dark by Hessam Abrishami

Beauty of Dark by Hessam Abrishami, Figurative Art from traditional to contemporary

Hessam Abrishami, Beauty of Dark, Ltd. Ed. Giclee on Canvas, 36″ x 48″

Loving the Spin by Anna Razumovskaya

Anna Razumovskaya, Loving the Spin, Hand-Embellished Giclee on Canvas

Anna Razumovskaya, Loving the Spin, Hand-Embellished Giclee on Canvas

Gold Leaf by Kerri Warner

Gold Leaf by Kerri Warner at Art Leaders Gallery

Kerri Warner, Gold Leaf, Mixed Media on Board, 48″ x 72″

Rossetto II by Pietro Adamo

Rossetto II by Pietro Adamo

Pietro Adamo, Rossetto II, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48″ x 24″

Lip Gloss is for Girls by Gabe Leonard

Lip Gloss is For Girls by Gabe Leonard

Gabe Leonard, Lip Gloss is for Girls, Ltd. Ed. on Canvas

Find a piece of art that speaks to you! You can find our contemporary and traditional figurative artists here:  Browse All Artists.

Anna Razumovskaya | Hessam Abrishimi | Kerri Warner | Pietro Adamo | Gabe Leonard

Contact the Gallery for more information on starting your own collection of figurative art, from traditional to contemporary. Additionally, you can follow the gallery on Instagram for gallery updates!

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Posted on: February 21st, 2019 by Art Leaders No Comments

Craig Alan’s Populus: People Making People

Despite the title’s multiple meanings, I am of course referring to Craig Alan’s ‘Populus’ figurative artwork series at Art Leaders Gallery. His artwork has captured the attention of many in the past decade. Check out this News Article of his latest public art piece in Atlanta, Georgia!

Each painting reads as a portrait from a distance– often a celebrity or known public figure. When you approach the work and look closely, you start to understand that each line and detail making up the portrait is an individual of their very own. Above all, the figures that make up these portraits are always unique. They interact in a world within the depiction of another a human being! In other words, he makes people made from people!

Alan’s Inspiration

Craig Alan’s inspiration behind the series began after he started taking photographs from his mother’s condo balcony. He captured the ever-changing crowds from a distance. As a result, a pattern began to form of a human eye in the lens of his camera. “This started my creative wheels turning,” Craig explains. Everything after that I suppose is history!

Craig Alan's Populus Series Hope Around The Corner featuring mini figures gathering around the letters HOPE available at Art Leaders Gallery

Hope Around the Corner by Craig Alan


Craig Alan believes that individuals need to work together for the greater good of the community. Therefore, his pieces have a general sense of community, positivity, and hope. He believes we are all small pieces of one large puzzle. Consequently, he wants viewers to be able to see themselves in each one of his pieces. As a result, his artwork is customizable with unique figures of your choice.

Populus Process

Craig Alan adding custom details to a piece of artwork from his Populus series.

Craig Alan hand painting ‘The Crossover’ details.

Firstly, Craig Alan meticulously makes stencils for each one of the tiny figures that makes up each of his larger images. Secondly, he then uses these stencils to spray paint each figure individually onto the canvas to create a larger image. After that, each figure is hand painted to include their unique qualities.

Watch this video for an in depth look at Craig Alan’s Populus Process. 

Craig has been expanding his figurative artwork series, which is gaining more and more recognition. In addition to public art, he offers originals, commissioned mixed media work, and has recently released a new limited-edition line on canvas! Craig now works in three different artwork classifications; Original, Mixed Media, and Limited Edition. His new limited-edition works are a signed & numbered edition of 75 giclée’s on canvas. His mixed media on wood is his most popular genre of work. They are available for commissions and are customizable in size, color, and details. Clients have asked him to add in their names, certain figures, their own portrait, etc. His original paintings are where the limits are fairly endless. Collectors can commission a Craig Alan original of their own face in the Populus style if desired.

Stay tuned and let Art Leaders Gallery be your go-to resource for all things new with Craig Alan!

Published February 21st, 2019


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