Matricism, a new derivative of Pointillism, is the technique in “which the practitioner attempts to design a logical, sequential, or scientific process for the technical construction of a pictorial statement” through the use of math. The first stage of the painting is a grayscale under painting, or otherwise known as the “brightness design.” Next in the process is the “wavelength design.” Here he selects the ratio of hues and values in color.
Christian uses the technique of Pointillism to create his paintings of Caddo Lake, which is located just outside of Shreveport. Pointillism’s innovation is best known for in the work of one of the most famous paintings in history, Seurat’s, ” Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande,” which took nearly two years to create.
Because this technique makes severe physical demands on the artist such as, restricted movement and visual strain, he almost left it behind him. However in 1999, Christian collaborated with technologists, who helped him develop a tool that allowed the art of pointillism to be brought back to life again.
Christian’s use of mathematics in Matricism became the slab on which they began to develop the workings of the Randell Paintbrush, a robotic painting tool. This paintbrush allows him to avoid the disabling effects on both his body and eyes to create his uniquely profound images, but still puts him in full creative control of the art itself. He decides the mixture of color that is given to the painting tool. He also controls the location, amount, and texture of the paint that the tool is going to put on the canvas. He is the sole creator from the beginning to the end of the painting. A servant to his own perfectionism, he merely allows the painting tool to take his direction, and lay down the base of the painting. He then returns to each piece to do all the fine tuning and detail by hand, where he dedicates a minimum of 3-4 days to each canvas. No canvas leaves his studio; with out a meticulous over hall by the artist’s hand.
Christian is available for portraits. He is one such artist, trained in the many classical traditions, Realism, Impressionism, and Realistic Impressionism, the favored style by most contemporary clients of this old world tradition.
In 1992, after a discussion with my friend Dr. Richard Brettell who was the director of the Dallas Museum at the time, I decided to call my technique "Matricism." That evening we coin the word or name however you see it. It has taken me 18 years of working with it and today Matricism has been included into the online dictionary and encyclopedia, Wikipedia. This is something no other living artist has accomplished and now it will be there for the rest of history. We started working with Wikipedia in 2008 when Dr. John Randall attempted to add Matricism to their data base but was rejected for lack of confirmation documentation. Now that Matricism has been written up nationally through Artist's Magazine and other regional publications, today I received notice from Wiki that Matricism is now a part Wikipedia's data base. Currently it is a short definition but more will be added my others that will broaden the definition to include a little about its founder.
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