Sunday, Jun 30, 2013 , 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 30, 3:00–5:00 PM
Exhibit: June 21–August 9, 2013
We have lost track of the sense of creative genius embedded in nature. An exploration of the consciousness of our most distant ancestors in the Neolithic worlds of ancient Europe uncovers sophisticated science integrated with a pure sensibility to the rhythms and pulse of the natural world that today we are rediscovering through Gaia principles.
All over the world, archaeology has discovered female figurines expressive of an awareness of the cycles of life and the subtle energies of nature. Long-time researcher and artist Christopher Castle shows the range of his work based on his journey into this ancient and mysterious feminine world spirit. Traveling from his native land in Britain through European cultures including those of Malta, Crete, Poland, Ireland, the U.S Southwest, and most recently the 7,000-year old Cucuteni culture of Romania, this exhibit includes paintings drawings and prints developed from his visual investigation of the Neolithic mind.
Castle is a British-born visual artist and composer. He exhibits widely in the U.S. and Europe. His work is represented in numerous public collections such as the British Museum, London; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Scottish and Welsh National Museums, Edinburgh and Cardiff; as well as private collections worldwide.
Castle’s painting and printmaking focus on the human relationship to place and nature. In Britain, Europe, and the U.S., he has explored the geomancy at ancient sites and the meaning of archaeological artifacts. The locally distinct, yet universal cosmology embedded in the patterns of art, architecture, and land forms inspire his work.
His current work includes: the painting of several commissions based on his studies in Romania, teaching printmaking for Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute and working in the Bay Area with community groups and schools on his public art project “Mapping the Soul of the Land.” As part of this series he has recently painted two large murals in Martinez, California on the theme of John Muir. These are being created under the auspices of the National Park Service and with the participation of the local community and high schools.