CHRISTOPHER PIERCE is a nationally recognized fine artist who paints florals, still lifes, portraits, figures, and interiors with panache and a maturesensitivity. Along with his stunning portraiture, he is well known for the huge and commanding florals that come from the bounty of his gardens.
Last year International Artist Magazine published a feature article on his work, his studio, and a demonstration of his creating one of his paintings in the April/May issue. Also his painting, “Homage to Sargent and Tuke,” was awarded the “Speaks to You” prize in the American Artist Professional League online portrait and figure exhibition. It can be viewed at http://www.americanartistsprofessionalleague.org/online_portrait_winners_14.htm#gallery
In 2013, Pierce was featured in articles in both American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur magazines. His paintings have also been finalists in both the Portrait/Figure and Still Life/Floral categories in The Artists Magazine’s annual art competition, and his work has been published in the Exhibit book for the Richeson75 Online Still Life and Floral Exhibition.
In 2011, The Artist’s Magazine featured a six page article on his work in its June issue. His painting“Alex: Homage to Sargent and Tuke” was reproduced in the magazine, and also chosen as a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2010 portrait competition. A demonstration of how he painted the 7’ life size canvas can be seen at http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/pierce-sight-size-figure-demonstration.
In September 2009, Studios magazine featured a 7-page article on Pierce’s studio in Shushan, NY. This article can be seen at http://www.artistdaily.com/blogs/features/archive/2009/09/01/a-studio-worthy-of-rockwell.aspx . In 2008 his painting "Sunflowers and Peacock Vase” won the Helen DeCozen award for a floral at the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition in New York City. In 2006, his portrait “The Gardener” won First Prize at the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists annual competition. His landscapes, figures, and floral still lifes have been featured in Adirondack Life magazine and New York Art Review. Mr. Pierce had a two week solo exhibition of 90 paintings in the main gallery of the National Arts Club in New York City in January 2010. And also in 2010, a six week solo exhibition of his paintings was held at the Spa Fine Arts Gallery in Saratoga.
The artist, who has been called a poetic realist, grew up near New York City and attended Hackley School in Tarrytown. He received his bachelor's degree from Skidmore College and his master's degree from the College of St. Rose. He has also studied with David A. Leffel and Terrence Coyle at the Art Student's League. He is represented by the John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA, the Lily Pad Gallery in Watch Hill, RI., the Cavalier Galleries in Greenwich, CT and Nantucket, MA, and the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, MA.
Pierce has been elected to the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Other organizations he is a member of include the American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, and the Hudson Valley Art Association.