|Nationality American||Name Christopher Mangum|
|Born 1975Oakland, California, United States|
Christopher Mangum, known as the “Painter of Chefs”, is a contemporary oil painter who lives in San Diego, California. His artwork encompasses the culinary arts and viticulture which has sparked the interest of foodies nationwide. He gains inspiration for his paintings by visiting the kitchens of many renowned chefs, such as Charlie Trotter (Check out "Selected Works" below to see who else Christopher M. has painted). His career is still in its early stages, but this artist has already gained a promising following of collectors.
While a senior in high school, Mangum won an art competition that granted him a semester scholarship to art school. He graduated from San Francisco's Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2000. He was a member of the San Francisco Society of Illustrators.
Having studied many styles of art and admiring classical artists, Mangum focuses on letting a classical style show in a more modern way. This mixture of styles results in a traditional Realist style with many hints of Impressionism. Artists that influence Christopher’s work are 19th-century artists such as John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas. References of these styles can be seen in his chosen subject matter of culinary chefs. Christopher chooses to paint culinary life because he feels the chef's character can tell many stories and he sees the similarities between chefs and artists.
"One thing that draws me to painting the chefs that I meet is that I notice so many similarities with what the chefs do as artists and what I do myself as an artist."
Clothing such as smocks or aprons is one similarity and the mixing of textures and colors is another. The culinary subjects are all painted in a similar style which has many Impressionistic qualities in the abstraction of forms and bright bold colors used. While experimenting with texture and brushstrokes that leave visual impressions on the canvas, Christopher shows a great deal of emotion in his work. “I think that art should be an expression of personality,” Christopher M. says. “I want to create paintings that address things that are important in life, not just paint pretty pictures. My work is a celebration of life, and it feeds my spiritually.”