Chris MacClure founded International Artist Day in 2004.
Chris paints romantic realism from his studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
What started out as a generous and gracious idea from one artist to the next, has turned into a worldwide adventure.
Chris, a Canadian currently living in White Rock, BC, is a Romantic Realist Fine Art Painter. Chris is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment. His paintings are an expression of his “Romantic Realist” view of life, not crafty nor painterly.
From scenes of the famous Hotel California, to the Cabo Wabo Cantina, or a monk arranging flowers in a monastery in Hong Kong, Chris’s engaging style is evident in his use of color changes and natural compositions. Using landscape as a language, Chris incorporates imagery and symbolism into his art to reflect his own unique expression.
Born into an artistic family in St. John, New Brunswick on the east coast of Canada, Chris was surrounded by the arts from a young age. His father was a jazz musician and mother a playwright, His grandfather was an illustrator, so it never occurred to him that he couldn’t do it. He assumed everyone was an artist.
His experience and confidence has taken Chris to places and studios around the world for more than 50 years, offering him a wide range of opportunities to hone his skills and mediums. During his travels he attended Sir George University (Concordia) Fine Arts in Montreal, Canada, and the Emily Carr School of Art & Design in Vancouver Canada. His works have been exhibited across Canada, the US, Mexico and Hong Kong.
Some of his art has found its way into the collections of John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, James Whitmore, mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade, racing legend Don Prudhomme, Bill Clinton, Boris Yeltsin, Pepsi Co., the Ford Motor Co. of Detroit and Prince William & Kate the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge
Over the years Chris has run a few co-op gallery/studios.
Also Chris is one of the founding members of the San Jose del Cabo Art Walk in Baja Mexico.
As an international Canadian artist, Chris spends his time as a White Rock Artist in B.C. Canada when not on gallery tours.