The architecture of man, the architecture of nature, closely observed, this is the focus of Scottsdale based artist Chris Wiseman. Graduating from ASU College of Architecture in 1971, he practiced architecture for 40 years receiving several “Gold Nugget Awards” from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference and the Arizona AIA Chapter. Wiseman’s oeuvre reflects a combination of giving form to his remarkable imagination, a deep reverence of nature and the extensive practice of architecture and art, all cultivate the man behind the brush.
The regal Grand Tetons were his backdrop growing up in a small town in Wyoming, his artistic instincts grew. As a teen he attended the 1965 Worlds Fair and dreamt of being an architect and an artist. Some 30 years later that dream was fully realized when Wiseman was invited for a one-man-show of his “Bridges of New York” series, at the New York Hall of Science at the 1965 Worlds Fair site.
Wiseman’s series of Manhattan’s most notable bridges was originally inspired by the view from his New York apartment of the Queensboro Bridge, evoking an architectural nostalgia from a past era. Wiseman was featured in Sept.’05 Art Business News, “Market for Architectural Art on the Rise”. The artist/ architect connected conventional topographical scenes of well known bridges of New York City in ideal reconstructions with inventive composition, exaggerated scale and manipulation of perspective through the use of multiple vanishing points, bringing to life the orderly, rational, repetitive, structural system of a bridge in a heroic poem in the form of a painting.
Wiseman continued his work for 17 years in New York City, summering in the Berkshires. He became fascinated with the intrinsic charm and character of architecture of another bygone era, painting Main Street buildings in Stockbridge, Mass. and throughout New England, winning several competitions in juried shows.
He continues supporting the importance of historic preservation.
Retired, now turning his full attention to his visual art, the artist’s brush lends immortality to the breath taking red rock “structures” of Sedona, capturing majesty of nature’s grand structures, their enduring strength and order, contrasting shadows and light, blurring the lines between his art and his architecture. Beneath expressive stormy skies sits the hushed majesty, natures monuments’ that give the work a striking, moody quality expressed in his works. Chris’s work celebrates the joy of his expression!