This week, The Leonardo features Kent David Christensen. This artist creates drawings, prints and oil paintings dealing with pop culture and religious iconography—but it's his portraits of sugary snacks that really has us impressed. He splits his time between New York City and Sundance, Utah.
How would you describe your art?
"Semi-autobiographical cultural commentary, with random recurring references to art history."
Out of all the art you've created, what do you think is your best piece?
"That's like asking me if I have a favorite child. This year, 'Genie,' a life-sized portrait of Kate Middleton morphing out of a coke bottle, which hung in London during the royal wedding was a lot of fun and caused a bit of a stir. There is something about the early work that I feel most nostalgic about, when I remember the sense of discovery and accomplishment I had. More recently, I probably got more attention from 'Green Jell-O' than anything else, but various takes on ice cream are usually the most popular."
How did you end up with a career in art?
"I'm just trying to put my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to good use."
What are you showcasing at the Leonardo this week, and why should people check it out?
"I'm working on some images for Volta, one of the art fairs in New York that happens in March during Armory Show week. I also have some examples of my illustration work in case people are interested in that."
Do you sell prints of your artwork? How can people get in touch with you if they're interested in buying?
"I always have a selection of prints for sale at Sundance, and I will have some at the Leonardo. I can always be reached via the "contact" link on my website, kentchristensen.com."