Size: 24"W x 18"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
I do calligraphy because I find all types of calligraphy beautiful, and I can’t get enough of it in my life. I practice calligraphy every day to pay homage to the great writers and scribes who taught practice makes perfect. Now, I feel as though I have learned the basics of this great art, and now my passion in life is to create beautiful images with calligraphy to inspire the next generation of writers just as I have been inspired by the past. In my latest art work I try to take the letters away from the meaning of language. Working as a calligrapher, I break down letters to the forms that construct them in order to better understand and form the letter myself. To me these simple shapes that make up letters are the most beautiful shapes in the world. My goal is to create beautiful images with calligraphy and these shapes, but be devoid of any written or explicit language message. My art is a work of love and tribute to letter forms, alphabets, typography, and calligraphy in general.
Hello, my name is Christian Weykamp I am a calligraphy artist living in upstate New York. During a state mandated studio art class in the 9th grade, our teacher spent two weeks teaching us the basics of dip pens and calligraphy. From that moment I was totally hooked. I even once failed a history assignment after turning in an assignment written in calligraphy on parchment paper, even after my teacher insisted that all papers must be typed. From that time I've done countless wedding projects with my calligraphy skills. As much as I like doing this work I always wanted to take calligraphy off the paper to use it to make beautiful paintings. My work is inspired by all types of calligraphy; arabic, hebrew, blackletter, hieroglyphics, runes, and anything else I come across. Since branching out more into painting in 2015 I have been a part of several group shows, sold paintings to people all across the USA, and have even won a couple of awards at local shows. Thanks for taking a look!