Subject Tags: graffiti art, graffiti, street art, street, acrylic on canvas, canvas, color, abstract painting, abstract, geometric, line, word, text, modern, typography, calligraphy - painting, calligraphy
Size: 16"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I do calligraphy because I find all types of writing beautiful, and I can’t get enough of it in my life. I practice calligraphy to pay homage to the great writers and scribes who have inspired me. In my never ending quest to find more alphabets I eventually stumbled upon the ancient Norse. These people would use runes to cast spells or predict the future. In the English language we also say that we are spelling when we use letters to create words. These ideas always seemed closely connected to me, and I like the idea that when we write something we are casting a kind of spell. Some of the ancient runes even closely resemble modern letter forms. So, with these ideas in mind, I created my own runes, or hieroglyphics to create my own spells. Sometimes in my work I make the symbols legible enough to read whole passages, other times just a word or phrase, or sometimes the symbols are just a design. My art is also a 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!