Description Acrylic & Spray paint on panel The Phoenix is a firebird from Egyptian mythology. The feathers of the Phoenix are red, orange and gold. After a very long life (about 500 years) the Phoenix builds a nest and then spontaneous combusts. From the ashes of the nest and the bird a new Phoenix chick arises. The Phoenix also has the power to heal itself when hurt. Many cultures have used the Phoenix as a symbol of fire and immortality. I decided to illustrate this mythology as a newborn baby Phoenix.
Christopher Bonnette, Rosemead, CA Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement Christopher Bonnette was born and raised in Los Angeles. Since the age of four he knew he wanted to be an artist. He mostly stayed indoors drawing the cartoons he would watch on television. He was taught at an early age to be "constructive not destructive" by his mother. His father was a hard working machinist who taught him the responsibility of getting a job and providing for your family. Having an older brother who would force him to watch horror movies made him develop a strange fascination for monsters, aliens, robots, and anything that goes bump in the night. He would often suffer from night terrors because of this. His father would also tell him ghost and voodoo stories of the old days when he lived on the farm in Louisiana. In 1984 he suffered a grand mall seizure and was clinically deceased for two minutes. Due to this fact his artistic style tends to be dark and macabre yet still maintain a cute whimsical appearance. It is a balance of shape, line and form along with color that makes his artwork very appealing. Christopher is a true Gemini and never allows himself to be pigeon holed into one classification. He can be a graphic designer as well as an illustrator and a fine artist as well as a commercial artist. Right before entering High School he volunteered at John Muir Public Library to teach arts and crafts for the children's summer program. Christopher's dedication to art is representative in even his early childhood years. A High School art teacher saw Christopher's talent and led him to participate in the Otis College summer program. This led him to be accepted at the Otis College of Art and Design. He majored in Illustration and dedicated the four years of his life to further his craft. His hard work and dedication was rewarded after receiving the 1998 Senior Thesis Award. He has participated in many art shows that have been very successful. His art can be seen in galleries, stores, and homes all over the U.S.A., and from Germany to Japan. There is no medium that his work cannot be adapted to. Christopher will continue to be happy if many people can enjoy what he enjoys doing.