66.9 х 74.8 in. cm.
Executed in 1999, this painting is an excellent example Christopher Winter’s distinctive style, which is at once playful and sinister. This work, entitled “Fight Night,” depicts seemingly innocent adolescents, a familiar subject of the artist, engaged in a boxing match that has taken a savage turn – a reference to the 1997 fight where Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield in the ear. The candy-colored palette and cartoon-like imagery serve to highlight this discrepancy, adding to the underlying tension and intrigue so often present in his work.
A founding member of the Artists Group Special X, British contemporary artist Christopher Winter (b.1968) received his BA with Honors from Camberwell School of Art, in London, England, and his MA from Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. An artist in residence of Mannheim, Germany, Winter now lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Winter's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the world, including Edelman Arts, New York, NY; Galerie Jaspers, Munich, Germany; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Cenre d art d Ivry, Paris, France; P-House Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and Victoria Miro, London, UK.
Select Public Collections:
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany