Chris Erskine was born in Hamilton and attended McMaster University, receiving a honours B.A. in political science in 1988. Largely self-taught, Chris studied part-time at the Dundas Valley School of Art between 1998 and 2001. His work ranges from portraits to urban landscapes, focusing on how place, memory, and history influence our interpretations of people and buildings. In 2019, Chris’s art was selected for a utility box wrap by the Hamilton Public Art Department and installed at the corner of Wilson and Ferguson Avenue North. CHCH also covered the utility piece in a news story dated Oct 8th, 2019. Chris is a member of Hamilton Artist Inc and Hamilton Art Council.
Chris Erskine is an urban streetscape artist who explores the complex interplay of place, memory, and history in the modern city. Through his paintings and mixed media works, Erskine captures the vibrant energy and character of urban life while also highlighting the ways in which our built environment shapes and is shaped by the people who inhabit it. His work often incorporates elements of nostalgia and storytelling, inviting viewers to consider the ways in which our memories and experiences influence our relationship with the places we call home. Erskine’s art is a powerful reminder of the rich history and culture within our cities and a celebration of how the urban environment can inspire and enrich our lives.
The Elizabeth Gardens Art Project
The Elizabeth Gardens Art Project is an effort to capture the growth and change that has occurring in one community from the early 1950s to the present. The area under study is bounded by Lakeshore Road, QEW, Burloak Drive, and Appleby Line or East Burlington more broadly.
The Project’s aim is to collect photos, stories and oral histories from current and former residents and business owners. Using these references, a body of art work will be created using the filters of History, memory and place. Once completed, it is my goal to display the artistic output within the community.
Chris Erskine, Artist
1063 King Street West, Suite 198
Hamilton, ON L8S 4S3
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