Colin Christian

About Artist: Colin Christian was born in London on March 30, 1964 to a loving and outgoing mother. Apart from art classes, he hated school, and at the age of 15, he left to live in Morocco with his family. The cultural difference was very liberating, and upon his return to England at 16, he worked at a record music store. In 1982 he became a DJ and stage manager for a large nightclub in the south of England where he met his wife Sas. In 1992 Colin moved to the U.S where he and his wife started a small business making latex clothing for fetish stores around the country. Their work was featured in Penthouse and Skin Two magazines. Taking what he had learned from clothing manufacturing and combining it with his interest in movie special effects, Colin produced fiberglass figures and displays. In 1998, he produced his first production figure, an anime girl called “Suki,” towering seven feet tall and anatomically correct. Colin decided to put his career on hold for a few years to take up commercial sculpture. A robot he made for the American Heart Association was interviewed by Katie Couric on The Today Show, and he also constructed the world’s largest mousetrap for pest control company Truly Nolen, which is now featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. Colin works full time on his original sculptures, finding inspiration in old sci-fi movies, pinup girl/supermodels, anime, ambient electronic music and H.P. Lovecraft. In 2004, he started using silicone in his sculptures, a difficult material to use but one that helps him achieve his goal of true cartoon realism, a line drawing made flesh. He is not looking to create every imperfection and flaw, but to take the exaggerations and perfections of cartoons and make them into a realistic 3D form.

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