Chris Robertson first started screen printing in his bedroom at fifteen. Since then nothing has changed, beyond move out of his parents, Some art schooling from the University of Waterloo, gain the experience of printing in shops all over Montréal, co-found and print for Moniker Screen Printing & Design, to where he can be found in his new home La Presse du Chat Perdu. Still screen printing, not very capable of doing much else. This is the foundation for his artistic work. For years, as the presses went silent for the night, Chris would practice his skills in other mediums of printmaking. Woodcut came most naturally to him, for its painstaking and monotonous nature lends itself well to his skills as a screen printer. Now giant monolithic slabs of wood delineate his innermost feelings, probing his memories to find some truth or cosmic reality in our existence. Balancing spatial harmony with thematic awkwardness, the grey areas of life are treated in a monochromatic way. Dedicated to disseminating the stories of those without the voice to do so, and putting social justice over the rule of law, the streets of Montreal are Chris Robertson’s canvas and this is how he tells his story.

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