Amavida Coffee in Rosemary Hosts Christon Anderson Art Opening

January 28, 2013 by SoWal Staff

The unapproachable urban vibe of Christon Dee Anderson is often in place to filter objectionable attitudes and cloak his kinder gentler persona. A black child born into the eighties was certain to be challenged and, unwavering, he met them head on. From an early age he spent a great deal of time drawing and showed a passionate interest in the arts. Born and bread in Florida’s Northwest panhandle provided an opportunity for other talents to blossom. His skill and ability at baseball, and later football, were recognized and in high school he received local and state accolades. The journeys outside his everyday routine opened his eyes to a whole new world. Although his stardom through making it into the record books was a bit hard to swallow. After a stint in the military he returned home with a hunger to find his voice and be heard. With local luminaries, Roland Hocket he studied drawing and was fascinated by the artistic visual possibilities of photography under the tutelage of the late Johnnie Ihlfeld.

Anderson cast his bread upon the waters and was encouraged by commissioned works and fine art portraiture. These positive responses continue to bolster those with serious interest in his work.

Self proclaimed as SOPHISTICATED GUTTER, awarded and scooped up by emerging collectors and the seasoned art crowd, Christon Dee Anderson, from mild to wild, has clearly developed a recognizable style. Using a variety of traditional mediums, stand alone and meld, he creates visionary, intuitive, abstract, three dimensional works of ART. Christon evokes memories and fiery emotions through his antagonism and social criticism. Anchors to his stormy sea of creativity, Christan’s wife, Kristina, daughter, Isabel Rain, and son, Coleman Ray, are and will forever be works in progress, forever providing inspiration.

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