Oil Paintings by Christopher Sousa
Christopher Sousa was born in Fall River, MA and has lived and worked in Provincetown, MA since 2003. His portraits and figures explore themes of isolation, alienation, longing and desire. He counts Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville, Paul Cadmus and Euan Uglow among his influences. Sousa has studied with Larry Collins and Donald Beal.
Sousa is represented by AMP in Provincetown and the Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs, CA. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, A Gallery, and Larry Collins Fine Art in Provincetown, MA, The Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, NY, The URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery in Providence, RI, and Reynolds Fine Art in New Haven, CT.
“My painting has always been about the face and/or figure, but most often depicting the male. My inspiration comes from people I see or meet, and a desire to investigate and document the complexities of their distinctiveness.
Recently I’ve become interested in exploring the male portrait beyond the conventional perceptions of masculinity. Eschewing elements of “manly” coarseness and clichéd machismo, I’m attempting instead to depict a softness and beauty traditionally associated with portraiture of the female.”