Chris Bilton was born an artist. He was hardwired a creator, a maker, an inventor. Innately and intensely he began drawing pictures with purpose and determination in babyhood, as soon as he got his hands on a pencil, and he never turned back. With the passage of each year, his sensitivity and understanding deepens, and his artistic abilities have reached impressive heights, while his skillset and interests forever expand. His art is his story.
Chris draws, paints, and sculpts. He also designs and builds musical instruments, plays and composes music on many of them, teaches sometimes, and inspires others always. He grew up in a small southern town, and then moved to be an artist in New York City for a time, where he received his M.F.A. from The Graduate School of Figurative Art of The New York Academy of Art. He returned home to the place, family ties and culture of the south again, revisiting the setting of his many stories from youth with a new perspective. He now lives and creates art in the small rural town of Eutawville, SC, where he has a great yard and multiple studio work spaces for his many artistic endeavors.
He exemplifies the Renaissance spirit, living a philosophy that interweaves all arts and life. He works using the most traditional of fine art materials, creating art with great technical mastery infused with a modern sensibility; while he also uses technology to create contemporary animations on the computer, combining the newest methods with those of pre-digital animation. The focus of his art is on humanistic issues, often featuring the human figure as subject, with most of the figures drawn from his imagination. His current work is varied, and ever evolving. Chris Bilton’s art has been exhibited in New York, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and France.