“My paintings deal with northern and cottage country themes, and explore the interplay of light and shadow throughout the seasons. They’re generally loosely rendered with brushwork and colour emphasized over detail. I paint on a modest scale to create landscapes that have a sense of intimacy and poetry about them”.   

Christopher was born in Toronto in 1954. As a youngster, he spent summers at Georgian Bay where each year his family embarked on that great northern misadventure known as “running a cottage rental business”. Muskoka was occasionally a summer destination as well, as his grandmother had a cottage near Mortimer’s Point. During his university days, hiking and canoeing excursions into Algonquin, Killarney and Lake Superior provincial parks instilled in him a love of the Ontario wilderness and fostered his interest in landscape painting.

Christopher has completed various credit courses at the The Ontario College of Art and studied figure drawing at Toronto’s Central Technical School. He completed a week-long painting course at The Okanagan Summer School Of The Arts and has also taken workshops offered through The Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.   

In 1980, Christopher and his wife Theresa left Ontario for northern B.C. to pursue their careers as secondary school teachers, landing in the Skeena Valley region (i.e. the totem pole country painted by Edwin Holgate, A. Y. Jackson and Emily Carr). Here, Christopher studied extensively with accomplished landscape painter David Nehring and credits working with him (sometimes on location on the Skeena River) as being critical to his technical development as an artist. In 1994, while residing in Hope, B.C., he took a one-year sabbatical from his position as teacher of secondary English and Art in order to focus on his own painting.  

At this time he also became an active member of The Federation Of Canadian Artists and had work accepted into several juried exhibits at The Federation Gallery in Vancouver.  He received an Honourable Mention for his oil painting “Winter Afterglow” in The FCA’s “Annual Winter Juried Exhibit” (1997).

Through exposure gained from FCA exhibits in the 1990's, Christopher was invited to be represented by Toronto’s Arcadia Gallery and began selling his work in the Ontario market.  While with Arcadia, he participated in the gallery’s group exhibits and eventually had a successful two-man show with fellow Arcadia artist, Paul Mantrop.  

Now retired from teaching, Christopher has returned to his home province of Ontario. The Crosgreys are thrilled to call Bracebridge their home, and Christopher now paints full-time.

The Framing Place & Gallery
33King William Street, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2L4

The Algonquin Art Centre
at km 20 on Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park



All artwork on this page is copyrighted by Christopher Crosgrey. 
It may not be copied or reproduced by any means or used without the expressed approval of Christopher Crosgrey.

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