about christian azolan
Hailing from the small Indian Ocean island Mahe in the Seychelles, Christian is a visual artist who specialises in digital, abstract and low-high polygon art.
He is known for his ability to capture simple yet beautiful detail in digital forms that push boundaries to merge drawing and illustration into a new visual art form.
Christian was educated in the UK and calls London home. After completing a degree in fashion design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, he worked in the fashion world for several years before he entered the corporate arena, working for a series of large global companies as a brand marketer and content specialist.
At the start of the UK pandemic lockdown when the world was thrown into disarray and confusion, Christian decided to take the leap and pursue a full-time career creating and telling visual stories and ideas through his art.
Christian's art is heavily influenced by the complex mesh of 3D, line drawing, bright colours, and digital tonal matching. His current work is inspired by people, environments and nature and his series titled 'The Birds' released in October 2020 plays on the themes of freedom, fantasy and escapism in flight, against the backdrop of the ongoing global pandemic and lockdown measures.
'There have been times in my life where I wish I had the wings so I could fly away, and flow with the ever-changing wind to a new destination and live out new adventures.'
His 'Light Fantastica' series is about the power and beauty of illumination and ‘A Loyal Heart’ from his debut print series titled 'Matters of the Heart' is one of his most successful artwork to date. This print is one of his best selling limited edition prints and is about love, friendship and trust.
He has also added 4 new artworks to the series while being inspired by seaside towns and fishing villages on the Cornish coast. His most popular abstract prints from the new series include Padstow, St Ives, Night Lights, and Stars.
His 2021 art series ‘Genesis' is an abstract series that's inspired by the light of a new day, and the creation of a new world.
As we look forward, we have to take full control of our destiny, what do you want to see, feel and hear ?
'Genesis is about optimism, positivity, perseverance and the part we will all play in the 'new normal'. I want art to heal and the viewer to envision new possibilities, a new future, while evoking new emotions.'
Breaking with tradition these artworks do not have a ‘right way up’, and with no identifiable marks on the prints, the collector is forced to participate and take control of how they want to view the artworks and interact with them in their personal space.
His first original mini series of mixed media collage, 'San Francisco' comprise of 8 gilded collage artworks that have been created using a 19 year old map that he used when he lived in the Californian city back in 2002.
'These artworks are just as much about the city as they are about me and what I discovered about myself while living 5,000 miles away from London at the age of 19'
All of Christian’s limited edition prints are printed in London on the finest Giclée Hahnemühle Bamboo or Photorag Fine Art papers. His professional art prints are made using the very best high definition equipment and finest materials, all overseen by master printers. Every print comes with a certificate of authenticity, signature, hologram and print edition number.
Christian has joined the artist collective at Stewkley House Artist Studios in Perivale, Ealing where he has his own open art studio and is working on his first original series called 'Little Black Girls', where his experimenting with painting and gilding on photography, due to be released in Oct 2021.
Christian has been featured in national, local, business news publications like the The Times, The Metro, Channel 4, BBC, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, The Independent, Mail Online, The Sun, Evening Standard, Business Daily and Reuters International.
In addition to his website, his limited edition artwork are available on Saatchi Art, Handmade on Amazon, Wayfair UK and Germany, Simply Noir, Curated Crowd and Roe River.
Christian is currently doing his Masters of Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and will be on display at Ice Gallery Windsor.
'I believe that we should always be looking closer at our surroundings to really see them, things are far more complex and complicated than we could ever imagine.'