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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Artwork and Design For 4-4-43


I recently had the pleasure of creating the artwork and design for the movie 4-4-43. The film, directed and produced by John D . Lukacs, will be featured in the 2014 GI Film Festival. The screening is scheduled for the Old Town Theater, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, May 25, at 5 p.m.

In addition to the artwork and design, I also created a special logo for the Mission Of Honor. The hope of this mission is to see Col. Ed Dyess finally receive the Medal Of Honor. After seeing the film, I believe that many will feel that this is long overdue. Hopefully the logo will assist in this noble pursuit.

Shot in HD in both the U.S. and the Philippines, 4-4-43 features vintage WWII media, captured enemy combat footage, interviews with surviving veterans and noted historians and the narrative talents of Hollywood actor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dale Dye (Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers) as well as “The Voice of the Oscars,” Tom Kane, as Ed Dyess.

A is a brief synopsis of the film: On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners-of-war and two Filipino convicts broke out of an escape-proof Imperial Japanese Army prison plantation in the Philippines. The secret that they carried out with them would shock the world. Called the “Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific” by the U.S. War Department in 1944, the full, uncensored true action adventure tale has been lost to history for nearly seven decades – until now.

* Here is a link to view the trailer for 4-4-43:.  http://gifilmfestival.com/portfolios/4-4-43/*

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 41st Hoyt Regional Exhibition


My image, The Wise Ones was chosen for inclusion in The Hoyt Center For The Arts 41st Regional Exhibition. The Juror for the show is Dr. Louis A. Zona, Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Butler Institute Of American Art in Youngstown, OH. The chosen image is very special to me. My wife and I were on a photo adventure on the desert side of the island of Aruba. While exploring old ruins and natural pools we came across a strange site. Thousands upon thousands of carefully stacked stones for miles as far as the eye could see. It was a breathtaking site to behold. How did these tiny structures come to be? After questioning a local guide about these strange rock formations, we soon realized that they were created by travelers who stack the stones and make wishes that often come true. Some, he said believe they are fertility stones and when they are stacked with your partner a wish is made for a baby to be born. With the opportunity in front of us we decided to play along and to our great joy months later our son Isaac was born.  In thinking of this happy moment I thought it would only be appropriate to create an image that would preserve the magic of that moment and build upon this idea for my son to enjoy.  In the image The Wise Ones, I tried to evoke the feeling that the stones held great power, almost alive with wisdom or the knowledge of things to come. The beauty of the stars and sea cradling them in a salty breeze, all the while the jellyfish, like messengers rub up against the stones, receive the wishes and carry them to heaven.  Well, that’s the way I saw it.


* Please click the link to explore this image in detail.
http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Photographic-Elaborations/The-Wise-Ones *
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The New Collective


My work, Loss Of Freedom will be on display  at The Pittsburgh Center For The Arts through January 19, 2014. The piece is part of an exhibition titled "The New Collective". The show was curated by: Petra Fallaux, Creative Director for Springboard Design; Renee Stout, internationally known multi‐media artist; and Bill Horrigan, Curator‐at‐Large for the the Wexner Center and  a previous member of the three‐ person Advisory Team for the Whitney Museum’s 2008 Biennial Exhibition. “The New Collective” provides the opportunity for the Guilds of Pittsburgh to work in unity creating an exhibition that defines a new era. Works were chosen from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Group A, Pittsburgh Print Group, Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Society of Sculptors, and Women of Visions, Inc. Don't miss this unique exhibition. With such a vast array of  talent, It is sure to have something for everyone.




* Please click the link to explore this image in detail.
http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Digital-Paintings/Loss-Of-Freedom *

Loss Of Freedom artist statement:
Throughout the world there are many places where acts of war and violence are a common sight. A tank rolling down the street is a normal occurrence. Americans have the luxury of pretending these places merely exist on our televisions. The artist forces us to experience the terror of war by placing elements of panic and destruction into our own neighborhood. The work was inspired by images of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The artist asks, in an age of greed, terrorism, and moral ignorance, will we be able to prevent a complete and total loss of freedom?
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

PSA Annual 2013 at Father Ryan Arts Center


Two of my works have been chosen for inclusion in the Pittsburgh Society Of Artists 2013 Annual. The Juror for the show was William DeBernardi, Associate Professor in the Art Department of Carlow University. The two works chosen are The Highway and The Wind And The Sun.  This year's annual is at The Father Ryan Arts Center and will be on display through Nov 29th. I am very happy to be showing my work amongst such a talented group.  Here is the list of participating artists: Tom Aul, Ruthanne Bauerle, Gail Beem, Paul Bolio, Alan Byrne, Robert Chlosta, Susan Corry, Dorothy de Groat, Alexis Dillon, Jennifer Dinovitz, Marvin Fields, Gerry Florida, Frank Floyd Hightower, Kathleen Frost, Christopher Galiyas, Leo Goode, James Guentner, Mayota Hill, Martha Hopkins Skarlinski, Mary Jane Hadley, Becky Keck, Yelena Kukharenko, Paul McMillan, Christopher O'Connell, Marian Phillips, Carolyn Pierotti, Bernie Pintar, Edward Plachecki, Jack Puglisi, Holly Pultz, Dafna Rehavia, Nicole Renee Ryan, Martha Ressler, Christopher Ruane, Cristina Saucedo (aka Pastilla.CCSG), Rochel Schiffrin, Dale Schmitt, Nina Sowiski, David Sparks, Susan Sparks, Dirk VandenBerg, Francine VandenBerg, BJ Wettach, and Kathleen Zimbicki.


* Please click the link to explore this image in detail.
http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Digital-Paintings/The-Wind-And-The-Sun *



* Please click the link to explore this image in detail.
http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Digital-Paintings/The-Highway *

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Award Of  Excellence


Christopher just received The Award Of Excellence from Xavier University for his work in their October Faith Exhibition. His image was chosen by President Reverend Michael J. Graham, S.J. for purchase and is now a part of their permanent collection on display in their Justice Department.


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sacred Art Modern World


Thank you to all of the people at the ELPC in Pittsburgh for hosting my solo exhibition Sacred Art  Modern World. The venue was an absolutely beautiful space and Dr. Bush and all of the people who work and worship there really made it a great show.  Here are some images from the exhibition and artist talk.





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Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Image In Search Of  Wins 1st Place Award In International Competition


If you are in the New York area be sure to check out this show before it closes.   The New York Center For Photographic Arts is hosting an exhibition of 90 international artists at the Soho Gallery For Digital Art. My image In Search of received a 1st place award and will be on display for the duration of the show. The juror for this event is brilliant punk fashion photographer  Ellen Denuto.  Here is a list of participating artists: Michael Knapstein, Francisco Diaz, Brett Erickson, DeEtte Viterbo, Tony Hertz,Angie McMonigal, Dianne Yudelson, John Atchley, Roberta Murray, Tore Terrasi, Jim Johnston, Peter Maeck, Jody Miller, Jason Knapp Tokio Kuniyoshi, Nataly Rader, Andy Berner, Steve Bromberg, Clara Mata,Trish Woodford, Adele Epstein, Terry Berenson, Christopher Ruane, Judi Altman, Elizabeth Currier, Jen Drociak, Frank Cusack, Connie Frisbee Houde and Marko Kalfa.


* Please click the link to explore this image in detail. http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Digital-Paintings/In-Search-Of *
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Friday, August 23, 2013

16th Annual Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street




Come visit me this weekend at the Shadyside Art Festival, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.  I will be at booth 98 in close proximity to the Apple store on Walnut Street.  I will have over 40 framed pieces, limited editions and small open edition prints for sale.  Come say hello and pick out a work of art you will treasure for years to come.
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Friday, August 23, 2013

Xavier University Multicultural Expressions Of Faith


Two of my works have been chosen for the Multicultural Expressions Of Faith Exhibition at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Jurors for the exhibition were, Jane A. Black, Associate Director at The Dayton Art Institute, Bobby Scroggins, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, and Kristin L. Spangenberg, Curator of Prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Artists submitted original works of art in all mediums – painting, sculpture, ceramics, fibers, printmaking, photography, graphic design, and mixed-media – reflecting diverse expressions of faith, spirituality and devotion. The exhibit is endowed by a grant from the Xavier University Women of Excellence. Gallery hours are 10:00am-4:00 pm Monday-Friday and by appointment. The opening reception will be held on Friday August 23rd 6pm-8pm.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Catholic News Service


Catholic News Service has picked up Elizabeth Fazzinni's story about my work. CNS reports National and International news  which affects Catholics in their everyday lives and collaborates with other Catholic journalists in United States diocesan newspapers and with others around the world.  With the help of a major news hub like CNS many more people will get to enjoy and share my work and it's meaning. NWI Catholic, another National and world news service has already picked up the story from CNS and hopefully others will do so as well. Be sure to check out the articles via the links below.
*http://nwicatholic.com/index.php/2011-10-28-15-56-25/national/1543-combines-faith
*http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20130807.htm
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