‘Living Paintings’ as performance art and theatre.

This was a specialisation in the work of Chris Channing for a decade or so.
(Similar to the work of Cindy Sherman but performed live and in movement.)

This ‘Living Paintings’ or “Quadri Vivi” performance was unique in Europe.

– Vincent van Gogh: ‘Self-Portrait’
– Vincent van Gogh: ‘Portrait of the postman of Arles, Monsieur Roulin’
– Pablo Picasso: ‘Harlequin au Bar Lapin Agile’
– René Magritte: Son of Man
– Leonardo da Vinci: ‘The Girl with the Ermine’
(commissioned by actor Ottavia Piccolo for a private performance).
Four commissions from RAI Television.
– Georges Braque:   “Portrait of a man”
– Toulouse-Lautrec: ‘Portrait of William Warrener’
– Henri Matisse: Portrait of Madame Matisse
– Caravaggio: Bacchus Unwell

They were seen in ‘theatrical’ or salon settings for a seated and silent audience, at private events in galleries and museums and at theatre and music festivals.
The frame and tableau would be unveiled and a performance would follow.
30 minutes of silent physical 3-dimensional drama like an extended operatic aria:
i.e. one emotional situation or thought … drawn out, ‘amplified’ and ‘treated’.

Seen at The Louvre in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in Bologna, The da Vinci Science Museum in Milan, etc),
at events such as the United Nations Climate Summit, and over 50 guest appearances on Italian television.


–  The ‘Mona Lisa Man’,  a physical comedy act.