About CHRISTOPHER SHOUST

 

I was born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1982. At a very early age, I began drawing and writing about what was around me. I pursued both rights through high school. I went to journalism school in Windsor, Ont. and started to get into painting. I was on the radio for a couple years but my first newspaper job landed me back in Sault Ste. Marie where I began writing my first novel The Beggar (published by Black Rose Writing). I wanted to pursue the direction of my artwork and moved out to Victoria, B.C. to escape the recession in the Sault. There I began my career as an artist but continued to write seriously and work in film. I moved a year and a half later to Saskatchewan to a writing position for two small newspapers. There I continued painting and soon graduated with a BFA back in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. In 2008, I formed a group of artists that travel around Northern Ontario on retreats to get back to nature. With Shelly Fletcher, others attended at their convenience to be inspired by nature around them. I currently have five books I am working on, that range from literary fiction, to non-fiction, to new journalism and dream journaling. I started teaching privately in 2010 and through The Canadian Mental Health Association where I began the Hope House School of Art.

I now have six short films; Victoria to Vancouver (2012), Skate Renegade (2013), Vortex: a silkscreening documentary (2013), America Dreamt (2014), Nude Pretending a Bear's Safe (2015) and Ripples (2015) and am now represented by Artailer for my flatwork.

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