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Heather Christie

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Degree: Fine Art
University: University of Gloucestershire
Graduation Year: 2020

New Blood Art Statement

Heather Christie paints landscapes in an extraordinary sense – using the memory of illustrious geographies, such as Bali, to guide her intuitive abstractions. Her work interrogates the relationship between memory and painting, aiming to work up feelings of awe using only the remnants of past experience, and the humble medium of oil paint. The resulting pieces evoke a drama that is hard to place, with splashes of pink and buttery yellows that freely emerge from inky backgrounds. Christie further draws inspiration from a variety of sources, from the German Romanticism of the 19th century, to the in-situ immersive paintwork of the contemporary artist Katherina Grosse. With each piece Christie pushes how loosed from realism and literal forms a landscape can go.

Artist Statement

I like to paint intuitively; using my senses, feelings, and memories as guidance. Therefore, my view of art has always been rather Romantic; a personal form of expression. My practice began with a passion for studying landscape painting. I have researched Romantic artists such as Friedrich, Cole, and Bierstadt; through to contemporary artists today, such as Rebecca Partridge and Hannah Brown. Though hundreds of years separates them in style and context, their aims are the same: to understand what it means to be human in the context of nature.

In the summer of second year I was fortunate enough to have won a travel bursary to visit Bali to collect as much visual inspiration as possible for my practice. It was not long after that I discovered the German artist, Katharina Grosse, and decided that instead of making landscape paintings, I would create abstract landscapes of paint, inspired by Bali’s energy, colour, and vibrancy. My final semester of work aims to deconstruct my memories of Bali’s landscape, by painting only the most vivid aspects, such as how I felt; the colours, sounds, textures etc. and in doing so, I would study the relationship between memory and painting. I want to see if this new way of painting a landscape can be just as monumental as the Romantic Period. I want to know if it is possible for the viewer to feel the same sense of awe and wonder; to visualise what I saw, without me having to paint it literally.

Group Exhibitions

2019, Anti-Mono, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham
2018, Where is God in the 21st Century?, Gallery@Oxo, London
2018, Strike: Site, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham
2018, Curiosity in Art, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

Original works:

Forest

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

£175

Enlightenment

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

£200

Scuba Dive

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

£175

Embodied Flow

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

£175

Baby Bintang

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

£175

Sold Artworks:

Octave Peaks

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

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Blue Flame

By Heather Christie

2020 Graduate

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