Artist Profiles » Christine Tizard
”…the worn marble staircase in the Regent Theatre, Queen Street. This staircase carried me into the cinema, leading me from the street outside, in which I was a real person, myself, dissolving me even as I ascended its pearloid steps, into a place in which I could become any of a number of things; a beautiful woman, a great lover, an emperor, a beggar. I could become Japanese, Italian – even on occasions, if the film was old enough, American. I could be free.” Peter Wells
This is an exploration of the porosity of our imagination. The performance of our ordinary lives is tainted from the saturated world of visual phenomena we live in and affects us culturally, socially and privately. The research of Romanticism gives rise to typical words such as sentimental, wilful, intuitive and moody; this era was and still is, more a state of mind than a succinct movement.
With the interplay between paint and image, some cues are taken from the structure of Gothic Romantic literature where opposite elements create tensions between the terrains of dream and reality, realism and melodrama, structural formality and emotional chaos. Research has included images sourced from movies, historical and contemporary Romantic painters plus poets, musicians and writers; and the artist’s own childhood fairy tale connections.
Currently this exploration has two lines of work; figurative and abstract. By the very act of engaging images with paint, it is an exploration of knowing it is wrong, knowing its wrong…the paintings unfold until there is a satisfactory ‘finish.’
Christine lives on the North Shore in Auckland with her husband Ross. They have three sons, two of whom are in their twenties. “Music and creativity runs in the family; there is usually a guitar strumming, a song playing, a movie being animated or a design underway somewhere in our home.” She has just completed a Bachelor of Design (Honours) at Unitec.
1990/1994/2001 3x Telecom Art Awards finalist
2004 Solo Exhibition –“Alchemy”, Art of This World (Urbis magazine coverage)
2004 Sydney Affordable Art Show with Art of This World
2005 Combined Exhibition, Art of This World with James Lawrence
2005 Profiled in Foodtown Magazine
2005 Mazda Artworks at the Hilton, in association with Art Of This World
2005 Commissioned by Southern Cross Healthcare Quay Tower Auckland 7metre piece for corporate foyer space
2006 “Give & Take” tm Charity Auction for Auckland City Mission, Art Of This World
2006 Part time Massey University – Written Communication
2008 Featured in New Zealand’s Favourite Artists 2, edited by Denis Robinson
2008 Flat White Exhibition – Group Exhibition, Students Works at Unitec, Auckland
2009 G17, Te Karanga Gallery, Karangahape Rd, Auckland. Group Exhibition
2010 “Four Years Deep 2” The Lake House, Takapuna. Group Exhibition Unitec Graduates
2007 – 2010 Unitec. Bachelor of Design, Visual Communication (Honours)
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