Christine has her studio at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, in the largest earth structure in the U.K, it is a stimulating and inspirational place to work.
‘Here I feel a strong physical and mental connection with the land and the elements, the present and the past. My paintings reflect the combination of thoughts – real and imaginary visions, conscious and subconscious, experience and memory and a balance between nature and human presence.
Often my thought process is triggered by something glimpsed out of context, sometimes perhaps mundane and overlooked but to me contains a wealth of visual information to be drawn upon. I find that listening to music and working on complementary pieces of work during the same time period helps to keep the mind open and spontaneous, maintaining an energy within the painting.
I work mostly in acrylics and powder pigments layering textures and coloured glazes, sometimes incorporating found items which hold some significance. I seldom work with any preconceived idea of a finished piece, preferring a freedom to intuitively explore form, colour and composition to create harmony and balance, allowing the materials and processes to reveal something that communicates a visual narrative with the observer.’
Christine Allen is an abstract artist who moved to Cornwall in 1985. Since then she has involved herself in a variety of creative fields, utilizing the skills gained from teacher training at Brighton College in the 70's, running art workshops and courses, working with both children and adults.
She formed her own company in 1989, which she ran for 10 years as a freelance Decorative Painter and Commercial Interior designer creating, from personalised hand painted designs on children’s furniture, to trompe l’oeil murals, and skilled paint effects in both the domestic and commercial market.
Christine also worked with victims of strokes and other disabilities, and whilst starting an Art Therapy course in 2000 suddenly her own creativity became unlocked and a need to paint and express visually, thoughts, feelings and imaginings that lay filed away in her head was paramount. She became a full time artist and a long-standing co-owner of a successful Gallery in St Ives in 2001-2009.
She has commissioned work on permanent exhibition in The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth and The Hotel Penzance.
She has been exhibiting regularly in both mixed and solo shows since 1995 and as founder of Out of Place Art she curates exhibitions to showcase artists work for various venues.
Christine has work in collections throughout the UK, Holland, Australia, Germany and USA.
In 2011, Christine was asked for permission by Hart Publications to use one of her images, ‘Ordered Energy Blue series 1’ to be the cover for a new book, ‘The Politics of International Law’ which is now circulated world wide.
Artists will learn basic fine art archive and conservation techniques and how to tailor presentation and archive methods to their specific needs. This will include good hinging and display methods as well as options in framing and mounting, things to avoid, and how to make archival presentation boxes and folders for portfolio and archive.
There will be valuable tips on archiving, presentation and general care in looking after artwork in storage, when transporting and when exhibiting. Artists will identify preferred storage and presentation methods for their artwork and create their own presentation and archive box.
Date: 21st June 2013
Cost: £30 (including £15 non refundable booking fee)
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
To book, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Skills, Krowji, West Park, Redruth, TR15 3AJ. Tel:01209 312501
The development of the Creative Community has been supported by Cornwall Council