Christine A. Allan
Simon Fraser University, 2002, Cert in Liberal Arts
Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver
"My paintings are an exploration as well as a reaction to what I read and to what I see. I am inspired by everything. Using a mix of mediums and materials, I explore the interaction of those mediums in colour and form. My studies in Art History, which focus primarily on the late 1800's to the mid 1900's are a huge inspiration. The teachings of Hans Hofmann, the work of Mark Rothko and Franz Kline are evident in some of my work. I work in layers and often rework or change pieces, which range from abstract to representational. At times there is a deeper meaning to the piece, in others I simply express what is in my head as a way to get out of my head. I feel a kinship to Picasso who said that his paintings begin as one thing and then end up as something else. I never want to be put in a box. If art is to come from the soul then I feel any style or medium should be explored and appreciated."
Canadian artist Christine A. Allan, originally from the prairie province of Manitoba, moved to the West Coast of Canada in the 60's. She has lived in a number of small communities in British Columbia, including a remote Native Community on the West Coast of Canada. Christine's British and Canadian roots have had a significant impact on her life and her work. Although she had used art to cope with an unstable life growing up, her later studies in Archaeology, Art History, and Fine Art led her to explore many forms of creative expression. Christine has been an exhibiting artist for over 15 years. Her work has been in the Salon des Independents in Paris (2015), the London Biennale (2015), in New York private galleries and in a museum exhibition in Japan. Christine has won awards for her art including an Award of Merit for her use of sfumato at the Chianciano Biennale (2013). She regularly donates from sales of her work to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting biodiversity, ocean conservation, wildlands conservation and climate change.
Besides rock crystal and other materials, only Swarovski Crystals are used in Christine's work to support the Swarovski Foundation and The Swarovski Waterschool. For more information on how Swarovski supports Culture and the Arts as well as their environmental initiatives please visit http://www.swarovskifoundation.org/culture/.