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Born in 1989, Christie lives and practices in Adelaide. The self-taught artist has had 12 solo exhibitions since 2010 and has been a part of over 100 group exhibitions. Christie has been a finalist in the Waterhouse Art Prize, Parklands Art Prize, Lethbridge 10000 and the BSG Small Scale Prize to name a few. In 2015 he was nominated for the Channel 9 Young Achiever Arts Award and this year became the winner of the prestigious award.

Christie’s work can be seen as very witty and nostalgic. Seemingly simple at first, the more you look; the more there is to see. His work is primarily focused on the streets and landmarks of his hometown of Adelaide. Capturing familiar yet vacant scenes of his humble city, he allows the viewers to place themselves into the setting and lets them recall a fond memory of a simpler time. Encouraging you to stop and smell the roses… “I so frequently find myself standing still and appreciating things that people take for granted in life. I like to focus on the human interaction (or lack there of) with these things. This outlook makes me an avid admirer of people, architecture and urban landscapes in particular. The majority of my pieces are very vacant scenes with no sign of people, this leaves it up to the viewer to make their own interpretation of the image. Many of my paintings invoke a sense of belonging and you can place yourself in the picture and remember a time when…”

Education

Awards

2017
Emma Hack Art Prize (Finalist)
Bluethumb Art Prize (Finalist)

2016
Young Achiever of the Year Arts Category (Winner)
Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (2D Category Winner)
Coonawarra Art Prize (Finalist)
Gallery One Art Prize (Finalist)

2015
Kym Bonython Encouragement Award (Winner)
City of Unley Studies of Urban Life Award (Winner)
Art Images Exhibit Award (Winner)
Prospect Portrait Prize (Finalist)
Emma Hack Art Prize (Finalist)
Hawkesbury Art Prize (Finalist)
King of Canvas (Highly Commended)

2014
The Waterhouse Art Prize (Finalist)
Lethbridge 10000 (Finalist)
Parklands Art Prize (Finalist)
Port Adelaide Art Prize (Peoples Choice)

2013
SALA Statewide Artist of the year (Winner)
Adelaide Review Artist Cover (Finalist)
King of Canvas (Finalist)

2012
BSG Small Scale Art Prize (Finalist)
Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (Finalist)
Rip It Up Youth Award (Finalist)

2011
Rip It Up Youth Award (Finalist)
King of Canvas (Finalist) 2010
Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (Finalist)
SALA Youth Arts Prize (Runner Up)
Flagstaff Rotary Art Show (Highly Commended)

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions //

2015 – ‘Frontin’ / The Space Gallery
2014 – ‘Another Block Episode’ / Soundpond Gallery
2013 – ‘Street Struck’ / Carclew Arts Centre
2012 – ‘Surface’ / Onkaparanga Arts Centre
2012 – ‘Artillery’ / Brown Sugar Gallery
2011 – ‘These Streets Raised Me’ / Gallery on Waymouth
2010 – ‘Urban Streetscapes’ / Greenhill Galleries
2010 – ‘A Treat From The Street’ / The Producers

Selected Group Exhibitions //

2016
Mitcham Art Prize / Gallery One
Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
Coonawarra Art Prize / Penola Gallery

2015
Christmas Exhibit / Art Images Gallery
Emma Hack Art Prize / Adelaide Convention Centre
‘40x40x40’ / Brunswick Street Gallery (Melb)
Prospect Portrait Prize / Prospect Gallery
Spring ART / Loreto College
Royal Adelaide Art Prize / Wayville Showgrounds
Frog Cakes / SAHMRI / Light Square Gallery
King of Canvas / Onkaparinga Arts Centre
Cranium / M2 Gallery (Sydney)

2014
Waterhouse Art Prize / SA Museum
GuitarART Prize / Adelaide Festival Centre
Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts

2013
‘40x40x40’ / Brunswick Street Gallery (Melb)
Salon Hang / Rosemont Estate Cellar Door
Parklands Art Prize / Adelaide Festival Centre
King of Canvas / Onkaparinga Arts Centre

2012
A Curious Creature / Urban Cow Studio
Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
This is it! / These Walls Dont Lie Gallery
Bike Art Adelaide / Juxtapose Studios
6 Years Later Magazine Launch / No Vacancy (Melb)

2011
RSASA Still Alive / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
Mental Health Week / Adelaide Town Hall
Uchiwa Fan Exhibition / Espionage Gallery
Acry-Licks / Bunka Adelaide

Influences

My objective is to immortalise this period of time, documenting the scenes of Adelaide in this day and age as we are on the verge of a dying era. Each picture I paint has a connection to me, even if only subtle; I am placing a piece of me into each painting. If you follow this series and where I plan to take it, you will notice a subliminal autobiography throughout if you put the jigsaw of images together. Each painting has a personal story attached; I have been a part of the scene in which I am documenting. I choose to leave the paintings vacant of people and life, not only to give the air that something has or is about to go down, but to also allow the viewer to place themselves in the setting and recreate their own memory or narrative.

When it comes to selecting which images to paint, it comes down to a range of things that I look for. The more unusual the better, as we are entering a Lego land era, I look for anything that stands out. I love architecture from several periods but what I choose to capture are the ones that are often overlooked, such as the tacky 70s designs. Another aspect that I am fascinated with is the signage; I have always been an admirer of typography and advertising. I find it intriguing, the influences in design and construction of this decade and elect put them on show.

120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Oil on Linen
$5,000
40cm (W) x 30cm (H)
Oil on Linen (Framed)
$1,000
50cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Watercolour on Paper (Framed)
$700
90cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on Linen
$3,900
120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Oil on Linen
$5,000
120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Oil on Linen
$5,000
65cm (W) x 80cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
$3,500
60cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Watercolour on Paper (Framed)
$700
60cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Watercolour on Paper (Framed)
$700
60cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Watercolour on Paper (Framed)
$700
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