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…”