Christine Lawrence - Artist - Paintings - DrawingsChristine’s pursuit as a realist painter began at an early age and carried through her 18 year long career as a Fine Art teacher, making sure she always found time for her own artwork. Christine Lawrence sees the beauty in an every day view, and uses her landscape subjects to explore and reveal the ever changing light, colour, form and texture of our natural world. Her paintings provide a window for contemplation. Since her move to Wanarra Station in 2016, Christine Lawrence has been fascinated by the many Kangaroos who seek sanctuary there, resulting in a series of charcoal drawings depicting their individual characters.
About Christine LawrenceChristine Lawrence was born in Adelaide South Australia in 1951 and was encouraged to pursue her interest in art from an early age. She studied at the South Australian School of Art and Western Teachers College, obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Secondary Teaching, Fine Art. Geoff Wilson, South Australian landscape painter and lecturer in painting and design became a great inspiration in his approach to colour, composition and methods for analysing and representing the visual world. During 11 years as a Visual Arts teacher in secondary schools Christine always made time for her artwork. The River Torrens, Adelaide Botanical Gardens and landscapes of the Fleurieu Peninsular provided an array of subject matter for large realistic paintings. In 1984 she began painting fulltime and took part in numerous painting trips to outback stations, Wirrealpa, Martins Well and Gum Creek in the Flinders Ranges, Siam in the Gawler Ranges and the historical property of Murnal in Victoria. The opportunity to work in the landscape with other artists including David Dridan, Geoff Wilson, Silvio Apponyi, Brian Seidel, Brian Dunlop, Penny Dowie, Rod Schubert, Jim Ingolby, Geoff Weaver and Barry Humphries was invaluable making for many memorable and inspiring times. During these years the Strout Farm group was formed. Dave Dallwitz, Hugo Shaw, David Dridan, Geoff Wilson, Lesley Redgate and Christine met at Strout Farm near Willunga S.A. on a weekly basis for days of en plein air painting, shared lunches and lots of fun. In 1997 Christine returned to teaching Visual Arts at Gilles Street Primary School. 17 reception to year 7 classes a week involving both mainstream and newly arrived students form over 40 different cultural groups meant for busy times. She organized several murals at the school, the largest 38 meters x 5.6 meters depicted different regions of the Australian landscape and included between 60 and 70 birds animals and reptiles. School holidays were used to complete many commissioned works for both corporate and private collections.
Wanarra StationIn 2016 Christine moved to Wanarra Station in the Central West of Western Australia where she is able to focus on her artwork. The amazingly varied landscape, plant forms and wild life provide an endless source of inspiration. Vast spaces, rugged granite outcrops, huge salt lakes, Acacia scrub, ancient York Gums, massive Salmon Gums, and carpets of wild flowers in spring. The natural scrub provides a home for hundreds of birds including red tailed black cockatoos, ring necked parrots, rainbow bee eaters, mulga parrots, galahs, honey eaters and red capped robins that fill the air with song and flashes of colour. Neighbouring farmlands are in stark contrast with great stretches of cropped land, bordered by regular lines of trees. Overarching it all is the amazing, uninterrupted view of the sky, the weather, the atmospheric effects. Wanarra provides a sanctuary for Kangaroos, many rescued by the Midwest Marsupial Carers of Geraldton. They are fascinating, unique, gentle animals so well adapted to this harsh and extreme environment. Each demanding a portrait and resulting in a recent series of charcoal drawings.
Christine Lawrence Artist StatementI have always been a realist, drawn to the magical illusions that can be created on the surface of the picture plain. Any subject can be a vehicle to study light, colour, form, space… Reality.
- Reality observed
- Reality remembered
- Reality recreated.
- Every day brings a myriad of visual gifts. Light playing on subjects, reflected or translucent, revealing the amazing forms and details of our world.
- I aim to capture the essence of that which has inspired me in the complexity and beauty of the natural world:
- From the vast spaces of the landscape to the colours, textures and details of the leaf litter.
- From the constantly changing beauty and atmospheric effects of the sky to the patterns shapes and colours of reflections.
- From the majestic structure and form of a tree to a simple still life.
- Always striving to find new ways to improve my skills of observation, analysis and representation of my subjects.
- Providing a window for contemplation.
- 1951 Born in Adelaide, South Australia
Studies & Professional Experience
- 1969-72 Advanced Diploma in Secondary Teaching- Fine Art, Torrens college of Advanced Education and The South Australian School of Art.
- 1973-84 Taught Visual Arts in South Australian secondary schools.
- 1974 Taught painting at the Department of Further Education.
- 1984 Began working full time as a painter.
- 1991 Commissioned as one of 7 S.A. artists to create 2 landscape paintings for the Australis Centre, Adelaide, South Australia
- 1993 Commissioned to create a painting for the State Bank of South Australia Tourism Awards Poster.
- Paintings chosen and commissioned for wine labels for Odd Bins winery Sydney.
- 1993 Taught Summer Landscape Painting class, Adelaide Central School of Art
- 1993-94 Judging-Thomas Laird Memorial Travelling Art study Award.
- 1994 Judging Lobethal Art Show.
- 1995 Judging Glenelg Apex Art Show
- 1989-2015 Numerous painting trips to the Flinders Ranges, Gawler Ranges and Victoria with groups of artists including David Dridan, Geoff Wilson, Silvio Apponyi and Brian Seidel
- 1997-2015 Visual Arts Teacher, Gilles Street Primary School. Created large Landscape mural, 38 metres x 5.6 metres and a variety of smaller murals with students. Commissioned to create 2 murals at Sturt Street Primary School.
- 2016 Moved to Wanarra Station, Western Australia and resumed painting full time
- 2017 Invited to open and speak at the Dalwallinu Arts Festival as the featured artist.
Notable placements of paintings
- Australian embassies in The Hague, Beijing, Dar-es-Salam and Ankara.
- Australian Mission to the United Nations, Geneva.
- Australian consulate, Honolulu. Prime Minister’s Office-Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
- Department of trade, Melbourne.
- Australian Wheat Board, Melbourne.
- Michell Endowment, Victorian National Gallery.
- Artbank, Sydney.
- State Bank of South Australia.
- AMP Society, Adelaide.
- Western farmers, Perth.
- SGIC, Adelaide
- Mayne Nickless, Melbourne and London
- Dridan Fine Arts, South Australia
- Ayers Finess, Adelaide and Sydney
- IEL, Sydney
- Clarke and Kann Solicitors, Brisbane.
- Grange trust, Adelaide
- Hardy Wine Company, Padthaway, South Australia.
- Beneficial finance corporation, South Australia
- Australis Centre, South Australia.
- In Australia, England, Holland, Sweden and the United States of America
- 2015 “South Australian Living Artists Festival”. Hugo Winery, McLaren Flat, South Australia
- 1996 Dridan Fine Art, McLaren Vale, South Australia.
- 1994 The Barn, Adelaide Festival of Arts, McLaren Vale, South Australia
- 1988 “ Adelaide festival of Arts”, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, South Australia
- 1988 Greenhill Galleries, Perth, Western Australia.
- 1981 Contemporary Art Society of South Australia
- 1979 Avenel bee Gallery, Stirling, South Australia.
- “The Big Landscape” - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, South Australia
- “North Midlands Agricultural Society Art exhibition” Carnamah, Western Australia.
- Winner of the Art Excellence Award.
- Winner of the Agricultural Art Award
- Dalwallinu Arts Festival” featured Artist
- “The Horse in Art”- Dridan Fine Arts, McLaren Vale
- Hill-Smith Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide
- Barry Newton Gallery, Unley, South Australia
- Scotch College Fine Art exhibition, South Australia
- Woodstock Easter Art exhibition.
- Dridan Fine Arts- Incorporating Fleurieu Showcase, McLaren vale, S.A.
- Stafford Studios Perth, Western Australia
- “The Strout Road Experience’ Dridan Fine Arts, McLaren Vale, S.A.
- “The 10” x 8” Christmas Exhibition” Dridan fine Arts, McLaren Vale, S.A
- Christmas Exhibition, The Barn, McLaren Vale, S.A.
- Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, S.A.
- Stafford Studios, Perth, W.A.
- Scotch College fine Art exhibition, Adelaide S.A.
- Easter Art Exhibition, Woodstock Winery, McLaren Flat, S.A. "
- Vines and Vales” Wirra Wirra Winery, McLaren Vale, S.A.
- Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, S.A.
- Barry Newton Christmas Exhibition, Adelaide, S.A.
- Stafford Studios, Perth, W.A.
- “The 80’s…Our Decade in Review”, Greenhill galleries Adelaide, S.A.
- Easter Art Exhibition, Woodstock Winery, McLaren flat, S.A.
- “For Rooms Without a View”, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, S.A.
- Christmas exhibition, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, S.A.
- “Personal Visions”, Royal South Australian Society for the Arts, Adelaide.
- “Shanghai Chinese Art Institute Exhibition”, The Jam Factory, Adelaide, S.A.
- “Agean Series No. 2”, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide, S.A.
- “StillLife in the 80’s”, Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide,S.A.
- “The Vision Splendid”, R.S.A.S.A., Adelaide, S.A.
- Corporate Art Exhibition, R.S.A.S.A., Adelaide, S.A.
- ”10 south Australian painters “, R.S.A.S.A., Adelaide, S.A.
- Powell Street Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
- “Various Images” Royal Melbourne institute of Technology, Victoria
- “The Real Thing” Contemporary Art Society of South Australia.
- Contemporary art Society of South Australia
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