Delighted to have one of my large "Indian Squares" silkscreen prints selected for the Printmakers Council exhibition "COLOUR", to be held at the Royal Overseas League in London from 17th September - 6th December 2020.
DERBY PRINT OPEN, Virtual Exhibition, Award Winner
#43ARTISTS, On-line Exhibition, Cultivate Gallery, London
RGB, Espacio Gallery, London
ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR, Espacio Gallery, London
LAND SEA AND SKY, The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber
SOLO SHOW, The Old Fire Engine House, Ely, Cambs
EARTH TONES, Espacio Gallery, London
Vibrant, richly coloured and textured hand pulled silkscreen prints and paper collages, inspired by travel to India and Greece. Suitable for any contemporary environment.
Christine studied at Cambridge School of Art, followed by a Degree in Printed Textiles at Loughborough College of Art and Design. She has worked as a fabric designer and printer, and has taught on Foundation Courses throughout the country. Christine has exhibited widely and her work is in private collections in the UK and abroad. She exhibits regularly with Espacio Gallery in London, and is a member of the Printmakers Council. She has recently exhibited at the Virtual Derby Print Open, where she was an Award Winner.
"I work mainly through the media of silkscreen printing, creating richly coloured and textured small edition and unique (one off) prints and works on paper. My inspiration is derived from my travels, to countries as diverse as India and Greece. My prints and paper collages are not representations of places, but contain elements from observation mixed with my own responses and experiences.
India in particular has always fascinated me, and my travels around the vibrant desert state of Rajasthan, and to the sacred city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges, have given me endless ideas and inspiration. I look particularly for colours, shapes, symbols and textures – visual information that can be used in an abstract way. My “Indian Squares” series was initially inspired by the cities of Rajasthan: alleyways teeming with life and colour; glimpses of brilliantly coloured saris. I have expressed my impressions in abstract form, contrasting colour against colour.
Another inspiration is the Greek island of Andros, and one strand of my work explores in abstract form my responses to the island I have visited many times, and which for me is a very special place.
My work explores the interaction of abstract shapes and colour relationships, contrasting controlled, regular elements of structure with looser and more irrational mark making. Bold and expressive colour combinations and the visual effects of colours very close in tone have always excited me. I am fascinated by the ways in which colour can be used to define pictorial depth, to create mood and evoke emotion."
You can see more of my work on my website, www.christinecalow.co.uk
If you would like to arrange a visit to my studio in St. Albans during Open Studios please contact me.