Robert Christie   Five Years

October 2, 1982 - October 30, 1982

This exhibition of thirteen paintings by Saskatchewan artist Robert Christie traces his development as a painter over the past five years. Christie’s interests deal with the formal concerns of painting – colour and figure/ground relationships. His working methods and regard for materials have influenced his style. Frequent association with visiting artists at the Emma Lake workshops exposed him to major international trends. Christie has managed to assimilate these influences and integrate them with his own approach to create highly personal works. Even though we see his awareness of Olitski and Bush in the paintings, it is Christie’s own unique vocabulary that speaks to us.

Christie was born in Saskatchewan in 1946. His schooling and professional activities deepened his association with that region. Today he has emerged as one of the leading figures of the contemporary Saskatchewan art scene.
Ron Carpenter, curator of the exhibition remarked in his catalogue essay:

However much the look of his art may seem to have changed over the course of the last five years, there is something constant behind it – not only a set of painting issues but also the character of Robert Christie.

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