Christine Calow

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ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

“I work mainly through the media of silkscreen printing, creating richly coloured and textured small edition and unique 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. 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. The process of silkscreen printing gives me the freedom to experiment with vibrant colour combinations and textures. I begin by printing areas of flat colour and then superimpose layers of textures and coloured marks. 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.”

 

Winner of the Air Arts Award (2020)

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SELECTED PRINTS

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Large Indian Squares No.1

by Christine Calow

Screen print on Canaletto Grossa Bianco

AWARD WINNER

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Small Indian Squares No.2

by Christine Calow

Screen print on Canaletto Grossa Bianco