Exhibition at Lakeshore Branch from January 11- February 28, 2019
My name is Christine Hickson. I reside in Innisfil, Ontario and I am passionate about the arts. I currently focus my artistic attention to photography, painting and collage. I have an Bachelor of Arts, with a Studio Art Major, from University of Guelph. I also developed my photography skills at a photography school in Germany (The University of the Nations).
What do I think art is all about? I think art is about beauty, experience and shifting perspectives. Art is at its best: creative expression.
About the Work
The pieces “Jungle Hunter” and “Jungle Prey” are from the series “Preconceptions”. I have never personally been to the jungle or seen a jaguar in its natural habitat, yet I have a conception of what it is like. My conception has been pieced together, like so many different things, from a wide array of references and media. In a postmodernist way it is a blending of “truths” or testimonies that cooks-up a skewed personal preconception that isn’t entirely unfamiliar.
To commemorate strength and leadership there is a tendency towards sculpting monuments of men. I wanted to paint a painting that made femininity monumental, thus the piece “Femininity”. For those with a curious disposition, the portrait features Constance Bennett, the highest paid actress from a bygone era.
Read Christine’s responses here to the Proust Questionnaire.
Exhibition at Town Hall from January 15 – February 28, 2019
Christina is a painter and sculptor with a studio in Cookstown Ontario. She has a BFA in Visual Arts from York University, and since the early 80’s has shown her work at numerous public and commercial galleries including Leo Kamen, Prime Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Lafreniere&Pai, and David Kaye Gallery. Her art is found in the collections of CIBC, Four Seasons Hotels, Labatt’s, Trimark, DFAIT, Canada Council Art Bank and many others. She teaches art to all ages at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie.
Christina’s paintings, sculpture and self-published picture books place the people and objects of ordinary life in a buoyant new world of her imagination. The Big Picture, a series of intimate still-life paintings shown at David Kaye Gallery in 2015, addressed life at age 60. Also at David Kaye, My Town (2011) and Return to Nancy Street (2013), which presented a theatrical view of village life. The Dog Show and Other Conversations (2016), an exhibition with Churchill sculptor Gail Esau, was at Double Door Gallery in Anten Mills.
In 2016 Christina was invited to join a group of aboriginal and non-aboriginal artists from Simcoe County for Call to Action #83, a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report on residential schools which calls for artists to work together to inspire acts of reconciliation.
Christina spent 8 years as principle set designer at South Simcoe Theatre, and for 9 years produced Four Play, an annual event that showcases new writing for the stage. She has spearheaded several community art projects in Cookstown.
The Big Picture
“The Big Picture” is a series of 18 intimate still life paintings made for an exhibition at the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto in 2015, that inventory life in my 60th year. In this selection of works for the Innisfil Town Hall, pills, lists, feet and getting up from the couch make the most urgent daily demands. What will all these little works say about where I’m at right now?
Read Christina’s responses here to the Proust Questionnaire.