|Christine E. Alfery Fine Art|
Pump House Gallery - Exhibition June-July 2013
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Mixed Aqueous Media on Paper 30x40
I have not painted this past winter much - this painting was my warm up work for a painting that followed it called "Fairy Houses In The Woods." I will post it next week but for now you can just click on the link above if you want to view it. I am so excited about a possible series of works here. When I was a child my mom and I used to go walking in the woods together. We would stop along the way and build a fairy house. What a wonderful thing this was for me - it was only the beginning of the wonderful things I have been able imagine. As an artist I believe it is my job to teach others how to imagine, to imagine the unimaginable and how to think differently. Christine
I generally do not approach a blank sheet of paper or canvas with a set notion of what my end result will be. I paint with a water based medium on canvas and paper. I paint with many different water based paints and use a very explosive gestural line in my work. I rarely use paint brushes and mainly paint with my hands. I have never forgot the wonder and textural feeling of finger painting in kindergarten If I were to place my work in a genre it would be contemporary expressionism as I have been deeply influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists. Hans Hofman, Mark Rothko, Elaine and William de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Twombly to name a few.
have developed a definite personal style and that style is what I bring
to a new work. My work has
been described as playful, spiritual and happy.
James Nelson from The
Birmingham News in Alabama stated in his review of a solo exhibition
I had at the Monty Stabler Gallery, that "
Carla O’Connor AWA-DF/NWS, juror for the Montana Watermedia 2012 Exhibition juror statement states that she “looks for imaginative, creative, and unusual concepts – works that demonstrate a willingness to take risks, works that challenge the viewer and works that come from the art of the artist. I consider stongk, deliberative composition, and a thorough knowledge of the purpose of the elements and principles of deign. Technical expertise is always a consideration but the desire to push beyond past successes is also very important. “Red Sumac In The Backyard” was accepted for the Montana Watermedia 2012 exhibition.
Professor of Art at Alverno College in
Gay Scheffen. News Of The North. Alfery does not possess the demons of her predecessors and, in fact, believes that her acrylic and watercolor paintings are divinely inspired. She says "there is something extremely beautiful and powerful within me that emerges when I paint."She embraces it and treasures it. Her art is more about the emotional experience than the physical reality.
Julie Ganzer. University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Through the artist’s use of line, texture and bright color, simple “organisms” almost literally bounce and wriggle through a watery patch of sea green, gold, brick red and murky violet. The visual play is very entertaining."