Artist Statement CHRISTINE CALOW
Born in Cambridgeshire, Christine creates richly coloured and textured hand pulled limited edition silkscreen prints and paper collages. She completed her Foundation Course at Cambridge School of Art, where she was chosen by Edward Bawden to receive the annual Printmaking Travel Award. Her love of screenprinting was ignited during her Degree Course in Printed Textiles at Loughborough College of Art.
Christine has worked as a fabric designer and printer and has also taught on various Foundation Courses. She has exhibited in both group and solo shows for a number of years.“Bold and expressive colour combinations have always excited me. I am fascinated by the ways in which colour can be used to define pictorial depth, to create mood and to evoke emotion.
My work explores the interaction of abstract shapes and colour relationships, contrasting controlled, regular elements of structure with looser and more irrational mark making. My inspiration is derived from my travels, to countries as diverse as India and Greece. My prints and collages are not representations of places, but contain elements from observation mixed with my own personal responses.
Having been trained in textiles, experimentation with colour, shape and texture is something which comes naturally. My work often combines print and collage, and also often includes the use of text.
Screenprinting allows me to experiment with vibrant colour combinations and textures, and my collages are assembled using fragments of my own prints. I begin by printing areas of flat colour, and then superimpose layers of textures and coloured marks to create dynamic surfaces.”
Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions CHRISTINE CALOW
2012 - Frameworks, Cottenham, Cambridge
2012 - Needhams RestaurantandArt Gallery, Witchford, Ely
2005 - Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth
2005 - Courtyard Gallery, Hertford
2002 - Toucan Gallery, Beccles
2000 - Head Street Gallery, Halstead
1999 - Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth
1998 - The Old Town Hall Gallery, Hemel Hempstead
2015 - Colour and Materials, Espacio Gallery, Lonon
2014 - Original Print Fair, Espacio Gallery, London
2014 - BBH Print Society, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville
2014 - Colourworks, Espacio Gallery, London
2013 - Surface, The Ark, Basingstoke
2013 - Elements of Art, Espacio Gallery, London
2013 - Melange, Espacio Gallery, London
2012 - Original Print Fair, Espacio Gallery, London
2012 - BBH Print Society, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville
2012 - Divergence, Espacio Gallery, London
2012 - Cambridge Open Studios, Frameworks, Cottenham, Cambridge
2011 - Spring Open Exhibition, Runneymede Gallery, Windsor
2011 - Inspired by the Orient, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville
2011 - BBH Print Society, Boxfield Gallery, Stevenage
2010 - Hertfordshire Open Studios, St. Albans
2009 - Autumn Art Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 2009