Christine Reimer has lived all her life on Canada’s awe-inspiring west coast, and her deep love of nature has infused her art with its hues, textures, forms and vitality. Christine Reimer works noted for her bold use of colour and strong brushwork, and over her journey as an artist, her work has evolved to express the life force and mysteries of nature in new ways.
That journey began with Christine’s art studies at the University of Victoria in the mid 1970s. She was soon working as a professional artist, bringing a fresh perspective to landscapes on the coast and beyond. From early gouache paintings, her range expanded to large acrylic works on canvas.
Over more than three decades, she has had more than 40 one-person shows, and her highly-collectable paintings are now found in corporate and private collections across North America and abroad. With representation at prestigious galleries in Canada and the United States, by the mid-2010s her place in the field of contemporary landscape art was secure.
Then in 2014, Christine took an evolutionary leap of faith into a whole new genre: abstract expressionism, and she has never looked back. Leaving her comfort zone to stretch her creative reach in a new and challenging direction says a lot about Christine’s art, and her approach to life. Her new works are intensely personal interpretations of the natural world and our place in it.
I have always considered painting a discrete language, not of words but of perception or feeling. Paintings possess the unique qualities of the artist, but the nuances of meaning are open to interpretation by the viewer.
Most of my career as an artist has been focussed on interpreting landscape and nature in my paintings. Sharing my love of vibrant colour and vigorous brushwork has been a joyful pursuit, and I am proud of the rich and diverse body of work I’ve created over the years.
But in art, as in life, there are no boundaries to learning and growth. My work underwent significant change a few years ago when I shifted from a Fauvist style of painting to Abstract Expressionism, a style I had always wanted to explore. Representational images have mostly disappeared in my recent work featured here, however my use of colour and energetic brushwork remain.
My creative work continues to be influenced by the fragile attributes of nature and its precarious relationship with humanity. Its beauty leaves me in awe, and instills a visceral and organic symbolism in my abstract paintings. Like music, some pieces resonate more than others depending on what associations the viewer brings to the experience. Subtle gestures, mark-making and colour shifts may stimulate the viewer’s personal sensibilities. And just as a language can be acquired through interaction, so, too, can the ability to perceive the mood, or subtext, of an abstract painting.
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