CHRISTINE HALES “First Morning Wind ” Oil on Canvas 48 x 60″
These are mystical landscapes that convey physical and emotional transformations. In “First Morning Wind”, the formal elements are transformed into conveying a different sense of place, an alternative reality. This is a space where things of the Spirit manifest and are released. The painterly language I use is meant to bring the viewer into a direct, experiential process of self discovery.
Picking up the thread of Abstract Expressionism like a dropped thread, this work takes up the challenge inherent in combining meaning with abstraction. In this exploration of inner landscape, I combine loose, expressive lines and subdued color in a painterly process that balances accident, rigor and freedom.
Fairfield Porter, Robert Dash and James Brooks are grandfathers of the American Abstract Expressionist tradition to me. Their work, along with Matisse and Morandi influences, inspire the visual dynamics in my paintings.
Christine has been painting since the 1980’s, always keeping within the painterly tradition and exhibiting consistently in the UK, and USA. Hales’ work is in many private and corporate collections, and has been featured in Hudson Valley Insiders Guide, Classic American Home magazine, and reviewed by Vivien Raynor, NY Times.