Artist Statement and Bio
After getting a BFA in Painting from Mass Art in Boston, Christine Hales was a painter since the early 1970’s, living in a loft in Chelsea and studying ballet until the 80’s when she moved to a small village in upstate New York where she now lives and works. Her art has been shown in national and international galleries and museums. Her work is included in public collections at TRW, Sands Hotel, St. Luke’s Church, Guideposts, Citibank, and in many private collections.
Her murals are n several public schools and resource centers and serve as a vehicle for community involvement through the arts.
Christine has received grants from the Maine Arts Council, C.E.T.A. Nantucket, Greene County Arts in Residence, among others and has received numerous awards for excellence in painting. See her CV for a more detailed list of exhibitions and grants. She is a credentialed, professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, and the British Association of Iconographers.
“I seek to evoke an atmosphere and sense of interior and exterior space that is symbolic of the human unconscious. Jung believed that we are connected to all mankind, past, present, and future through what he labeled as ‘the collective unconsciousness’. Like Turner, I give color absolute priority to construct a world of light and color. The sublime which can be evoked through a transcendental experience of light, and atmosphere is a sought after effect in my paintings and a portal to the unconscious through archetypal symbols.
The Once and Future Queen series references the TH White book, “Once and Future King”.
Much of the abstract imagery references the Bronze Horses of San Marco in Venice. More to come!