Christine Simoneau Hales
Christine Simoneau Hales is a contemporary American painter whose work is known for its spiritual connections and references. Each painting and drawing originate in a prayer or a reading from Holy Scripture. There are layers of meanings that combine with the layers of paint and medium. More mystical than precise. These images evoke an individual, personal response in all who view them.
Graduating from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in the late 1970’s, after receiving the painting award for outstanding achievement, Christine travelled to England to follow the work of Francis Bacon and other English painters. Hales taught drawing workshops in Plymouth, and eventually settled in Cornwall. Here she became familiar with the work of the St. Ives artists.
Eventually returning to Massachusetts, Hales got an artist’s grant from the Nantucket Arts Council and worked there for one year. She then moved to New York City to continue her study of classical ballet and maintained a loft in Chelsea for painting for the next thirteen years.
She holds a BFA n Painting and Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MS in Art Therapy from the College of New Rochelle, NY, and has studied at the Artists League of New York, The National Academy of Design NY,NY, and Institute of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy.
Her paintings have been in many national group exhibitions as well as several one person exhibits in New York. Reviewed in the New York Times and featured in Hudson Valley Magazine, Christine’s landscapes reflect the artist’s love of nature and transformation. Her work is in many public and private collections. Please view her CV for a more detailed list. She now lives and works in Sarasota, Florida with her photographer husband, Mick Hales.
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS IN NEW YORK, MIAMI, BOSTON, UK, EUROPE
Citibank, San Diego, CA
TRW, Cleveland, Ohio
Guideposts, Carmel, NY
Sands Hotel, Hollywood, FL
Hunnewell, Boston, MA
MURALS And Site Specific Art Projects
2002 Berkshire UFSD Multimedia Mural, Arts In Education Grant, Greene County Council on the Arts, NYFA
2000 Bedford Village Elementary School, Millennium Mural, Boces Artist in Residence Program
1999 Pelham Middle School, Millennium Mural, BOCES Artist in Residence Program
1997 Ridgeway Elementary School, Ridgeway, NY Public Mural, BOCES Artist in Residence Program
1997 PS1 Help Project Samaritan, Garden Murals, Bronx, NY
1982 Victory in Christ Church, Brooklyn, NY , Altarpiec
Awards & Reviews
Classical Revival – in Modern Art
Christine Hales’ paintings explore the wide range of abstraction and realism. Landscapes are mystical statements of personal, felt experience in nature, while abstract paintings are visual expressions of emotional awareness and revelation.
Hales began using religious imagery in her art in 2010 in response to a powerful spiritual awakening. Since that time, the artist has been evolving a visual language that alternates between abstract and symbolic representational imagery. She continues her classical ballet training and we see the influence of classical movement and rhythm played out in many of her compositions.