‘My paintings address the familiar. Banal in subject matter, but relevant in my mind. My work reflects the context and geographical location of where I reside at the time and having moved and travelled a lot– my practice as a painter has been a means of grounding myself so as to feel part of and somehow connected to each new setting.
I very much like old black a white photographs, and often work from them – usually sourced in library or museum collections. They provide a starting point for each work and before painting, I do multiple drawings from the photographs in order to ‘get inside’ the image and start my ‘conversation’ with it. I am interested in the process and the transformation of the image: from a documentary style photograph – to a painting which recalls only elements of that original source.
I want to present something clear and recognizable, yet without explaining or reasoning too much, in the hope that the viewer can also give meaning and emotional reflection.’
Christina Thwaites (1980) is a British painter, based in Orono, Maine, (USA). In 2004 she graduated from The University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) with an MA in French Literature & History of Art. Whilst living in Paris she attended the Ecole du Louvre and worked as an assistant to watercolourist Patrick Fouilhoux. Her painting skills developed in Italy where she attended La Porta Blu Art School in Rome. During 2010, she worked for some months in Amsterdam (at Kanal 10 Guest studio) and also in Walasiho (a remote village in Sulawesi, Indonesia). In 2011 Christina was invited to Palestine to run art workshops and exhibit with Al-Mahatta Gallery during a residency period at Al Fara refugee camp. In 2011 Christina moved back to Italy and helped set up and run 33officinacreativa (an international artist in residency program in the medieval hill-top village of Toffia). Whilst living near Rome, Christina exhibited with private commercial galleries as well as showing work in public establishments including at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome). In 2013 she moved to Canberra (Australia) and was offered studio space at ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists) -she continued to exhibit in Europe (with two solo shows: in London and Rome, as well as a joint show with British Pop artist Peter Blake). In Australia, she established herself with relative ease and had three solo shows in three different states. She moved to Maine in 2015 where she teaches and paints from her basement studio (when she is not chasing around after her two small children!!)
selected solo exhibitions:
2015 ‘Conversations with a stuffed bear’. Penny Contemporary, Tasmania, Australia.
2014 ‘Body Transformations’, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
2014 ‘Just for one day. We can pop it’, G2Gallery, Jesi, Italy. (with artist Peter Blake).
2014 ‘Australian History’, Michael Reid Gallery, Murrurundi, New South Wales, Australia.
2014 ‘A long way from home’ Altenburg Gallery, Braidwood, New South Wales, Australia.
2014 ‘Past Times’, RvB Arts, Rome. Italy.
2013 ‘Beyond Ritual’, The Art List, London, UK.
2013 ‘Looking back’, RvB Arts, Rome, Italy.
2012 ‘Memory Thread’ Galleria Cellamare 56, Naples, Italy.
2012 ‘Dispatches from the past:Postmen in East Hull’, La Porta Blu Gallery, Rome, Italy.
2011 ‘Forgotten Faces’, Galleria Cortese & Lisanti, Rome, Italy.
2010 ‘Tracing time’, Dokhuis Galerie, Amsterdam, Holland.
2010 ‘Velvet Faces’, Studio 7, Rieti, Italy.
selected group exhibitions:
2018 ‘Beautiful Women’, Penny Contemporary, Tasmania, Australia.
2015 ‘Fight no Future. La Pop si mette in Lotta’ G2Gallery, Jesi, Italy.
2014 ‘Selfie’, CCAS (Canberra Contemporary Art Space), Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2014 ‘1Metre’, Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2014 ‘Terms and Conditions’, Nishi Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2013 ‘Romance’, Temple University Gallery, Rome, Italy.
2013 ‘Face 2 Face’, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013 ‘Summer’, RvB arts, Rome, Italy.
2013 ‘Queen Show’, Peter Klashorst Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.
2012 ‘Oasis International’, MACRO (Museum of Contemporary in Art), Rome, Italy.
2012 ‘Quadratonomade’, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, (Exhibition Palace), Rome, Italy.
2012 ‘New York’, Peter Klashorst Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.
2012 ‘Between – 100%Periferia’, Teatro Sala Umberto, (Umberto Theatre), Rome, Italy.
2012 ‘The Kut & Lul Pop-Up Show’, Peter Klashorst Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.
2012 ‘Schisi’, Hybrida ArtGallery, Rome, Italy.
2012 ‘Embassy of Living Painters’, Appels Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.
2012 ‘Young Masters@Auction’, Ongekend Art Auction, Rotterdam, Holland.
2011 ‘Al-Mahatta Artists’, Salah Khalafs Centre, Al-Far’a, Palestine.
2011 ‘Dusty Days’, Galerie Serieuze Zaken, Amsterdam, Holland.