You’ve heard it before. Lorraine Christie always names her paintings before she paints them, and then, with the stroke of a brush, tells a story.
Relationships play a prominent theme in her paintings whether a tender moment between lovers, people caught in the rain or silhouettes dancing in a wet glow. She uses a unique blend of light, shadow, texture and rich color to evoke a strong emotional reactions.
And that’s how this solo exhibit, which opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 7th and will run for two weeks, came to be named by the artist, “The Heart Inhabited.”
We love to ask Lorraine about the vignettes that she captures in her work. Are these the same characters woven through her tableaux? Are we catching a fleeting moment in time? And what are the many scenarios that go on in each painting?
We had fun recently parsing a painting by Lorraine Christie and looking at the different stories that made up the whole. It’s called “My Soul to Take.” We studied each different part separately and tried to guess what the artist was thinking when she named it, “My Soul to Take.”
Guess what! These are not individual paintings, although each one could easily stand on its own. In fact, here is the full painting, with all the intricacies of the relationships revealed in all the different vignettes.
If I owned this painting, I would have a conversation with one of the people in the painting every night. Where are you rushing off to, Simone? Did Desmond forget to call you? What’s troubling you Janice? Are you excited to meet him again tonight?
I may not be lucky enough to own one of Lorraine Christie’s works yet, but I sure appreciate being surrounded by them in our gallery. We’re not the only ones who are drawn to her unique and amazing work … and unfortunately for us, they don’t usually hang on our walls for very long. But when they do, we are often mesmerized by the artist’s deft brush stroke or dashes of unexpected color or intricate compositions and luminous subjects … all of which lead to a story unfolding …mysterious, evocative and completely unique.
We asked Lorraine about her remarkable technique, and this is what she replied:
“There are no specific techniques or given formulae that can be used to depict this. I simply draw upon either observation of others or the observation of my own hearts habitation… warm and cool, thick and thin, bold statements stand beside soft strokes. Our many moods.
The paint is applied, the story unfolds…”
The Heart Inhabited.
PS The exhibit, “The Heart Inhabited” opens to the public on Friday, February 8th at 10 a.m. at Huff Harrington Fine Art. Why a day show, you might ask? Because sometimes our evening shows have been too crowded for you to really appreciate the art. So this way you can come any time during the day, and enjoy the art at your own pace, with a little glass of bubbly if you so desire. We can’t wait to see you!