Christine Bishop

Chicago, USA

a quinquagenarian who discovered the artist within.

Christine’s Abstract Art evolved after packing up her entire life and moving from San Diego, California to Chicago, Illinois in 2011.

Christine – abstract artist!

My work is purely abstract and comes not specifically from my mind but from my energy and my core. It is very visceral.   I create using oil paint, charcoal, graphite and wax on cotton paper, wood or canvas using various tools, my hands, rags and occasionally brushes.  I add, remove and manipulate the materials in a fast and vigorous manner until the desired effect is achieved.

At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

I was a quinquagenarian when I discovered the artist hiding deep inside of me.  I had taken a beginning drawing class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the spring of 2013 just to fill my time after moving from San Diego to Chicago.  That class changed my life as I followed it by many other art classes and found a very expressive artist in me that I didn’t know existed!

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

My Mom tells me that when I was very young I always had a big drawing pad and I would draw for hours

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

All of Jackson Pollock’s works for the high energy that is reflected in his pieces.

How would you describe your artistic style?

My work is purely abstract and comes not specifically from my mind but from my energy and my core. It is very visceral.   I create using oil paint, charcoal, graphite and wax on cotton paper, wood or canvas using various tools, my hands, rags and occasionally brushes.  I add, remove and manipulate the materials in a fast and vigorous manner until the desired effect is achieved.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

I sold my first painting about 1 ½ years after I began painting for $500.  It was six months after I had created the piece, and I was truly touched that it brought such joy to the buyer.  My second piece sold just a couple of weeks later!

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

My workstyle is very quick and energetic.  I often have multiple pieces going on at the same time and I will move from one to another. I work both on the floor and on an easel.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

I spend a lot of time looking at the world: shapes, colors, textures.  The Chicago city energy fuels my work! I also make regular visits to Art Museums and Exhibitions around the country to admire and absorb the creativity of others.

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I live in Chicago.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing–and keeping the unknown always beyond you.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

A few pieces from Christine’s gallery

Purely Visceral Series Peach & Grey

Purely Visceral Series Blue

Why they love Christine’s art

Tori Rosay San Diego, CA

“The piece I have from Christine’s collection is truly one of my personal favorites, done on natural wood, it’s a conversation piece and is so unique, love it, very special.”

Elizabeth Johnston Chicago, IL

“Christine’s unique ethereal artwork has pride of place in my home and touches everyone who has the pleasure of viewing it.”

More about Christine

Shows & Exhibitions

 

Juried Art Festivals:

Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago IL, June 2016 & June 2017

Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago IL, June 2016

Millennium Art Festival, Chicago IL, July 2016

West Loop Art Festival, Chicago IL, Sept 2016

 

Shows:

Total Abstraction, Chicago IL, November 2014

Blurred by White, Chicago IL, July 2015

Argo Tea, Chicago IL, Featured Artist, 28 Pieces, June 2016

C2C Gallery, Featured Artist, Grand Haven MI, October 2016