February - May 2019 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Christine has been appointed Artist in Residence for the 'Leonardo da Vinci: A life in Drawing' exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. She is devising and delivering drawing workshops to the public, schools and special groups, inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. In her latest 2 day event Christine created a 5 metre tall portrait of Leonardo in 500 pieces (it is 500 years since Leonardo died).
Each piece was drawn by a member of the public, the youngest was 3 and the oldest 79 years old! The finished result is a transcription of a portrait of Leonardo attributed to Francesco Melzi made in 1515-18 but re-created using Christine’s favourite theme of ‘Realism to Abstraction’. The key piece is the eye, this was done by a lovely mum and her 2 sons together.
December 2018 'Dorset Magazine'
Christine is exhibiting her new portraits and abstracts at The Malthouse Gallery at The Town Mill, Lyme Regis from 12 - 31 October. During the exhibition Christine is running a series of themed workshops exploring aspects of her successful drawing book, which has already had its first reprint.
Realism to Abstraction
12 - 31 October 2018
Christine was commissioned by The Guild of Master Craftsmen to produce a book of drawing projects for beginners called ‘DRAWING Techniques And Tutorials For The Complete Beginner’ (although each project is also suitable for more advanced artists.) These workshops are based on aspects of the book.
Each workshop runs from 10am -1pm and each costs £30 per person Workshops take place within the exhibition space at The Malthouse (the exhibition will be open to the public whilst the workshops are taking place) Booking is essential as there are only 8 places per workshop. Each workshop can be taken separately although a 10% discount will be given to anyone wishing to participate in the full series of 6 workshops. Some materials and equipment will be provided, some you will need to bring with you. Christine will discuss requirements with each participant.
Contact Christine either by email or mobile phone to discuss booking.
Workshop dates and themes
Monday 15 October
‘Making marks & more’
A workshop of experimentation to expand your range of mark-making using different drawing materials. Bring anything you have to draw with - pencils, pens, crayons, pastels, charcoal etc. and a sketchbook or pieces of different papers. We will learn some rules and break some rules!
Friday 19 October
‘Apples & more’
In this workshop we will make a realistic, pencil drawing of a group of apples using line and tone. Discover drawing ability you didn’t know you had. Bring 3 different apples, 2B and 6B pencils and an eraser. Paper will be provided
Monday 22 October
‘Flowers & more’
This is a workshop where we will draw using water-soluble crayons to make an attractive, contemporary, floral piece of work. Flowers will be provided but do bring some more along if you have them. Paper will be provided and some crayons will be available. If you have your own coloured pencil crayons, watersoluble or not, please bring them with you.
Wednesday 24 October
‘Landscapes & more’
In this workshop we will discover the drawing qualities of working with watersoluble, coloured wax pastels using landscape photographs as our subject. Paper will be provided. Some pastels will be available to share but if you have your own set please bring them with you. Also bring any inspiring landscape photographs or magazine pictures.
Friday 26 October
‘Seashells & more’
Lovely charcoal, beautiful seashells and a big piece of paper - heaven! In this workshop you will draw big and get your hands dirty. You will be amazed at your bravery and your skillful results. Paper will be provided. Please bring charcoal of different thicknesses, an eraser and any shells you may have at home.
Monday 29 October
‘A drawing a day & more’
‘A day without drawing is a day lost’ (I think it was Anthony Gormley who said that.) How true and no excuses! We will look at what to draw, how to draw and what to draw with to develop good practice. Bring any drawing materials you have - pencils, pens, crayons etc. and a sketchbook. Paper will also be provided.
Earlier this year Christine was commissioned by the publishers GMC (Guild of Master Craftsman) as author and artist to create a drawing book for new artists. The book is officially released in bookshops and online in November. It is called ‘DRAWING’ by Christine Allison ISBN: 9781784943882 and costs £9.99. It can be ordered directly from www.gmcbooks.com.
Here are a few images from the book.
Apart from painting, one of Christine's other creative passions is to sew. She has made a limited collection of pure wool bags, lined with pure cotton and each with a hand painted Lyme Regis and mackerel appliqued patch. The bags measure 30cm x 33cm with 2 handles, which fit over the shoulder or can be worn over the arm. There are two internal pockets. The bags are £30 each excluding postage & packing. To order a bag, please email Christine via the email link on the Enquires page.
Realism to Abstraction Course 2 at Moorbath Creative (see December 2016)
Christine is commissioned by GMC Publications Ltd to write and illustrate a book on drawing.
From Realism to Abstraction
A 3 day residential drawing & painting course with Christine Allison. Monday Dec 5th pm to Friday 9th am
Photographs and texts from Christine's exhibition called 'R(aw)Energy' at The Malthouse Gallery at The Town Mill, Lyme Regis.
Back in the UK Christine is working on a very exciting project with 'Lyme Bay Holidays' and their property owners to place her original artworks in their holiday properties. No birds of prey! Instead seascapes and surf paintings to enjoy.
Gallery owner Helen Al-Ammari exhibits 4 of Christine's paintings in her 'Arabian Collections Gallery' in Dharan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A new painting of a barn owl with painted relief canvas work for the opening of the 'Hibou' Deli in Chamonix, France.
ArtBahrain was stunning and exciting! Visitors stopped in their tracks when they saw Christine's bird paintings and just said, "wow!" It was a great show.
Christine has a selection of her paintings, including her latest pieces on show at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi until the end of April.
The current issue of the prestigious Bahrain luxury lifestyle magazine 'DURRAH' features Christine and her work in a five page interview. Click here to view the magazine and read the article.
Christine has been invited to exhibit in Art Bahrain in October 2015.
Hot off the easel - a studio preview of Christine's latest pieces. One of which is destined for a new restaurant opening soon in Chamonix in the French Alps, with the apt name of 'hibou' (owl in French).
From 11th - 13th December Christine will be exhibiting at The 3rd International Falconry Festival in Abu Dhabi where she is honoured to be sponsored by The Emirates Falconers’ Club who have provided her with her own 10mtr square tent. The Falconry Festival is to be held at the Al Forsan International Sports Centre, Khalifa City (behind the golf club). It promises be a wonderful and exciting event with exhibitors from all over the world. It will be well worth a visit to see the spectacle of it all and of course to see Christine’s exhibition of new work!
As part of NO WHITE WALLS Christine is exhibiting at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi with 5 other professional artists: Andrew Field, Julia Ibbini, Emily Gordon, Kathryn Ryan and Yiannis Roussakis from 25.09.14 until 01.01.15.
Christine's work was featured to promote the show in Abu Dhabi Week magazine.
Christine took a trip to the French Alps to deliver two oil paintings to Chamonix - 'Eagle Owl' (122 x 152 cms) and 'Eagle Owl Coming in to Land' (140 x 200 cms), which have been purchased by Marmotte Mountain, Luxury Chamonix Chalets. The paintings now hang in the beautiful 'Libellule', 400sq metre newly built 6 bedroom chalet.
Christine completed this one metre oil painting for Michael Schmitz, now in Hamburg, Germany. It is based on a photograph Michael took of a different sort of bird of prey - a Lyme Regis seagull taking his lunch from the hand of the skipper Harry May aboard 'Marie F' on a mackerel fishing trip!
The Majlis Gallery in Dubai have sold two of Christine's framed drawings of falcons and have further work from the Middle East collection available. www.themajlisgallery.com
December 2013 Exhibition at The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi
Christine was pleased to be asked by artist and teacher Andrew Field to exhibit ten of her birds of prey paintings in the grand foyer of The British School in Abu Dhabi. Christine also delivered two short lectures about her work and then students and parents participated in workshops creating their own drawn and painted responses to the birds. The charcoal drawing of His Highness Sheikh Zayed was also exhibited in the foyer of the school.
Exhibition of Birds of Prey Drawings And Paintings
at Avenue at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi
In November 2013 Christine launched her collection of birds of prey drawings and paintings in the Middle East with an exhibition at the prestigious Avenue at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Suroor Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.
Presentation to His Highness of a two metre painting titled 'White Gyr Falcon in Flight' by Christine Allison
Guests at the opening evening of the exhibition
His Highness Sheikh Suroor graciously sent falcons and falconers from his farm in the desert to the exhibition opening night much to the delight and pleasure of guests. Here Harry May and a handler hold two white gyr falcons in front of Christine's drawing of the founder of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This life size charcoal drawing was inspired by a photograph of Sheikh Zayed taken by Englishman Wilfred Patrick Thesiger in 1949. The photograph is in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.
Click the photo above to read the article about the exhibition in Abu Dhabi's 'The National' newspaper.