Kiwi Artist Wins at Castle Fine Art Summer Exhibition

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Tim Christie, following on the heels of his success at the NZ Art Show, has come away with the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Castle Fine Art Summer Exhibition, held in Manchester in August.

Among a competative field of 20 young artists, Tim’s collection MONOMOKO drew attention with its monochromatic geometic patterns that contain optical illusions, and warped images. “The idea came about when I imagined the dynamic effect that might emerge from combining the precision of geometric abstraction with biological symmetry,” Tim explained. “I was curious to explore the juxtaposition between a very controlled technical aesthetic and facial features, with the inherent symmetry of the latter providing a shared language between these two worlds.”

“The feedback I’ve been getting from the show has been tremendous and this accolade just tops it off,” Tim commented.

Tim is a Wellington-based creative. For the last 10 years he has been self-employed working as a graphic designer, creative director, entrepreneur and artist. He often collaborates and has been involved in design projects throughout the country.

Tim has helped develop some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands including The Interislander, New Zealand Wine, Radio NZ and the celebrated new identity for the City of Invercargill. His work has been featured in New Zealand and Australian design awards and published internationally.

Working for himself has allowed Tim to turn more attention to Art. MONOMOKO was first exhibited at the 2017 NZ Art Show where he had immediate success, selling all but one piece on the opening night. He was subsequently invited to participate in the annual NZSO Auction, donating a new work to the black-tie event that raised over $105,000. Eariler this year he entered ‘Co-existence’ the international art exhibition celebrating tolerance and diversity. His entry was one of two local pieces selected to join the exhibition as part of its ongoing world tour.

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