I discovered collage as a process when I moved to the US and my oil paints were impounded by a dock strike. At that time I also made papier-mâché pots and pieced quilts in the manner of the early settlers. I have hopes that my womanly art will eventually be recognized by a wider circle of enthusiasts.
My collages are made using almost exclusively hand painted Ingres and cartridge paper. This is cut, applied and layered, employing many hundreds of pieces to produce my pictures. They are produced in my studio from my detailed pencil drawings, and are mostly landscapes depicting Suffolk, my garden, and places visited on holiday.
Gallery (click to view)
Christine McKechnie trained at Southampton and Kingston Schools of Art in the early sixties. She was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy Summer Show in the eighties and nineties; in 1983 she won a special award for her work with paper. When she lived in London she had many shows at the London University – Institute of Education Gallery, and the Anna Mai Chadwick Gallery in Fulham. Her pictures feature in many private and some public collections. An article about her work in ‘Leisure Painter’ led to a commission for a book on the art of paper collage from Search Press Ltd. She has been a regular contributor to ‘The Artist’ and ‘Leisure Painter’.
She has demonstrated collage on Granada television, and conducted projects with children in primary schools. She has carried out a successful village sign for Worlingworth, and a lottery funded community maze and scarecrow project with the villagers of Worlingworth and Southolt.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Chelsea Arts Club, Apex Gallery – Bury St Edmunds, Assembly House – Norwich, Gallery in the Garden at the Orangery – Great Saling Essex, John Russell Gallery – Ipswich.
Exhibitions in 2017
The Project Gallery, Arundel, 6th – 27th May 2017
63 High Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AJ
T. 01903 884753
I am opening my garden and studio in aid of St Elizabeth’s Hospice on the 15th July 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm, when I will be also providing tea and cake.
Contact Christine McKechnie