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  Susan Christie
Dewdrops & Moonlight
 
December 7 - 29, 2007

Susan Christie

Susan Christie (b. 1942), began several decades of studying classical sumi-e (Oriental ink painting) and calligraphy in 1970 in Minneapolis with Reiko Ito at the Japanese Cultural Center. Ms. Ito was the daughter of the Ambassador from Japan to Mexico and was trained in many of the arts of Japan. When Ms. Ito relocated to Washington DC, Susan became the instructor and continued the classes. Between 1980 and 1984 she studied with several other painters, including Cheng-Khee Chee  of Duluth, MN. In 1983 she studied "The Anatomy of the Mountain" with Wong Wucius of Hong Kong. She began exhibiting her work and taught sumi-e at the Minnesota Museum of Art in St. Paul, MN and the Minneapolis Museum of Art, in Minneapolis.

In 1984 Christie joined the first group of westerners invited to study at the Zhejiang Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, one of China's two oldest art academies. This several month long exploration of China's art, landscape and culture, led by Cheng-Khee Chee, was an unforgettable experience. Christie studied with some of the most important Master Painters and Calligraphers in the country including Zhuo He Jun, Wong Dong Ling, and Wenda Gu. On her return trip, Christie made an extended stay in Japan where she visited Kyoto, staying in a Buddhist Temple. Over the following years, a number of artists from Zhejiang Academy traveled to Minneapolis and painted with Christie in her studio. She maintains an ongoing relationship with her mentor Zhuo He Jun from his home in Hangzhou, China. Zhuo was instrumental in Christie's exposure to alternative ink techniques dating from early Chinese History.

In the late '80's Christie traveled for the first time to New Mexico, which added new dimensions to her work. Over the next two decades she began an intensive schedule of travel along with a number of solo exhibitions. She studied American art history extensively and traveled to museums all over the US. Her work evolved from traditional ink painting to brushed and poured abstractions. Born in Minneapolis, MN, she has lived in New Mexico, Seattle and Montana and now lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico with her husband.

The current show, Dewdrops & Moonlight, features Christie's latest body of work inspired by interplay of light and water. Her style is very dynamic and completely original, a refreshing departure from stereotypic western renditions of Oriental calligraphic brush strokes. In fact, one hardly sees any brush strokes at all in many of the paintings in this show. In one series, shimmering light appears to dance upon a foaming waterfall or a bubbling stream. Another series evokes glistering dewdrops on grass blades, or ice crystals forming on a window pane. These are not subjects easily rendered with traditional sumi-e techniques. Christie's latest work clearly demonstrates her mastery of the medium.

 

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Bubbles II

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  27.5" x 54"

Pewter wood frame  34.5" x 63" 

 

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 Pearl

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75"x 13.5"

Black wood frame  27" x 21" 

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 Moon

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75"x 13.5"

Black wood frame  27" x 21" 

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Pool

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  9" x 9"

Pewter wood frame  19" x 16" 

 

 

 

Frost I

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  8.25" x 11.5"

Pewter wood frame  16" x 19" 

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Frost II

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8.25"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.75" 

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Frost III

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8.25"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.75" 

 

 

 

Frost IV

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8.25"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.75" 

 

 

 

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Ripples

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  14" x 27.25"

Pewter wood frame  21.75" x 35"

 

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Dew I

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75" x 13.5"

Pewter wood frame  27" x 21" 

 

 

Dew II

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75" x 13.5"

Pewter wood frame  27" x 21" 

 

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Dew III

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  7.75" x 5"

Pewter wood frame  15.5" x 12.5" 

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Dew IV

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  7.75" x 5"

Pewter wood frame  15.5" x 12.5" 

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Dew V

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  7.75" x 5"

Pewter wood frame  15.5" x 12.5" 

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Dew VI

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  7.75" x 5"

Pewter wood frame  15.5" x 12.5" 

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Shades of Rain I

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  9" x 9"

Pewter wood frame  19" x 16" 

 

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Shades of Rain II

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.5" 

 

 

 

 

Shades of Rain III

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.5" 

 

 

 

 

Shades of Rain IV

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  5" x 8"

Pewter wood frame  12.75" x 15.5" 

 

 

 

 

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Tao

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75"x 13.5"

Black wood frame  27" x 21" 

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Thunder Snow

Sumi-e on Chinese paper  13.75"x 13.5"

Black wood frame  27" x 21" 

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Selected Exhibitions (Susan Christie) 

1995  "Works from 1990-1995", Solo exhibition, Douglas-Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1996  "Members Exhibition", The Stables Gallery, Taos, NM

1997  "The 34th Annual Sumi-e Society of America Juried Exhibition", The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN

1997  "Trees, Volume I", Solo exhibition, Douglas-Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1998  "Monothon 12", Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

1999  "Monothon 13", Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

1999  "Second Annual Foca Artists Exhibition", LewAllen Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

1999  "101 Cups, 101 Artists" invitational, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999  "In a Blue Moon", Solo exhibition, Douglas-Baker Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1999  "Between the Trees", Solo exhibition, Hand Artes Gallery, Truchas, NM

2000  "Monothon 14", The College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM

2000  "Third Annual Foca Artists Exhibition", LewAllen Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2001  "Monothon 15", Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2001  "On the Edge", Solo exhibition, Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2002  "Monothon 16", Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2002  "Bella Figura", Segreto Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2003   Annual Juried Exhibition, The Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

2004  "Tranquil Light II", two-person exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005  "A Grain of Sand", two-person exhibition, Touching Stone Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005   Annual Juried Exhibition, The Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

2005  "Not Every Feather, Solo exhibition, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Ennis, Montana

2006  "Time In Between", Solo exhibition, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Ennis, Montana

2006  "New Additions to the Permanent Collection", The Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT 

 

Collections

The Missoula Museum of Art, Missoula, MT

The Barbara and Bill Richardson Art Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM

 

Selected Publications

2002  "Japanese Ink Painting: Beginners Guide to Sumi-e" by Susan Frame features a number of original paintings by Susan Christie.