Christine A. Allan - Contemporary mixed media and sometimes activist artist
My work is an exploration as well as a reaction to the world around me. When I start a piece I usually have an idea of what I want to convey in the piece. However, the materials can change and the piece can change. Often times I will look at a piece a month or even a year later and I will decide to
change it. I love colour and texture.
My artistic practice has been shaped by growing up on the prairies and then by moving to
the West Coast of BC. Horizons tend to dominate my work. My mixed media colorfield
paintings are what I refer to as psychological explorations. I want a bit of the colour or
texture to show through, to reveal itself, indicative of how we cover up things from the past,
but they are always there, just beneath the surface.
Drawing and painting was how I coped growing up but art was a constant during frequent
moves to and around BC. After meeting my husband, who is of Indigenous descent, and
having had the privilege of living in a remote Native Community on the West Coast of BC.
the Indigenous way of seeing became important to me. Being accepted as an artist in the
community allowed me the opportunity to learn First Nations art with respected
Nuu-chah-nulth artist and teacher George John. My pyrographic designs are inspired by the
Indigineous way of looking at our environment. I see connections and transformations in all living things on the planet and in the universe and I attempt to represent them in surreal and abstract ways. Working with various materials, processes and subjects, my work emerges. Sometimes, I don't know what the end result will be. Sometimes, the viewer sees something that I don't. I am inspired by everything. I am intrigued and excited by the idea of how art can overcome the incommunicable aspects of our lives.
International artist Christine A. Allan, was born in the prairie province of Manitoba, Canada.
She moved to the West Coast of Canada in her teens and has lived in British Columbia ever
since. Christine first pursued art as a child, in part to cope with an unstable family life.
While studying First Nations Art and Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, she met and
married a First Nations man from the interior of BC. His job took them north to Williams Lake,
then to a remote Native Community on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Here she learned
First Nations Art from a respected Nuu-chun-nulth sculptor and teacher, George John. She also studied Art History and
Fine Art through Thompson Rivers Universities Open Learning, and continuing studies in Fine Art at Emily Car University. Now in her 60's, Christine has never stopped exploring and experimenting with various forms of art and has been exhibiting for over 25 years, with her work in private collections around the world. Three of her First Nations inspired pieces were part of a museum show to bring attention the plight of wolves in Japan, and one of them also won second prize at the Coho Festival in North Vancouver, BC. Most recently Christine receiving an Award of Excellence for her new environmental work at the London Biennale (2019). In 2014, one of her early environmental pieces was accepted by Leonardo DiCaprio as a gift in thanks for his appreciation of art and his environmental work with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
Some of her Christine's pyrographic series is not only inspired by the environment, but is made using hand-made paint with only organic pigments and linseed oil and then wood-burned. These pieces, are intended to create awareness about the ways humans are impacting the planet and the need to stop plastics from entering our waterways.
Christine supports the Animal Alliance of Canada, the WWF, Plastic Oceans, and other organizations dedicated to protecting biodiversity, ocean conservation, animal protection and climate change through donations from sales of her work.
Besides rock crystal and other materials, only Swarovski Crystals are used in Christine's work to support the Swarovski Foundation which supports Creativity, Cultural Heritage and the Environment. For more information visit
Check out the www.swarovskifoundation.org/environment to see all the work they do.
Art Vancouver 2015 Sponsored Artist at ART QUAKE KYOTO
Art Monaco 2014
Solo Exhibition 2020, Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Oak Bay, Victoria BC, Canada - January 2020
London Biennale 2019, Chelsea Town Hall, London England - May 2019
Art Quake Kyoto, The Museum of Kyoto, Japan - April 2017
Billboard Creative – Los Angeles, California - December 2015
Open Art Code in the Salon des Artistes Independants for ART CAPITAL, The Grand Palais, Paris, France - November 2015
Saving Nature Solo Exhibit – Cowichan Performing Arts Centre Theatre Gallery, Duncan BC - June 2015
Art Voyage 2015; Crossing Borders International Exhibit, JMC Gallery New York, NY - Feb. 6 - 28, 2015
London Biennale 2015 – Chelsea Old Town Hall, London England - Jan. 20 – 25, 2015
“Il Ritratto; the Human Portrait” - MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
July 31 - Aug, 22nd, 2014
“Members Show” Canadian Federation of Artists Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC Canada - Jan. 14 - 26, 2014
“Interplay” International Group Show, Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada - Oct 9 - 26, 2013
"Diversified Creations" International Group Exhibition, IDA Gallery, New Jersey, USA - Sept. 20 - Oct. 4, 2013
“Chianciano Biennale 2013“, Museo d'Arte di Chianciano, Chianciano (SI) Italy Sept 7 - 14, 2013
“2013 Okanagan Erotic Art Show“, group exhibit, Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, BC, Canada - July 5 - Aug. 2, 2013
International Fundraising Exhibit, group exhibit, Art Hub Gallery, London, England - June 6 - 9, 2013
ArTConneKt International group exhibit, MIB Galeria de Artre Contemporanea, Rio de janeiro, Brazil - Mar 22 - Apr. 21, 2013
“Phalanx: the Power of Art“, Group Exhibition, Portals CVAC, Duncan, BC Canada - Mar 15 - 22, 2013,
“The Vagina Monologues Art Show” - group exhibit, Cowichan Theatre, Duncan, BC Canada - Feb - Mar, 2013
“Massively Mini Exhibit” - Group Exhibition, Metchosin Public Art Gallery, Metchosin BC Canada - Nov. 1/12 - Jan 28, 2013
“Journey Through Creativity”- Group Exhibition, JMC Gallery & Framing, New York City, NY USA - Dec. 1 - 31, 2012
Group Exhibit, Metchosin Public Art Gallery, Metchosin BC - Sept. 8 - 23, 2012
Averil Creek Winery, Solo Exhibit, Duncan BC – Sept. 2012
Art Takes Times Square, NYC - group billboard exhibit - June 18, 2012
Cowichan Theatre Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Duncan BC - May 1-30, 2012
Chemainus Theatre Gallery, Chemainus BC, Feb. 24 - Apr. 7, 2012 - joint exhibit with Ted Harrison
Cowichan Valley Fine Art Show, group exhibit (Spring 2010, 2011 & 2012)
“Elements” Group Exhibit, Gibsons Public Art Gallery, Gibsons BC - 2003
“All Nations Art Exhibit II”, Group Exhibition, Community Art Gallery, Trail, BC - 2003
“Coho Festival” Group Exhibition, North Vancouver BC – 2003
2002 Annual Green Millennium Fashion Show, Vancouver BC – 2002
“Wolf Art Exhibit” - Group Exhibition, Wolf Museum and Gallery, Mitsume, Japan – 2002
Student Exhibition, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC - 1996
Award of Merit - Chianciano Biennale 2013
2nd Prize at Coho Festival - Coho Society of North Vancouver, 2003
Thompson Rivers University - BA with emphasis on Art History
Emily Carr University - Continuing Studies in Fine Art
Simon Fraser University - Certificate in Liberal Arts
"Christine is a wonderfully creative artist who has a sure and intuitive touch for everything she tackles. A joy to work with and a truly sensitive and empathetic person. Her real life experience comes out through her art." - Simon Veness (author, Vaness Travel Media)
"Playfully insightful...artistic expression is timeless for Christine Allan."
- Peter W. Rusland (News Leader Pictorial)
Billboard Creative (TBC) launched its second public art show on December 1st, 2016 on 33 billboards
throughout the streets of Los Angeles. This second effort by the non-profit TBC featured an outstanding number of emerging and established artists including Ed Ruscha, Jack Pierson, Andrew Bush, Shane Guffogg,
Kim McCarty, Panos Tsagaris, and Christine A. Allan's featured work titled "Let it Rain"
Christine was among a small group of artists to exhibit with the OpenArtCode artists in the Salon des Artistes Indépendants for ART CAPITAL at the Grand Palais in Paris from 24-29 November 2015. Each year ART CAPITAL that includes the Salon des Indépendants, attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the Grand Palais.
Masters such as Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Camille Pissarro and the "Founding Fathers" Albert Dubois-Pillet, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, in 1884 created the Société des Artistes Indépendants (Society of Independent Artists). Madame Chapelle, President of the Société des Artistes Indépendants, has said about the OAC Group: Devenu partie intégrante de la Société des Artistes Indépendants dans le cadre de ART en CAPITAL, c'est un honneur pour moi, d'accueillir les artistes talentueux du groupe OpenArtCode.
Ape Conservation Effort Fundraiser
May 16, 2015
Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
The challenge: to create an interpretation of a piece created by one of the apes. Christine's piece was auctioned with a piece created by one of the apes.
Christine A. Allan, Vancouver Island artist has been selected to participate in this museum quality exhibition.130 artists from 40 countries from around the globe come together in this multicultural, prestigious, colourful and dynamic show in the heart of vibrant Chelsea at The Old Town Hall from the 20th to 25th of January 2015. The up and coming artist, living and working in Chemainus, BC, was chosen for the London Biennale because of her participation in the Chianciano Biennale 2013 in Italy, where she recieved an award of Merit. Showing her expressionist mixed media pieces of animals, butterflies, and digital images, she hopes to bring more awareness to the plight of wildlife around the world. Her work is colourful and textured, with hints of influences from artists of the turn of century. She says "I am very excited about 2015, and starting the year by joining the London Biennale could not be better. I'll be showing "Hanging On" and “Saving the Blue Morpho”, both of which represent my feelings about the destruction of the rainforest. London is the global art capital and the London Art Biennale is where the contemporary art of the world is presented. The Biennale 2013 took place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall and gathered artworks from approximately 40 different nations; artists who have exhibited in some of the most important museums in the world as well as emerging artists who have been selected for their talent.
Solely dedicated to works on canvas, sculpture and drawing, the London Art Biennale 2013 presentation
attracted thousands of visitors during the exhibition and the collateral events - such as a charity auction including an original Andy Warhol, conducted by Nicholas Bonham, heir of the family auctioneer dynasty and Bonham's Auction house founded in 1793. The Biennale takes place on the King's Road, Chelsea, which is known as the true artistic centre of London. The Chelsea Old Town Hall was designed by John Brydon in 1885, an architect who was commissioned for a number of important projects, including the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. The venue with it's prominent and elegant Victorian setting with ornate vaulted ceiling, brass chandeliers and mahogany panelled walls is the ideal setting for this celebration of contemporary art that is the London Art Biennale.
More info: www.londonbiennale.co.uk
Christine A. Allan recieved an AWARD OF MERIT at the Chianciano Biennale 2013 held Sept 7 - 14 at Museo d'Arte di Chianciano Terme, Viale della Liberta' 280 53042 Chianciano (SI), Italy
Thousands of visitors attended the event that was very favourably recieved by the public and the critics. The Mayor of Chianciano Terme, Prof. Gabriella Ferranti, stated that the Biennale has become the most important event in Chianciano and is an international beacon for Chianciano.
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