I generally do not approach a blank sheet of paper or canvas with a set notion of what my end result will be. I paint with a water based medium on canvas and paper. I paint with many different water based paints and use a very explosive gestural line in my work. I rarely use paint brushes and mainly paint with my hands. I have never forgot the wonder and textural feeling of finger painting in kindergarten If I were to place my work in a genre it would be contemporary expressionism as I have been deeply influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists. Hans Hofman, Mark Rothko, Elaine and William de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler and Cy Twombly to name a few.
“Three Koi In The Pond,” was selected as a finalist in the Abstract/Experimental category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 34th Annual Art Competition. “Three Koi In The Pond” was chosen out of over 5700 entries. Michael Woodson, Associate Editor of Artist’s Magazine stated that “it is truly an achievement that your work ‘Three Koi In The Pond’ was among the ones to be sent to the jurors.”
I have developed a definite personal style and that style is what I bring to a new work. My work has been described as playful, spiritual and happy. James Nelson from The Birmingham News in Alabama stated in his review of a solo exhibition I had at the Monty Stabler Gallery, that “Christine Alfery’s works are carefree, impulsive, vivacious, sometimes monochromatic, more often colorful, and always executed with a touch of humor. A stroll through the gallery is like walking in a English garden, a place where colorful plants turn space into a freewheeling exploration of nature. ”
“General Sherman Tree- Sequoa National Park” was awarded a merit award in the exhibition, Alive in the Arts at the Plymouth Arts Center in Plymouth WI. Juror Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions for the Museum of Wisconsin Art, made this statement about “General Sherman Tree:” Bold. Gestural painting with vigor and restraint simultaneously. The strength and nature of the tree comes across very well indeed.”
Kathryn Petke, MFA, stated that “Christine Alfery’s energetic brushstrokes, subtle colors and delicate line work metaphorically vibrates the life that exists and is growing in the ‘Eagle’s Nest.’”
“Colored Leaves In The Grass” “This large scale watercolor is an exceptional mix of spontaneity and expressiveness, combined with the ethereal beauty of a colorful garden. It seems simultaneously carefree and carefully composed, and the palette is both understated and lush.” Laura Fiser Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Paine Art Center – Oshkosh, WI.
“End of The Day” Best of Show Manito Art League, Manitowish Waters, WI.
“One of the things I most admire about painters is the ability to develop a unique language to express something deeply felt but not apparent. In This work, the gestural marks work like calligraphy and refer to the Asian tradition and sensibility in which each touch of the hand describes a growth, a blook, and decay. These marks perfectly pair with the subject matter, an old tree, and even though the tree isn’t represented form one point of view with the light falling on it, I feel its life cycle, its structure, its energy and its release into surrounding space. I like how some of the lines that seem to be shed branches contain little bits of energy ready to be released. This is a very encouraging and wise work that also display, like a very adroit dancer, a great sense of timing, an elegance of movement, and knowing mark-making that bravely delves into the medium’s fluidity and freedom, and yet hits the mark right on every time it meets the surface. “ Judge Diane Budde, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Marathon County.
“Winter Light: Downy’s and Birches” won an Award Of Excellence at the 22nd Annual Midwest Seasons Exhibition. Denise Presneill-Weidner stated that “Winter Light, Downy’s and Birches is the kind of piece that just draws you into a different world. The layers of subtle color, along with the expressive, active line work results in a piece you can spend some time with.”
Scott Stullen from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN judged my work “Summer Grasses” as Best Of Show. He stated that, “Christine Alfery’s piece “Summer Grasses” is an expressive take on the traditional still life/landscape painting motif. Bright circles of color dance within deep black scrawls, while black and white stripes dart between drippy white washes. The aggressive marks create dense pockets of activity and then die out into the white void. The painting easily slips between abstraction and representation and then back, revealing new depths with each visit. The evidence of the artist’s hand is present throughout the piece, from frantic gestures to long finger swipes through the background. The personal scale of the piece creates a one-to-one relationship with the viewer, confronting you as you stand before it. I felt compelled to trace the artist’s hand, retracing the record of activity. The overall painting mixes a formal grace with direct application of the materials to create stunning and mature work. “Summer Grasses” is my choice for Best in Show for tackling a traditional subject and imbuing it with a skillfully- executed and fresh perspective.
“Celebrate – Celebrate – Dance To The Music.” “The combination of color and texture create a unified composition with both abstract and pictorial elements. There is an almost whimsical quality to the line work.” Brian Borchardt, Smith Scarabocchio Art Museum.
Christine’s work is “playful and has a nice energy.” Stephen Quiller, AWS.
“So much energy.” Nate Wilson, Nicolette College, Rhinelander, WI.
Nancy Lamers, Professor of Art at Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI as a juror judged two works for Best of Show. “This award was the most difficult to choose because I had to select from two marvelous pieces by the same