Christina Painter, b. 1960, DeLand, FL, was educated at Stetson University, The Art Students League of New York, Franco Francesconi Residency in Ceramic, Pietrasanta, Italy, Philadelphia University Textile Intensive, and has studied with portraitist Daniel Greene in NYC.
Pattern and color dance through her work in playful synchrony. Texture draws us in. It is not surprising that these formal artistic qualities would be well explored in Ms. Painter’s work. Christina, (the world of couture knew her by her first name) was a top international model for the Ford and Wilhemina agencies and appeared in advertising for dozens of major brands in Europe and the U.S. throughout the 1980s and 90s.
She uses vintage laces pressed into porcelain and fired in her kiln to become wall-mounted or sculptural pieces.
Some of these get broken down in fragments which in turn become the elements from which the artist creates her recent series of bas-relief expressionist portraits which she refers to as quaintrelles. An online dictionary defines the word quaintrelle as: “A woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.”
In Painter’s homage to Marlene Dietrich, Marlene, porcelain on board, 31" x 19" x .75", the subject is drenched in attitude and style, regarding us from behind her cigarette holder against a super-saturated pink background; a quaintrelle indeed.
The show will feature several large-scale figurative paintings in vinyl matte paint on paper. In a series of work called Alter Ego, strong lyrical lines define the self-referential subjects. They are rich in psychological content realized in complex floral and lace patterns pulsating in cobalt blue and pinks.
The most playful of Ms. Painter’s adorned, embellished and quirky “quaintrelles” are embodied in her mixed media sculptures of whimsical animals like Mon Cherie Chickadee, 18" x 6" x 15",whose paper-textured surface is decorated with intricate linear patterns and topped off by a crown of lavender boa feathers. The off-kilter stance and droll funkiness of her sculptures add an exclamation point of fun to Christina Painter’s compelling oeuvre. The quaintrelle element running through all of her work seems to be saying, “Use the china every day, stop and smell the roses and live life with passion and meaning.”
Christina Painter has exhibited in Florida, New York, and New England. Her work is in private collections throughout the U. S.