ARTISTIC INSIGHT – CHRISTINA KIM-SYMES
The paintings ‘Glow’, ‘Retreat’, ‘Pause’ and ‘Summer in Wimbledon’ displayed at Clyde & Co, reflect my time in London over the past three years. Although I love being in the city, at times I find myself pining for the peacefulness of the countryside. I made it my mission to visit as many of the local natural areas as possible and as often as possible, such as Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park, gaining much of my painting inspiration this way. Sometimes, however, I had to escape to the seaside, hence the pieces ‘Longing’ and ‘Solitude’!
Glow, 20x30cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
Summer in Wimbledon, 30x40cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
Pause, 20x30cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
Retreat, 20x25cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
‘Solitude’, 20x30cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
Longing, 20x30cm, oil on canvas, 2017.
Initially, photo editing tools are used to adjust the colour and contrast of photos taken on location, representing my elevated emotions experienced within the scenes depicted.
Before completing more refined pieces, watercolour experiments are created, sometimes on location in a small sketchbook, to explore composition and colour pallet. I enjoy the contrast between the immediateness and unpredictability of watercolour, and the more drawn out, controlled process of using oils.
Since graduating, I have been working on a series of paintings inspired by walks in the mountains of France and Switzerland during Summer 2017. ‘The Rain is Coming’, ‘Another Walk in the Mountains’ and ‘Undergrowth’ focus on the drama of the movement of the clouds and sun and the vastness of nature.
Switzerland and France. All watercolour/watercolour and masking fluid on watercolour paper, A5, August 2017.
‘The Rain is Coming’ – 50x50cm, oil on canvas, September 2017.
‘Another Walk in the Mountains’ Both oil on canvas, 20x25cm, September 2017.
I am delighted to have been selected to exhibit at the Clyde & Co Art Award 2017/18 and I look forward to completing the Professional Development Programme, alongside my studio work. I am encouraged to have had interest in my work since the Degree show, where I sold three paintings. As well as this, a limited-edition print of my 2016 oil painting titled ‘Estonia – Before the Storm’ was presented to The Most Reverend Urmas Viilma, Archbishop of Estonia, at his recent visit to the Diocese of Rochester, Kent, on September 24th 2017, to mark the 2017 celebration of the special partnership that exists between these two countries churches. The painting is from a series I created during a visit to Haapsalu, Estonia in 2015, and the original currently hangs framed in the House of Commons.
‘Estonia – Before the Storm’, 25x35cm, oil on canvas, 2016.
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