Norfolk and the city of Norwich has always been my home base. In recent years I have continued my fine art practice as a painter from my large and light filled garden studio at home in Norwich. I also advise students on their own art practice on a one to one basis or in small groups.

 

I also continue to maintain my profile as an exhibiting artist. I have exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, made successful applications when given a brief, and have undertaken commissioned work. I have also curated and managed exhibitions for other artist groups as well as contributing to the continuing presence of an artists' studio co-operative in Norwich and held the role of chair for this organisation for a number of years. I was also a committee member of the annual North Norfolk Exhibition Project at Salthouse in Norfolk and successful in my applications to exhibit with the project on a number of occasions. I have work held in private collections. I have teaching experience in both workshops and individual tuition and established The Artree Studio Club in 2009 (along with another artist at that time) which offered tuition to a small group of students. I continue to run the studio club from my  purpose built, garden studio.

I work with two main mediums, oil glazes and egg tempera. I love the transparency and subtleties of colour that are achievable with the traditional use of oil glazes and the sense of light that seems to emanate from within the painting through multiple layers. Early painters such as Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez and modern painters such as the late English metaphysical painter Cecil Collins and the Scottish contemporary painter Ken Currie, whom I studied in some depth, each used oil glazes and inspired my work with this method.

I also like to sketch and draw in detail as a means of recording visual information and developing ideas for painting as well to produce fully resolved works, exploring the varying densities of graphite on paper. Drawing is a valuable entry point to my painting which begins with photographs, sketches and observational drawings to investigate aspects of the each work before committing to paint. The painting of an image for me begins with a spark of inspiration, intuition, an inner recognition of something from a visual experience, a place, objects, buildings, figures, textures or colours. I collect and consider memories, visual patterns, forms, colour, texture and emotion and proceed on a journey, guided by a silent inner intuition trusting that, through the painting process, a final image will come to fruition.

 

After many years of using oil glazes my painting practice has evolved. Difficulties and challenges in my life have been catalysts for change not only in life but also my in my work. Consequently my relationship with painting has deepened and has led to a better understanding of its challenges and its potential to offer something to those who view my work as well as bringing sustenance for my own life.

 

My experience with oil glazing provided an entry point into the use of egg tempera, another traditional medium which was historically superseded the use of oil paints. Over recent years this has become my primary and preferred medium. The two mediums are very different materially but provide the same opportunity to build an image with the multi-layering of opaque or translucent colour. I enjoy the demands of working with egg tempera, a meditative process, exacting and time consuming, requiring layers of finely detailed, gentle but expressive mark making, culminating in delicate, graduating layers of colour. For me there is an other-worldly quality to be achieved with egg tempera painting and this has lent itself to a further development in my practice which coincided with my adoption of this medium. A simple challenge from a student to produce a painting based on landscape along with the adoption of egg tempera as a medium, began a shift in my relationship to painting and this combination has provided a rich source of inspiration for my art practice. 

 

The use of egg tempera draws me to the quiet layering of paint and an appreciation of the beauty of detail, and subtle changes of colour. I use a limited palette and rely on this to achieve the variation of colour and tone in an organic process of combining initial colours, then adding further colour to the original mix. This produces a progressive development of tone which ensures a close relationship between one area and another and supports the calm, meditative atmosphere of my work. 

 

The image that finally evolves, emerges from the layering of colours and tones that form the core of my enduring pleasure in painting, regardless of the subject matter. The final image is very rarely clear to me at the onset of a piece of work. One transparent or opaque colour over or against another, one shape in relation to another and the image develops. The challenge is to create light, shadow, form and texture through this layering process, absorbing and transforming visual clues from the physical world and reflecting them back to the viewer through landscape to offer a sense of other.

 

Currently artists that are influential to my work are Gustav Klimt for his lesser known landscapes, British artists Eric Ravilious, John Nash and two members of the British group of artists, the Ruralists, Anne Ovenden and David Inshaw and two British contemporary artists that work in this medium, James Lynch and Anna Sweeten.  Another English artist has remained with me since my times as a student, the British metaphysical painter Cecil Collins. 

 

 

I have also been greatly encouraged by looking at the work of artists that are known for the use of egg tempera, American artists, Andrew Wyeth, George Tooker and Robert Vickrey, Irish artist Fergus Ryan.

 

In conclusion two inspirational quotes from the late Fergus Ryan, the Irish egg tempera artist.

 

‘I think my primary emotion is a sort of solitude in timelessness, an experience of time suspended for a measurable moment, a glimpse of the ‘presence of absence’.

 

‘But the ancient landscape is far from empty, it is everywhere filled with ‘the presence of absence’.

 

CHRISTINE ALLMAN

Mentors
  • Fine art:   1996 -2002 Ken Back R.A.
     
  • Writing:   1997 - 2000 Maria Beston Art Historian

Art education

  • 2001 - 2003 Norwich School of Art & Design

       M.A.Fine Art

 

  • 1997 - 2001 Nowich School of Art & Design

       BA Honours Degree Fine Art, 2.1

       Commendation for Dissertation

 

  • 1997  Wensum Lodge Adult Education Centre, Norwich

       Art & Design Ceramics GCSE ‘O’ Level

 

  • 1997 Norwich City College

       Art & Design: Historical and Critical GCSE ‘A’ Level

 

  • Norwich School of Art & Design

       Foundation Studies, BTEC Diploma

 

 

Exhibitions

2021 Sept November  Norwich Festival Open studios and participation in Open Studios taster exhibition at the Forum, Norwich.  

 

2021 21-31 October Chalk*Clay*Sand*Salt 

Contemporary art exhibition running alongside events at Cromer Community Centre, open daily to visitors from 21 – 31 October, 10.30 to 4pm.     

2015 October - Institute of East Anglian Artists Open             Submission Exhibition, hosted by The Picturecraft Gallery, Holt. Norfolk.

2020 November My work titled ‘Shadow’ included in The Discerning Eye Exhibition,Parker Harris, London.

 

2020 Autumn My work titled ‘Shadow’ highly commended The John Hurt Art Prize, Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk

 

2019 February Gallery 21. Reepham, Norfolk, Solo exhibition for one month

 

2018 May-June Norwich Festival Open Studios

 

2018 May June Norwich Festival, Open Studios curated exhibition at the Theatre Royal

Norwich

2017 May /June – Norfolk Open Studios and Forum Taster Exhibition

 

2017 May/June – Norfolk Open Studios Theatre Royal Exhibition

 

2015 October - Institute of East Anglian Artists Open             Submission Exhibition, hosted by The Picturecraft Gallery, Holt. Norfolk.

2015 September - Underground, Looking Twice, Lonely Arts Club, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2014 October - Autumn Show - Lonely Arts Club Autumn  show, Nuns Yard and Yallops, St. Augustines, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2014 August /September - Un Imaginable - Lonely Arts Club, The Undercroft, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2014 April - Solo show,The Swan House, Beccles, Norfolk.

2014 - Norwich Contemporary Arts - open exhibition, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2013 November - Artree Studio Club, The Red Light Gallery, Grapes Hill View, Norwich, Norfolk. 

 

2013 September/October - Solo exhibition of paintings and drawings, Wymondham Arts Centre, Wymondham, Norfolk.

2013 June/July - Anteros Foundation Open Summer Exhibition, Norwich, Norfolk. (Also see prizes and awards)

 

2013 April/May - Evolution of Angels St. Peter Hungate Art Museum, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2012 September - SLASH @ Wymondham Art Centre, artists Christine Allman, Kathryn and Dennis Caswell, Aidan Abernethy,and David Kenyon, Wymondham, Norfolk. 

 

2011 August - SLASH @ Wymondham Art Centre, artists

Christine Allman, Kathryn and Dennis Caswell, Anna MacRae and Aidan Abernethy, Wymondham, Norfolk.

 

2011 July - Elements: Material World, The Forum, City Centre, Norwich, Norfolk.

2010 December - Solo exhibition, The Swan House, Beccles, Norfolk.

2010 September - Lonely Arts Club ‘10’, The Forum, City Centre, Norwich, Norfolk

2010 July/August - Salthouse 10, Landmark, Celebrating 10yr Aniversary, NNEP, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk.

 

 

2010 May -Launch & Open Studios ZEROEAST Art Studios, 

Norwich, Norfolk.

2009 July - The Lonely Arts Club ‘09’ , The Forum, City Centre, Norwich, Norfol

 

2008 July/August - SLASH at WAS, artists Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich, artists Christine Allman, Kathryn Caswell and Dennis Caswell, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2008 June/July - Wunderkammer Festival, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich.

 

2008 May - An Invisible Sun, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich, Norfolk

 

2008 May - Open Studios, Warehouse Artists Studios

Norwich, Norfolk.

2007 June - SLASH @ St. Margaret's Church, Norwich, Norfolk.

2007 Jan/Feb - Warehouse Artists Studios 'Winter Festival 07’ exhibition, workshops, talks and events, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2006 March - Solo show, The Swan House, Beccles, Norfolk.

2005 September - Fringe at the Factory, Norwich Fringe Festival,

Norwich, Norfolk.

2005 July/August - Salthouse 05, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk.

2005 May - Warehouse Open Studios, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich, Norfolk

 

2005 February - Warehouse on the Wash, artists from the Warehouse Artists Studios, King’s Arts Centre, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

 

2004 November - ‘Unfold’, Solo show, gallery talk, slide seminar and student tutorials, Hay Gallery, Colchester Institute of Art & Design, Colchester, Essex

 

2004 Sept/October - Fringe at the Factory, Norwich Fringe Festival, Norwich, Norfolk.

2004 August - Salthouse 04, Salthouse Church, Salthouse, Norfolk.

 

2004 May - Norfolk Open Studios 2004, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2004 May - Suffolk Open Studios 2004, Stables Gallery, Diss, Norfolk.

 

2004 April - The Ken Back Legacy, exhibition of work by the students of Ken Back R.A, Graham & Oldham Artist’s Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk.

2004 March - Solo show, The Swan House, Beccles, Norfolk.

 

2003 September - M.A.Fine Art, Final Show, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Norfolk.

2003 April - Uncertain Histories- Elements Of Danger. East Wing Gallery, Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 

 

2003 March - M.A. Interim show, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich Norfolk.

 

2002 August - M.A. Interim show, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Norfolk.

2002 March - Solo show, The Swan House, Beccles, Norfolk

2002 March - Treading Boards, The Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

2002 February - M.A. Interim show, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2001 July - B.A Degree Final Show, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2000 November -  Figuratively Speaking, Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

1996 Spring - Work by Norwich School of Art & Design Students, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, Norfolk

 

 

Awards and Prizes

2013 - The Anteros Open Summer Exhibition Painting Prize

 

2002 - The Association of Art Historians Essay Prize 2002, for essay Palimpsest A Pornography of Wounds, in association with The Department of  History, The Arts Centre, University of Nottingham. 

 

 

 
 
Publications & Reviews

2002 - Abstact of Palimpsest A Pornography of Wounds  published in the Asssociation of Art Historians journal.

 

2003 July -  Book review of Drapery, Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture, written by Gen Doy, (Professor of Visual Culture at De Montford University) published in 'Textiles' journal distributed in both the United Kingdom and  United States America.   

Talks

2014 Jan - Elements: Material Worlds, Norwich Contemporary Arts 2014, Meet the Artists. Talks by participating artists over three days, The Forum, Norwich, Norfolk.

2004 November - ‘Unfold’, Solo show, gallery talk, slide seminar and student tutorials, Hay Gallery, Colchester Institute of Art & Design, Colchester, Essex

Workshops

2008 June/ July - Wunderkammer Festival, Warehouse Artists Studios, Norwich.  Artists Studios, Norwich, Norfolk.

 

2007 Jan/Feb - Warehouse Artists Studios 'Winter Festival 07’, oil glazing demonstration, talk, slides and workshop,  

 

2004 November - ‘Unfold’, Solo show,  oil glazing demonstration, Hay Gallery, Colchester Institute of Art & Design, Colchester, Essex

Teaching History

 I began The Art Tree Studio Club in 2009. It grew from the belief that every individual has a unique capacity for creative development whatever their age or ability. Adopting the image of a tree as its logo the 'art tree' as a concept represents the intuitive and organic development of the artist and their art.' I continue to teach students from my studio on this basis.