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The Red Studio

January 9, 2021 - February 27, 2021

A Black Tie Affair by Robert Christie, 2020

An exhibition surveying the past decade of art making by renowned painter Robert Christie of Saskatoon.

Playful – Dynamic – Beautiful

Engaging the viewer in a compelling, purely visual experience is the primary outcome of a painting by Robert Christie. Using a creative process of exploration and development, each work goes through a rigorous negotiation of formal elements including all the dimensions of colour, texture, edge, proportion, and real and implied space. There is a building up and taking away of parts to discover the resulting composition. Christie does not make a presupposed picturesque composition within a frame; the resulting object is a discovered composition.

Robert Christie is an important artist and art professional in Saskatchewan and western Canada. Born in 1946 and raised in Saskatoon. Christie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967, an Honours Degree in Visual Art from the University of Saskatchewan in 1968 and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970. He has participated in several Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops and served as workshop coordinator through most of the 1980s. Christie was a participant in Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Pine Plains New York; a guest artist at the Thapong International Artists’ Workshop, Kanye, Botswana in 1992 and a participant at the Mashomak Artists’ Workshop, Pine Plains, New York in 1993. In addition to his 35-year tenure as co-owner of The Gallery / Art Placement, he has also made significant contributions to several institutions in Saskatoon. He was the first Education Officer of the newly opened Mendel Art Gallery, an art teacher in the Saskatoon Public school system in the early 1970s, former Director of the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, and a Sessional and Term lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan from 1977-1988. In addition to these formal roles, he has also been, and continues to be, a steadfast champion of Saskatchewan artists, writing about, curating and promoting their art locally, provincially and nationally. His own artwork has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada since 1969 and his paintings are represented in both public and private collections across the country and abroad.

This exhibition is organized by Art Gallery of Swift Current with curator Kim Houghtaling.
This exhibition will be presented at Art Gallery of Swift Current in 2021 and the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in 2023.
A printed publication and media documentary for this exhibition will be available.



January 9, 2021
February 27, 2021
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Art Gallery of Swift Current
411 Herbert Street East
Swift Current, SK S9H 1M5

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