The stories of the catastrophic floods that destroyed so much of Lismore in February 2022 have been publicly described in the mass media and on social media.
This series of small paintings is one of the very smallest stories of the flood. My friend Marie had, in three formerly out-of-flood storage units, the contents of her second hand bookshop, her vintage clothes business, and a lifetime of personal items and furniture packed up ready for her to move house. They were all inundated. Rescuing, then cleaning, Maries eclectic china collection felt like the flood experience in microcosm. As each piece was restored, its beauty shone out – like those parts of Lismore that make our town so special, that are also being slowly being restored. With each piece saved, hope felt more possible, as too does the town emerge from the mud of this disaster.
Christine Porter is a full time professional artist living in Lismore, in northern NSW, with a practice that takes her across Australia's heartland. She is well known for her depiction of the iconic Australian shearing shed, however she also makes artwork in response to her life experiences such as the recent Lismore flooding. She is a painter, printmaker teacher and writer.
1990- 2022 Ongoing self-employment as a full-time professional artist – painter, printmaker, teacher, writer.
2020 Australian Artist Representative Fabriano in Acquarello, Fabriano Italy
2014 Casual Academic, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2011- 2014 University of Southern Qld; McGregor Schools Tutor
2007-2008 Painting and exhibiting trips to UK
2006 Bachelor Visual Arts, Southern Cross University, Lismore
2001 established printmaking editioning studio - Full Moon Editions
established professional development consultation and coaching business: Success and the Business of Artwork
1998 established publishing company – Full Moon Publications
1996 elected exhibiting member: Australian Watercolour Institute
1990-2019 Toastmaster’s International, including competing to division level, Advanced Communicator Silver awarded 2014
1991-2022 Conducted various workshops and speaking engagements in Australia and overseas
I am influenced by what is around me. Having had, as my first teachers, proponents of traditional image making, it's easy to presume that the topographical is skin deep. However, a visual arts degree has layered a new way of telling stories.
When it comes to artists I admire: the realists currently and in the past; watercolourists who paint things, places and feelings; and the marks made by any artist comfortable in their own artistic skin.
Her artwork has received more than 300 awards including the McGregor Fellowship for international travel from the University of Southern Qld.
She has been collected by the National Gallery of Australia, the Brisbane City Council and many regional public, corporate collections Australia-wide, and private collections globally.
Selected Major Prizes
2022 International Finalist, 7th Edition International Watercolour Biennial 2022, Fabriano Italy
2020 Arts Northern Rivers Micro Grant Recipient – develop on-line teaching program
2019 Best in Show, Australian Watercolour Muster (National Award)
2018 Honourable Mention Sixth International Contemporary Miniprint of Kazanlak Bulgaria
2015 The Stockwell Weber Foundation Award Blackall Heartland Festival
2014 The Inverell Art Prize
2012 Finalist John Villiers Walzting Matilda Outback Art Show, Winton Qld
2009 Finalist Country Energy Award for Landscape Painting
2006 McGregor Art Fellowship from the University of Southern Queensland for travel to the UK in 2007
1986-2020 more than 200 prizes and awards at various art competitions Australia-wide
Permanent Collection - Museo National de la Acuarela Mexico City; Fabriano Museum watercolour collection, Italy: National Gallery of Australia; Brisbane City Council; University of Southern Queensland; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Lismore City Council; Queensland Arts Council; Lismore Regional Art Gallery; Waggamba, Cloncurry, Barcaldine, Blackall Councils. Corporate Collections: Canson Australia, Melbourne; United Service Club, Brisbane; Australian Police Force, Canberra; Daily News, Warwick; Private collections globally
Christine's career has included forty solo exhibitions hosted by regional and commercial galleries as well as in artist-run spaces. She has been included in many international and national group exhibitions.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021 “Nundubbermere” Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
2020 The Working Shed Gympie Regional Gallery
2019 The Hundredth Shed NERAM, Armidale
2017 Shadowing Tom Inverell Regional Art Gallery
2011 Small Milestones 75 George St The Rocks Sydney
2008 British Breeds The Royal Highland Show Edinburgh Scotland
I couldn’t see the landscape for the fields Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Qld
The Carelessness of Exile Tweed River Regional Gallery Murwillumbah NSW
2007 Other people’s treasures Randolf Galleries, Edinburgh Scotland
2005 Sheds, tanks and Shearers: a portrait of rural Australia, Salmon Galleries Sydney
2001 Christine Porter - ten years: one thousand paintings, Lismore Regional Art Gallery
1990-2001 various venues Goondiwindi, Qld; Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Qld; The Moree Gallery, NSW
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Mud and Ink (Proposed) selected Northern Rivers printmakers, curated by Steven Giese
2015 Twenty Summers Inverlochy Art School Invitational exhibition. Wellington New Zealand
2012-13 8th British International Mini Print Exhibition London (curated by the Printmakers Council, London) -touring
2013 100 years of watercolour Melbourne (curated by Richard Watson)
2004 The CMAG Collection : Studio One Prints. Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra (curated by Mark Van Veen)
2001 [e] folio Lismore Regional Art Gallery (commissioned by Jan Davis for the Lismore Regional Art Gallery Foundation)
1998 Australian in New York, New York, USA (curated by Simonne Jameson)
Various curated group exhibitions with the Australian Watercolour Institute including:
1998- 2022 Annual Exhibitions
2014-2015 Across the Water: China Australia Modern Masters of Watercolour Zhujiajiao, Shenzhen China: Sydney, Australia
2012-13 Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition. Taiwan, Sydney
2010 Wattle Thistle and Rose: The Finest Watercolourists of Australia, England and Scotland Wollongong City Gallery
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