We are delighted to present Jonathan Christie’s first solo exhibition with The Scottish Gallery, Sky Sea Land. We first met Christie when he exhibited with St Jude’s as part of our 175th anniversary celebrations in 2017. His was a distinct, compelling phrase in the rich orchestration of the group.
Christie’s paintings are all inspired by real places and objects, but in the memory, reimagined, conflated, obscured and elucidated. His technique is the clear handmaid to the evocation of what he himself describes as, “a personal Genius Loci, that asks us to contemplate and look beneath the surface.”
Deploying watercolour, graphite and sgraffito on a gesso board, he will incise, distress, glaze and wash, but always guided by the powerful impulse of drawing. In this way the paintings emerge from change and development, traces of their genesis apparent at completion.
A ceramic dog is reanimated by the poetic congruity of its appearance in front of the Southwold lighthouse; Orion’s shape is traced onto a moonlit compotier of lemons; a marbled cup lends its pattern to a winding coastal path. These are the charms of Christie’s vision, at once incisive and delicate, the working of imagination on memory.
Black-Sailed Ship View details
Black-Sailed Ship2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:23cm W:33.5cm£760Boy with Grapes: After Duccio View details
Boy with Grapes: After Duccio2018watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:24cm W:24cm£675Cornish Rooftops View details
Cornish Rooftops2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:30cm W:7cm£550Four Forms (Night) View details
Four Forms (Night)2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:35cm W:29.5cm£845The Ghosts That Were There: San Sebastiano, Venice View details
The Ghosts That Were There: San Sebastiano, Venice2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:42cm W:32cm£945Harbour Study #1: St Ives, Smeaton's Pier View details
Harbour Study #1: St Ives, Smeaton's Pier2018watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:14cm W:18cm£560Harbour Study #2: Port Isaac View details
Harbour Study #2: Port Isaac2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:14cm W:17cmSoldInterior with Striped Mug View details
Interior with Striped Mug2019watercolour, gesso & graphite on boardH:33.5cm W:27.5cm£850Llanigon: View to the Mountains View details