Screen Lovers by Christine Trueman

20130219-172603.jpgLocal, contemporary artist Christine Trueman is back with a brand new body of work. Her solo exhibition ‘Screen Lovers’, inspired by the 85th anniversary of the Oscars, will be launched by Carrie Neely Contemporary Art at an Oscar themed night in the QFT on Sunday 24 February.

Sponsored by California Coffee, Christine’s new collection of modern, electric paintings and screen prints will feature silver screen sirens from the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour such as Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe. Other icons captured from that dazzling era are the devilishly handsome leading men Clark Gable, Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart.

Already recognised for her eye-popping iconic portraits of models and movie stars, ‘Screen Lovers’ reflects Christine’s continued journey and signature mix of simple, definable expressions with bold, highly textural colours. These colours are then infused into compositions which are abstract to varying degrees yet instantly recognisable. Citing Pop art and artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein as well as local artists, free styler Neil Shawcross and bold texture fan Leo Casement, as her main influencers, Christine’s blend of hue and free textured strokes bring a vibrant freshness to her style.

Christine’s love for the face, intriguingly, is rooted in her poor ability to remember names but also comments: “I am fascinated with our primitive instinct to catalogue types of features and how babies are programmed to study subtle differences in faces for early recognition.”

When it comes to Christine’s play on colour, her sophisticated breaking of the rules regarding tonal values reflects her true passion. She comments: “Colour is such an important role in my work, in fact in my life generally. Subtlety has never been my strong point and I’m always attracted to art that ‘shouts’ at me and demands my attention. I spend a long time deciding on individual colours for each piece or series of paintings. How the colours relate to each other is crucial.”

Christine is no stranger to the local Belfast arts scene and has gained a lot of press and publicity for her work with paintings often being snapped up before the paint has even dried. Her popularity has even led to her producing a painting of local 50’s songstress Ruby Murray live on the first ever episode of BBC NI’s magazine show ‘Out of the Blue’. Christine’s ‘Kate Moss’ piece has also proved a massive hit at West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK and was bought by local fashionista Cathy Martin for her personal collection.

With both feet firmly on the ground, in demand Christine cites her smartphone as her best friend; her album cataloguing of random snaps means everything to her and her inspiration. Constantly experimenting, Christine comments: “A lot of my work is very spontaneous, I like to be driven by the emotion of the moment. When I return to a painting, I can see that the spontaneity has allowed emotions to dictate a lot more of the work than I was aware of.”

Christine Trueman’s ‘Screen Lovers’ exhibition launches at ‘Oscars Night’ on Sunday 24 February 2013 at 7pm in the QFT, 20 University Square, Belfast with a cocktail reception courtesy of Jameson. The exhibition runs until Friday 8 March.

For more information about Christine’s work, please call Carrie Neely Fine Art on 028 9020 5917 or 07983 430763, or email Alternatively, contact Christine directly via

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