Miller Fenwood Fine Arts is proud to present “The Geography of Land and Sea” by Christine Sullivan. The opening is June 15, 6:30 – 8:30.
With a degree in physical geography and studio art from Plymouth State University, Sullivan worked as the Chief Cartographer for Marshall Penn-York, a larger map-making company, and then transitioned to advertising, before she was finally recruited in 1994 to help launch a new cable television network, The Golf Channel. 15 years later she walked away from it to pick up the paintbrush and become a full-time artist.
In 2011 her work gained acceptance into several prestigious regional group exhibitions including one at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. In 2013, the Gargiulo Art Foundation named Sullivan their “Artist of the Year in 2013” and awarded her a solo exhibition. In 2015, she was awarded a merit-based grant to attend The Vermont Studio Center’s 4-Week Artist Residency program. In July of that year she was juried into her third Rochester-Finger Lakes show and was awarded the Oxford Gallery Award by juror Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. This was followed by her solo show in August at the Oils By The Sea / ROCCAPRIORE GALLERY in Provincetown, MA and in September she was awarded a jurors award for two of her large scale works in the Southern Tier Biennia. Shortly thereafter, she gave her first artist talk at the Memorial Art Gallery / Museum entitled, “The Geography of Color.”
In February of 2016, Sullivan spent four weeks almost “off the grid” at the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency Program experimenting with new ideas and concepts fueled by her explorations of the deep granite rock quarries of Barre, Vermont and her early years studying local geography, topography and cartography. Helpful guidance and profound influence was received from studio visits by the highly acclaimed artists David Kapp, Marie Lorenz, Kevin Appel and Xaviera Simmons.
Currently, Sullivan lives and works in Columbus, Indiana – a small yet vibrant city about an hour south of Indianapolis and internationally known for its architecture and design. Her studio is at 217 Washington Street within the Arts & Entertainment District.
“The Geography of Land and Sea” brings to the canvas a new ethos which Sullivan refers to as “universal current.” There is a common theme shaping the crust of the earth, the migration of clouds, the tips of trees, the brush of wind, and that theme is the passing of energy. This flow resonates in all manner, inert and living, and can be thought of as the earth’s electrical current, or heartbeat, as it has the same ability to give a glimpse into its health. Scenes were inspired by Cape Cod, Indiana, as well as Italy due to a recent trip there. “The Geography of Land and Sea” will include at least 15 oil on linen paintings, a good representation of which can be found below. Our Miller Fenwood customs frame will adorn all.