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Christine Lawley

Artist Statement

I work mainly in watercolours and pastels, because I am trying to draw and paint' with light'. My watercolour paintings are small and precise, my pastels big and bold, because I love a contrast of scale, technique and medium. Captivated by urban themes since I was taught by Harold Riley at Saturday classes and attending school in the Strangeways area, my inspiration is my fellow north- west artists L. S. Lowry, Liam Spencer, Theodore Major, etc And from my heroes of art, Vermeer and Hopper.

Biography

Born Salford, 1947. Christine attended the High School of Art (500 yards from Mirabel Studios) 1960 - 65. She graduated with a Fine Art Degree from Wimbledon College of Art in 1969 and Returned to Manchester in 1970 to attain a teaching diploma. She taught Art & Design in high schools for 34 years until retirement 6 years ago. Since the 1990s, she has focused on painting and drawing and developing her art career. She has Exhibited mainly two-person and group shows in galleries around Manchester. These include: - The Blyth Gallery, Colin Jellicoe, The Everyman, & Revolve. Christine regularly publishes a calendar featuring her views of Manchester for charity (Francis House, Didsbury) In 2011, she held a mini - exhibition of her Didsbury paintings in the Didsbury Arts Festival.