It was movie magic at the recent glam launch of local, contemporary artist Christine Trueman’s new body of work. Her solo exhibition 'Screen Lovers', inspired by the 85th anniversary of the Oscars, was launched by Carrie Neely Contemporary Art at an Oscars themed night in the QFT.
Style seekers were able to kick back in the cool surrounds of the QFT and indulge in select, scrumptious bites and beverages from event sponsor, California Coffee, whilst enjoying eye-popping iconic portraits of models and movie stars. Christine’s new eclectic collection of modern paintings and prints features silver screen sirens from the Golden Age of Hollywood Glamour such as Ava Gardner, Lauren Bacall, Audrey Hepburn and the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe. Other icons captured from that dazzling era include the devilishly handsome leading men Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, and there was no better way to appreciate these works on the night than with a Red Berry Crush cocktail reception courtesy of Jameson.
At the heart of Christine’s work lies a signature mix of simple, definable expressions with bold, highly textured colours, which reveals vibrantly fresh, yet instantly recognisable, subject matter. Christine comments: “The last few months have taken me on an incredible journey of colour, my passion, and creativity. A lot of my work is very spontaneous and I like to be driven by the emotion of the moment. When I look back at my new collection, I can see that this spontaneity has allowed emotions to dictate a lot more of the work than I was aware of - it’s fascinating.”
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 also proved a massive hit at West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK and was bought by local fashionista Cathy Martin for her personal collection.