In Pictures: Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition

Angie O'Reilly, Christine Trueman and Debbie Hughes-Johnston
Angie O'Reilly, Christine Trueman and Debbie Hughes-Johnston
Susan Picken
Angie O'Reilly
Anne Carson and Carrie Neely
Carrie Neely and Jill O'Neill
Carrie Neely
Christine Trueman and Carrie Neely
Christine Trueman and Joyce Craig
Christine Trueman and Joyce Craig
Christine Trueman and Lauren Dempsey
Christine Trueman
Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition launch at the QFT
Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition launch at the QFT
Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition launch at the QFT
Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition launch at the QFT
Christine Trueman's 'Screen Lovers' exhibition launch at the QFT
Ciara O'Connor
Claire Hart
Clare Jordan
David Mills and Lisa McCausland
Debbie Hughes-Johnston
Denise McBay and Anne Carson
Denize McKeown
Fiona Steele
Gemma-Louise Bond
Gina Potter
Jill O'Neill
Joyce Craig
Krystina Liddell and Lee Boyd
Leah Archibald and Ben Martin
Lewis Cameron
Lindsey Campbell and Ronan Byrne
Louise Vance
Lynne Gregg
Maggie Shaw and Fiona Steele
Maggie Shaw
Martin and Claire Hart
Professor Karen Fleming
Roy Rennix and Clare Jordan
Ruth Boyd and Professor Karen Fleming
Ruth Boyd
Sara Neill
Sara O'Neill

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.

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