Hello & Welcome!
Hi, I'm Christine Gallagher but you can call me Chris as all my friends do. As you may have guessed by now, I am an Artist - self taught, and an independent art tutor. I am also a fine art painter and have had my work displayed at the Mall Galleries as part of the prestigious Columbia Threadneedle Prize exhibition in 2016 and have gone on to sell my work overseas and to UK buyers via independent and joint exhibitions in the UK. So, why do I do what I do...?
Well, in short, Pictures. I am someone who is surrounded by them in my home, goes to look at them in museums and galleries and am therefore also driven to create them too!
Why? ...I can't bear 'BARENESS'! ...who wants to look at a blank wall? In my opinion (and it is only that), your living space should be an oasis of self expression and validation where your personality is refected back at you from every surface in every room; whether that be in artwork on the walls or the furniture you sit on. I am a great endorser of William Morris's assertion that you should "have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful".
My work aims to be a celebration of a life less ordinary, often steeped in nostalgia, evoking bittersweet memories of our shared histories on this journey we all fondly call life.
I have been teaching art as an independent tutor since 2007, running courses and workshops for students and adults of all ages and ability levels. Due to these uncertain times where gatherings aren't always possible, I have taken my teaching online and I am now teaching the methods I use to create my own work via a range of courses...find out more.