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Robert Christie

Robert Christie was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1946. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967, an Honours Degree in Art from the University of Saskatchewan in 1968 and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970. He participated in several of the Emma Lake Artists' Workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan beginning in 1969, and he was the coordinator of a number of the workshops in the 1980s. Christie was a participant in Triangle Artists' Workshop, Pine Plains New York; a guest artist at the Thapong International Artists' Workshop, Kanye, Botswana in 1992 and a participant at the Mashomak Artists' Workshop, Pine Plains, New York in 1993. The artist's work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada since 1969 and his work is represented in both public and private collections throughout Canada.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

(click to download CV in PDF format)

BORN:
1946 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

EDUCATION:
1964 Graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1967 Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1968 Honors Degree in Art, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1970 Bachelor of Education Degree, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION:
Attended the Emma Lake Artists' workshops: 1970 (Steiner); 1977 (Caro); 1979 (Elderfield and Dzubas);
1980 (Moffat and Houghto); 1981 (Bannard and McLean); 1982 (Boxer and Wolfe); 1984
(Scott and Tatransky); 1985 (Harmon and Wilkin); 1988 (Multiple Guest Participants)
1990 Attended the Triangle Artist's Workshop, Pine Plains, New York (participant)
1991 Attended the Tapong International Artists' Workshop, Kanye, Botswana (guest)
1992 Attended the Mashomak Artists' Workshop, Pine Plains, New York (invitational)

EMPLOYMENT:
1978-2013 Partner in a commercial art gallery, The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
1968-69 Education Officer, The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1970-72 Art Teacher (half time), Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1973-74 Art Teacher (half time), Aden Bowman Collegiate, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1977 -82 Sessional Lecturer, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1982 Taught Advanced Painting Workshop, Okanagan College, Kelowna, British Columbia
1983-85 Lecturer with Term, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1986 Lecturer, Spring Session, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
1986-88 Lecturer with Term, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1988 Resigned from the University of Saskatchewan

GRANTS AND AWARDS:
1970 Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant - Individual Assistance in Painting
1970-71 Canada Council Arts Bursary - Painting
1973-74 Canada Council Arts Bursary - Painting
1978-79 Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant - Individual Assistance in Painting
1979-80 Saskatchewan Arts Board Travel Grant - Visual Arts
1980-81 Canada Council Travel Grant - Visual Arts
1991 Saskatchewan Arts Board Grant - To establish studio in Vancouver
2003 Elected to Royal Canadian Academy of Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
1971 Marquis Hall Gallery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1972 Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1973 Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery (Student Gallery), Regina, Saskatchewan
1975 Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1978 The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1980 Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario
Saskatoon Public Library Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Red Deer College Art Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta
Canadian Art Galleries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
1981 Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
1982 Martin Gerard Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Canadian Art Galleries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
The Mendel Art Gallery (Robert Christie - Five Years), Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (this exhibition toured to Southern Alberta, Lethbridge, Alberta)
1984 Canadian Art Galleries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
1986 Wade Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
1987 Canadian Art Galleries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
1989 Galerie Elca London, Montreal, Quebec
Gallery On Whyte, Edmonton, Alberta
1990 Frances Morrison Public Library, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canadian Art Galleries, Calgary, Alberta
1991 Gallery On Whyte, Edmonton, Alberta
1993 Bugera/Kmet Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1999 Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, Saskatchewan
2000 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2002 Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2005 Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2005 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.
2008 Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2009 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.
2011 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.
2012 Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
2013 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.
2015 The Gallery/Art Placement, Inc., Saskatoon, Sask.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
1969 Mendel Art Gallery, "Saskatoon - "The New Scene", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, "Saskatoon - Thirteen Artists", Regina, Saskatchewan
1971 The Edmonton Art Gallery, "West "71", Edmonton, Alberta
1972 Mendel Art Gallery, "Drawings by Eight Painters", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Regina Public Library Art Gallery, "A June Show", Regina, Saskatchewan
1974 The Edmonton Art Gallery, "Canada X Ten", - Toured Canada
The Edmonton Art Gallery, "Prairie '74", Edmonton, Alberta
Espace 5, "Western Artists", Montreal, Quebec
1975 Art Gallery of Hamilton, "9 Out of 10: A Survey of Contemporary Canadian Art", Hamilton, Ontario, -Toured
Downstairs Gallery, "Christie, Clarke, Peacock", Edmonton, Alberta
The Edmonton Art Gallery, "Abstract Works on Paper", Edmonton, Alberta -Toured
Mendel Art Gallery, "Major Saskatchewan Artists", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Toured
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, "Color Now", Regina, Saskatchewan
1976 National Gallery of Canada, "Abstraction West: Emma Lake and After", Ottawa, Ontario - Toured Canada
1977 Canadian Art Galleries Ltd., "A Selection of works by Bush, Perehudoff and Christie", Calgary, Alberta

1977 The Edmonton Art Gallery, “New Abstract Art”, Edmonton, Alberta
1978 Art Gallery of Ontario Extension Services and the Edmonton Art Gallery, "Seven Prairie Painters", Edmonton, Alberta - Toured
Thomas Gallery, "Six Saskatoon Artists", Winnipeg, Manitoba
1979 Gallery One, "Three Prairie Artists: Clarke, Christie, Haynes", Toronto, Ontario
1980 Mendel Art Gallery, "Sask. Open: A Juried Biennial", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1981 The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, "The Heritage of Jack Bush", Oshawa, Ontario -Toured
1982 The Edmonton Art Gallery, "The Threshold of Color", Edmonton, Alberta
The Edmonton Art Gallery, "Selections from the Westbourne Collection", Edmonton, Alberta
Gallery One, "Christie and Keller", Toronto, Ontario
1986 Gallery One, "Clarke, Keller, Reynolds and Christie", Toronto, Ontario
Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery, "Buchanan and Christie", University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1988 The Mendel Art Gallery, "Talking Through Time", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1989 The Mendel Art Gallery, "Emma Lake: The Flat Side of the Landscape", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1991 The Mendel Art Gallery, "Bentham/Christie", Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1992 Mashomack Artists' Workshop Exhibition, Pine Plains, New York, USA
1993-2002 Edmonton Contemporary Artists Society, Annual Members Exhibition, Edmonton, Alberta
1996 Virginia Christopher Galleries, "Haynes/Christie", Calgary, Alberta
2000 Flowers East, "Artists' Choice", London, England
2004 The Kenderdine Art Gallery, “Three Generations” – William Perehudoff, Robert Christie and Jonathan Forrest, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Sask. (colour catalogue available)
2005 APT Gallery, “Three Generations” – William Perehudoff, Robert Christie and Jonathan Forrest, London, England
2006 The Mendel Art Gallery, “Spell”, Saskatoon, Sask. (toured to Oshawa and Chatham, ON)
2006 Peter Robertson Gallery, “Christie/Hardy”, Edmonton, Alberta
2013 Rewilding Modernity, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon,Saskatchewan

2014 "Thick & Thin",The Gallery/Art Placement Inc., Saskatoon, SK
2015 Peter Robertson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

PRINCIPAL COLLECTIONS:
Alcan Smelters and Chemicals Ltd., Montreal Quebec
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Bank of Montreal, Edmonton, Alberta
Bedford Road Collegiate, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada Council Art Bank Collection, Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Commercial Bank Collection, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canpotex Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Singapore
The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
Gulf Canada Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
Leopold Industries, Montreal, Quebec
The Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Moose Jaw Art Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
National Gallery of Art, Gabarone, Botswana
The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, Toronto, Ontario
Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina, Saskatchewan
Shell Canada Resources Ltd., Calgary, Alberta
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Westburne International Industries, Montreal, Quebec

SELECTED REFERENCES (Listed Chronologically)
Fenton, Terry: "High Culture in Prairie Canada." ARTnews, 73, No.7 (1974), pp. 27-29
The Edmonton Art Gallery: Canada X Ten. Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery, 1974
Richards, Jean: "Canada X Ten, the Work of Youth", The Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, January, 1974
Nasgaard, Roald: "Prairie '74 and Sculpture Alberta '74", The Edmonton Art Gallery,Summer,1974,
ARTSCANADA, 31, Nos. 3 and 5 (1974), pp. 107-110
Wilkin, Karen: "The Prairies: A Limited View". The Canadian Forum, 54,No. 647 (1975), 37-39
Russell, Nancy: "Accent on Art", The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Feb. 1975
Fenton, Terry: "Abstraction West: Emma Lake and After", Journal, No. 11, Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, 1976
Hale, Barrie: "The Edmonton Collection". Canadian, 8, Oct. 1977, pp. 14-16
Art Gallery of Ontario Extension Services and the Edmonton Art Gallery, "Seven Prairie Painters", Toronto:
Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978
Wilkin, Karen: "Rugged Individuals With No Urge to Roam", ARTnews, 78, No. 2 (1979), 84-88
Wylie, Liz: "Robert Christie at Gallery One", May 17-June 5. ARTMAGAZINE, 12, No. 50, (1980), pp. 47-48
Carpenter, Ken: "The Heritage of Jack Bush: A Tribute", Oshawa, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, (1981)
Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery: "Robert Christie, New Paintings", Regina, Norman Mackenzie Gallery, 1981
Carpenter, Ken: "Robert Christie - Five Years", Saskatoon, The Mendel Art Gallery, 1982
Tousley, Nancy: "Robert Christie Paintings", The Calgary Herald, 1982
Tousley, Nancy: "Robert Christie - New Work", The Calgary Herald, Nov. 1983
McLean, John: "Robert Christie at Galerie Elca London", Artpost, 34, Fall, 1989, Vol. 7, No. 1
Robertson, Sheila: "Similar, Yet Remarkably Distinct", The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, June 22, 1991

BY THE ARTIST:
"An Introduction to the Sculpture of Douglas Bentham". In Douglas Bentham, 'Enclosures and Opens' 1975-76. Exhibition catalogue by the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto,Ontario: Art Gallery of York University, 1976
"Perehudoff and Knowles". ARTSWEST, 1, No. 5 (1976), pp. 16-19
"An Introduction to the Paintings by Bill Perehudoff". In William Perehudoff, Exhibition catalogue by the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary: Glenbow-Alberta Institute, 1977
"Curatorial Statement". In Prairie Suite, Exhibition catalogue by Shoestring Gallery, Saskatoon. Shoestring Gallery, 1979
"A Survey of Training Needs for Art Gallery Personnel". For the Western Canada Art Association, 1979
"Douglas Bentham: Six Steel Sculptures, 1978". Saskatoon. The Mendel Art Gallery, 1979
"Watercolor Painting in Saskatchewan, 1905-1980". Saskatoon. The Mendel Art Gallery, 1980
"Jonathan Forrest - Recent Paintings". Catalogue introduction for The Swift Current National Exhibition Centre, 1990
"Lessons From Bill" (pp. 95-100), Catalogue Essay for The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, a Retrospective. The Mendel Art Gallery, 2010.

 

 


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