ACRYLIC ON LINEN
About the Artist
About Christine Vaillancourt
Christine received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA from the Rhode Island School of Design, with continuing education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Kent State University.
Christine Vaillancourt was the recipient of the Best in Show Award at the Newport Rhode Island Art Museum in 2003 which resulted in a one-person exhibition at the museum in 2004, titled “Techno-Retro”.
She has exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada and Taiwan. Christine’s one-person shows include Creiger-Dane Gallery in Boston, 1999; Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, 2002; Newport Art Museum in 2004; Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, 2004. She was a featured artist with the Rukaj Gallery at the Toronto International Art Fair, 2004. Her work was included in the Fuller Museum Triennial, 2000 and a traveling museum exhibition, 2002-04. Christine was featured in three publications of the New American Painting Magazine. In 2007, she was invited to have a one-person exhibition at the Boston Convention Center. In 2008, her paintings were in a two-person show at the Diamond-Newman Gallery and in a group show at the Audrey Pepper Gallery, both in Boston.
In 2009, Christine was invited to have a one-person show at 25 Channel Center Gallery in Boston, and her work was awarded Juror’s Choice in Painting at the juried exhibition at the Provincetown Art Museum.
July 8-11, 2010, the Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto will feature Christine’s paintings in a one-person show at ArtHamptons, a high-end arts fair in the Hamptons, New York.
Among her corporate clients are ITT, MCI, SAP America; Nordstrom in Massachusetts, California, Texas, and Florida; Bloomingdales in Massachusetts, Georgia and New York; Weston Hotel, Harvard Vanguard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Essex Investments, Intercontinental Boston, Dana-Farber, and Fidelity in Boston; Hale and Dorr in New York and Massachusetts; Neiman Marcus in Georgia and Massachusetts; CSC Index in New York and Chicago; ONEX and MAC Make-up in Toronto; Tokyo Millennium in Bermuda. Her work is in private collections in the United States and abroad.
Christine is represented by Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, and Alan Avery Gallery in Atlanta.
Review of Christine’s Work:
“Vaillancourt’s paintings reverberate through time. Geometric abstractions, rooted in the early twentieth century work of the Constructivists, Concrete artists and Mondrian, Vaillancourt carries us forward to the1950’s, the decade of her childhood. Post-war enthusiasm for engineering and machine production manifested itself in design, in particular, textiles filled with abstract color blocks, circles and lines suggesting mathematical symbols. Fast forward fifty years to the present, in which Vaillancourt ‘s imagery connects us with the high tech world: digital info, bits and bytes, molecules, genes, quarks, the building blocks of matter providing us with glimpses of our attempts to understand the possibilities of nanotechnology.
She further engages us with illusory techniques, making acrylic look like encaustic, fooling the eye with depth perception, and creating playful yet provocative motifs. Calculated and precise multi-colored shapes—circles, ovals, squares, rectangles and dots—levitate in space in Vaillancourt’s paintings. She achieves this effect by layering her forms beneath heavily applied translucent acrylic mediums. Vaillancourt invites the viewer to enter her world of contained but free moving objects. She writes, “My work is a study of geometry, color, line, space, movement, and the natural, historical human connection of elemental geometry as metaphor.”
– Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator of the Newport Art Museum