Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

Celebrating the modernity of creative contemporary and traditional art through online art competition

Christine Alfery

First Place

Christine Alfery

Christine Alfery

"Red Sky At Night"

Acrylic on Paper , 20" x 60"

Sale Price $3200

Artist Statement

Visual art has been used to simulate the real, it recorded history visually.  Visual art has also been used to represent emotions, expressions, social environments and political drama.  Art still is simulacra and representational.  The event called modern art began to shift an artist’s way of knowing and seeing realities. The artist’s soul, the artist’s self, became sovereign in their work and the ways of knowing and seeing realities changed as did the way they worked with their materiality’s and media. Art was no longer something that only related to objects art began to relate to an individuals/artists way of seeing and knowing.

My work isn’t afraid to take that journey.  I have no interest in creating something that does not make another think beyond their comfort zone.  I have no interest in repeating / simulating the political jargon of another in my work. I have no interest in creating something that does not allow us to depart from today’s thinking and imaginings and try to create work that is a thing it itself.  I am interested in exploring the media, stretching the media and its materiality’s beyond its traditional capabilities of representing. Art should be like water, fluid, indeterminate, distinctive.  Art should be always changing always moving always flowing in perpetual fluid motions.

I have been an artist all my life always searching, always cherishing a thing in itself. Art has allowed me to take that journey of discovery.  It has always allowed me to travel my own journey and hopefully it allows the viewer to do the same.

The paint in Red Sky At Night is just that, like water, it is fluid, indeterminate and distinctive.  The black lines in the work represent the need to escape from representation and simulacra.

Artist Biography

  • P.H.D. (ABD). University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum & Instruction.
  • P.H.D. Minor completed: Art History, contemporary issues and concepts.
  • M.F.A. Art. UW-Madison, spring 1996.
  • M.A. Art Education. UW-Madison, 1994.
  • B.A. Art/Art Education. UW-Madison.

Signature member of   6 national watercolor societies – International Society of Acrylic Painters, Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and the Western Watercolor Society. To become a member of these societies you have to be juried into their national exhibition for 3 times or more. These national exhibitions are very competitive and artists from all over the world compete in them.

2008 to present.                   9 solo exhibitions around the United States.

2008 to present.                     Curator Howard Young Art Gallery. Minocqua, WI.

2008 to present.                       55 national awards.

2008 to present.                     60 publications.