About the artist

Tim Christie is a Wellington-based creative. For the last 10 years he has been self-employed working as a graphic designer, creative director, entrepreneur and artist. He often collaborates and has been involved in design projects throughout the country.

Tim has helped develop some of New Zealand's most iconic brands including The Interislander, New Zealand Wine, Radio NZ and the celebrated new identity for the City of Invercargill. His work has been featured in New Zealand and Australian design awards and published internationally.

Working for himself has allowed Tim to turn more attention to Art. MONOMOKO was first exhibited at the 2017 NZ Art Show where he had immediate success, selling all but one piece on the opening night. He was subsequently invited to participate in the annual NZSO Auction, donating a new work to the black-tie event that raised over $105,000. Eariler this year he entered 'Co-existence' the international art exhibition celebrating tolerance and diversity. His entry was one of two local pieces selected to join the exhibition as part of its ongoing world tour.

 

Origins

MONOMOKO was conceived on a trip overseas which he attributes to a change of scene and some clear headspace.

"The idea came about when I imagined the dynamic effect that might emerge from combining the precision of geometric abstraction with biological symmetry. I was curious to explore the juxtaposition between a very controlled technical aesthetic and facial features, with the inherent symmetry of the latter providing a shared language between these two worlds. Essentially I had a vision that looked pretty cool in my mind and despite being on holiday I was compelled to jump on to my Mac and start playing around with it. 

What emerged initially was incredibly striking and I began crafting the explorations into finished pieces. MONOMOKO became the perfect name to represent this body of work combining the mostly ‘monochromatic’ colouring of the designs with the graphic symmetry of traditional Māori ‘moko’. The rhythm of the word also felt particularly fitting for the patterned feel of the artwork."

Many of his pieces have a quirky idea, or story to tell. Some are locally orientated and explore cultural themes. Others are just plain fun and a bit whimsical. All pieces are digitally produced.

 

International exposure

In August Tim will travel to Manchester where his work has been selecetd for a prestigious exhibition hosted by Washington Green Fine Art Group. They have 36 galleries across the UK and represent international artists including Ronnie Wood, Stan Lee, Bob Dylan, Raphael Mazzucco and Billy Connolly.