About the artist

Tim Christie is a New Zealand-based designer, artist and entrepreneur. 

He has developed some of New Zealand's most iconic brands and his work has featured in New Zealand and Australian design awards and has been published internationally.

Tim is relatively new to the world of fine art, first exhibiting at the 2017 New Zealand Art Show where he sold all but one piece on the opening night. In the last two shows he has farewelled over 40 pieces including light-boxes and limited edition prints. He has since been involved in numerous local events including solo shows, exhibitions and auctions. 

Last year Tim won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for an international art competition that attracted over 1,000 artists worldwide, hosted by Castle Fine Art, the largest fine art group in the UK. They represent internationally renowned artists including Ronnie Wood, Stan Lee, Bob Dylan, Raphael Mazzucco and Billy Connolly. Tim has just exhibited a collection of original paintings with Castle in London and Chester. 

He has also shown in a number of other international destinations including Sydney, Hong Kong and Manchester. He is represented by Turner barnes in Essex and is currently talking with galleries in Singapore and Beijing with a view to growing his presence in the lucrative Asian market.

In a short space of time Tim has experienced rapid success with his work adorning the walls of collectors from Australasia, North America, Asia, the UK and Scandinavia. 

Origins

MONOMOKO was conceived on a trip overseas, which he attributes to a change of scene and some clear head-space.

"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 relationship between a very controlled technical aesthetic and facial features, with the inherent symmetry of the latter providing a shared language between these two worlds. 

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 referencing the mostly ‘monochromatic’ colouring of the designs and the graphic symmetry of traditional Māori ‘moko’, an indigenous art form from New Zealand." 

Statement

A lot of my work is about exploring and teasing out the void between abstract and representational. The larger and less detailed the patterning, the greater the territory or 'no-man's-land' between these two worlds. I enjoy protracting the transitional experience between them and using the two-fold effect to convey ideas. With the painted pieces I exploit the 2D surface qualities to draw attention to the graphic nature of the art and to further 'camouflage' the underlying 3D compositions. It allows me to present seemingly abstract pieces of geometric art that can concurrently tell stories and explore themes with representational subject matter.

In my 'diversity' series for example I use threaded linear patterning to imply connectedness and unity across mixed races, genders and generations. The interwoven pattern is dominant and places emphasis on togetherness, rather than separation, which supports notions of similarity instead of difference. 

Many pieces are whimsical and have a quirky idea or story to tell. Some explore deeper themes or cultural ideas. Artwork is mixed-media including original acrylic paintings, limited edition digital prints and light-boxes.