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  • Christine Vaillancourt

Artist Statement

Geometric abstractions rooted in the early twentieth century work of the Bauhaus, Constructivists, and Concrete artists have always interested me. Growing up in the 1950s in Detroit, our home was filled with objects and materials that had a major impact on the direction of my art -- from the patterns of bold geometric drapes, translucent patterned Formica countertops, bulbous lamp stands, stylized wallpaper, and linoleum square-tiled floors -- to Russell Wright pottery.  

Like many Detroiters, my family had a long history with the automotive industry.  My father, who was trained by his father, began a career in automotive and aircraft design and later evolved into home design and construction.  Growing up in this creative atmosphere, I was stimulated by my surroundings and intrigued by the transportation, architectural and industrial concepts of the times.

My paintings recall 1950’s patterns and designs while connecting with today’s technology. Elemental geometry such as circles, squares, rectangles, ovals, and segmented letter type reference pixels, bits and bytes, circuit boards, molecules, and atoms.

By experimenting with acrylics, I developed a technique of making acrylic look like encaustic, a wax medium commonly used by artists. I wanted that same irresistible, tactile and translucent quality of encaustic without the fragility. As a result, the paintings have a soft undulating, yet durable surface with multiple layers of geometric shapes floating beneath.

Illusional depth and actual depth are made by heavily applying multiple layers of acrylic medium between sheets of painted motifs. There appears to be a calculated order of these shapes when, in fact, the order is intuitive and irregular. The raised forms, as if cut out and applied, are trapped between the layers like leaves under ice, implying the passage of time. Tiny bubbles can be seen through the wax-like surface, caught in the layers below. The motifs appear to float slowly through this thick emulsion, yet are contained. They gently bump the edges of the canvas and remain suspended in an aquarium-like space.

My intention is to create a visceral connection to the tactile quality of my canvases by manipulation of acrylic mediums, while connecting symbols of the past with the present, suspending time.


Résumé

Education

1987 Extension Education, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

1980 Kent State University, Kent, OH.

1975 MAE, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.

1971 BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.


Museum exhibitions

2013 Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro, MA, "What Goes Around" National Exhibition.

2009 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA, juried exhibition.

2009 Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI.

2004 Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, one-person exhibition.

2002-04 "Great River Arts Institute" Traveling museum exhibition:  Brattleboro Museum, VT; Wood Gallery and Art Center, Montpelier, VT; Griswold Museum, Lyme, CT.

2004 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Juried benefit auction.

1999 Ninth Triennial at the Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA.

1988 Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI.


Solo exhibitions

2012 25 Channel Center Gallery, Boston, MA.

2009 35 Channel Center Gallery, FPAC  curated exhibition, Boston, MA.

2008 Invitational, Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA.

2007 Invitational, Boston Convention Center.

2007 Three Columns Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

2004 Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2004 Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI.

2002 Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1999 Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA.

1996 Creiger-Dane Gallery, Boston, MA.

1992 Arnold Gallery, Newport, RI.

1991 Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA.

1989 Paul Sorota Fine Arts Gallery, Boston, MA.

1986 Arnold Gallery, Newport, RI.


Two-person exhibitions

2008 Diamond-Newman Gallery, Boston, MA.

2000 Gallery Five North, Boston , MA.

1997 Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI.


Group exhibitions

2013 Rice Street Gallery, Providence, RI, "Radius", RISD Alumni Exhibition.

2013 Atlantic Wharf Gallery, Boston, MA, "Repeat", juried by Howard Yezerski, Yezerski Gallery.

2009 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA.

2008 Audrey Pepper Gallery, Boston, MA.

2008 Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Franciso, CA.

2007 Toronto International Art Fair, Nikola Rukaj Gallery.

2005 Broadway Gallery, New York, New York, "Engaging the Structural."

2004 Toronto International Art Fair 2004, Nikola Rukaj Gallery.

2003 Nikola Rukaj Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2003 Trinity Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2003 Gallery Materia, Scottsdale, AZ.

2002 Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2002 Bickett Gallery, Raleigh, NC.

2001 Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Franciso, CA.

2001 Gallery 10, Hilton Head, SC.

1999 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Alumni Exhibition.

1999 Gallery Five North, Boston, MA, RISD Alumni Exhibition.

1996 Tichnor Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

1996 Boston Corporate Art, Boston, MA.  "Bouncing Off the Walls."

1995 Mario Diacono, Boston, MA.  "Rites of Paint."

1995 Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston, MA.

1995 Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Tour, Boston, MA.

1995 River Contemporary Art, Housatonic, MA.

1995 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1995 Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI.

1994 Grossman Gallery, School of MFA, Boston, MA.

1994 Contemporary Artists Center, Beaver Mill, North Adams, MA.

1993 American Art Festival '93 Invitational. Taipei, Taiwan.

1993 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1993 Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston, MA.

1993 The Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA.

1992 Lydon Fine Art, Chicago, IL.  Three-Person Exhibition.

1992 Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1992 Mu Gallery, Boston, MA.

1992 Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston, MA. "Distinct Voices".

1991 Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1990 Boston Visual Artists Union Gallery, Boston, MA.

1990 Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1990 Federal Reserve Bank Gallery, Boston, MA.

1989 Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

1989 The Annex Gallery, San Diego, CA.

1980 Rudolph Steifel Art Center, Wheeling, WVA.

1980 Kent State University Art Gallery, Kent, OH.

1976 Newport Art Association, Newport, RI.

1976 Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.


Corporate collections

  Biogen Idec, Waltham and Cambridge, MA.

  Brigham and Woman's Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA.

  Weston Hotel, MA.

  Analysis Group, New York City, NY.

  Harvard Vanguard, MA.

  PGA National Resort and Spa, West Palm Beach, FL.

  Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA.

  PGA National Resort and Spa, West Palm Beach, FLA.

  Advanced Solutions International,VA.

  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, Boston, MA.

  Goodwin Proctor, Boston, MA and Washington DC.

  LEK, New York, NY.

  Health Dialog, Portland, ME.

  Tokio Millenium Re Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda.

  Nordstrom, Natick, MA.

  Neiman Marcus, Atlanta, GA, Natick, MA.

  Bloomingdales, Chestnut HIll, MA.

  InterContinental Hotel, Boston, MA.

  Fidelity, Boston, MA.

  Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston , MA.

  Radius Financial Group, Massachusetts, New Hampshire.

  Nordstrom, California, Oregon, Texas, Florida.

  Excel, Bermuda.

  Hale & Dorr, New York City, NY.

  Centre Solutions Bermuda Ltd., Bermuda.

  CSC/Index, Chicago, IL.

  SAP America, Boston, MA.

  Essex Investments, Boston, MA.

  CSC/Index, New York, NY.

  MCI, Arlington, VA.

  ITT, Stamford, CT.

  Xerox Corporation, Los Angeles, CA.

  Bloomingdales, New York, New York.

  DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. Corporate Loan Program.

  Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.

  Back Bay Hilton, Boston, MA.

  Spaulding Investments, Burlington, MA.

  Berthold and Associates, Charleston, WVA.

  Very Fine Products Inc., Westford, MA.

  Rex Hagon and Associates, Toronto, Canada.

  Stone, Fox and Ladd, LTD., Boston, MA.

  Venture Sales, Framingham, MA.

  McDuffee Insurance, Merrimack, NH.

  Automated Medical Systems, Brookline, MA.

  Milgrim, Thomajan and Lee P.C., 75 State Street Building, Boston, MA.

Partial list of private collections

M.A.C. Make-up, owner Frank Toscan, Toronto Canada.

44 North, owner Chef Mark McEwan, Toronto,Canada.

In the collection of Paul Master-Karnik, past director  of the DeCordova  Museum, MA.

Publications

  City Living Magazine, MA, May 2008.

  NY Arts Magazine, "Geometry Reloaded" by Lilly Wei, Vol. 10 no 5/6 May/June 2005.

  Style at Home Magazine, Canada, January 2005.

  Art New England, Spotlight for RI, Susan Boulanger, August/Sept, 2004.

  Boston Sunday Globe, Critics' Pick, Christine Temin, May 9, 2004.

  Providence Journal, "Art Scene," Bill Van Siclen, January 30, 2003.

  Newport Daily News, "Art", February 14,2003.

  Daily Local News, Philadelphia, PA. "Pentimenti shows Ideal Abstraction," R.B. Strauss, October 5, 2002.

  New American Painting Magazine, Fifth New England Competition, Number 26, 2000.

  The Boston Globe, "Dot-Dash," Cate McQuaid, September 9, 1999.

  New American Painting Magazine, Second New England Competition, Number VII, 1996.

  Artsmedia, Jeff Perrott, "Excavations:  New Paintings," September 1996.

  Artsmedia, cover, summer issue 1996.

  The Newton Tab, Kristen Lombardi, October 29, 1996.

  Boston Sunday Herald, Mary Sherman, "Women's Painting have 'rite' stuff," Mario Diacono Gallery   exhibition, June 25, 1995.

  Bay Windows, Shawn Hill, July7, 1994.

  The Boston Globe, Christine Temin, October 13, 1993.

  Art New England, Paul Parcellin, August 1993.

  The Boston Globe, Lynda Morgenworth, February 18, 1993.

  New American Painting Magazine, competition. 1993.

  Newport This Week, John Pantalone, August 6, 1992.

  The Newport Daily News, Rob Reimer, July 30, 1992.

  The Boston Globe, Nancy Stapen, October 17, 1991.

  South End News, Elizabeth Fearnley, September 26, 1991.


Honors and awards

2014 Massachussets Department of Transportation and MBTA commission for Ball Square Station, Somerville. To be installed in 2020.

2005 Visiting Artist, Art Institute of Boston.

2003 First Place, Newport Art Museum.

1999 Four month residency as an Exchange Teacher in Beijing, China, awarded by Newton Public Schools and the Freeman Foundation.

1991 Greek Studies Fellowship, Newton Public School and AHEPA.

1991 Vermont Studio Colony Fellowship.

 1974 Rhode Island School of Design Fellowship.