Christina Park is a professional oil painter who has been showing and selling her work in the Greater New York Area since 1992. Her studio is in New Jersey, where she has lived for most of her life. She has an M.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College and an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University.
Christina has taught drawing and oil painting at the Old Church Cultural Center School of Art, the Rockland Center for the Arts, Ramapo State College, and SUNY Purchase College. She continues to produce artwork out of her studio in New Jersey.
Category: Past Artists
My interest in painting arises from a desire to communicate. Color is the essence of my work. A language with it’s own nuances, color speaks through infinite combinations. In unity and isolation, through form, fluidity and rhythm the piece evolves. I strive to free myself from projected thought, and to instead work from an abandon. I simplify and resolve. I attain a momentary truth. Through my work I want to invite an intimate dialogue, a contemplation via the relationship of color.
“OUT OF THE WOODS,” a two-person exhibition featuring sculptures in wood by Judith Peck and assemblages by Myra Kooy will be installed soon at Center City Galleries at 301 Main Street in Paterson, New Jersey and you are invited to the opening reception, Saturday, April, 9th from 6 – 9 P.M. Situated in the Center City Mall the Gallery reception provides the opportunity for a stimulating family evening. The show runs through April, 28th with hours from 11-6 daily. I hope you can stop by.
Growing up in Israel and the United States, I witnessed my mother’s thwarted aspirations and dissatisfaction with her physical appearance, and this experience has led me to explore her body type in sculptures and paintings. Despite this biographical source for my work, I am not attempting to reenact my mother’s specific situation or psychological state. I am instead concerned with a more generalized female figure and its proposed role in society.
All interpretations explore the connections between beauty and power, and hopefully prompt a reevaluation of a female body type that is typically ignored or dismissed.
An expressivity of texture and nuance. Literally, a fluid energy. Verdaille, Grisaille, Brunaille. A range of subject matter.MonoDramatic.
For the past few years, I have been exploring how multiple histories collide in timeless fashions. This concept has become a catalyst for my painting compositions that explore and expose the boundaries between reality and memory, between chronologically lived experiences and simultaneity. Fishing as a young boy and serving a tour of combat duty in Iraq converge inexplicably. The icy platform of Minnesota fuses with the ruin-dotted deserts of the Middle East. Fish become mortars and mortars become fish. A white landscape is thickened with earth tones to provide a sense of terra firma, yet it is also dream-like. These juxtapositions converge in my recent work, creating a visual conversation that can begin to inform the viewer the continuity in life experiences, their interaction with the cosmos.
Vitality and action are breathed into my painted landscapes through the recurring themes of active figures stuck in time, surrounded by unstable bombs. These bombs, posing as fish, threaten the characters representing me, all against backdrops of disjointed landscapes from multiple histories. Simultaneously as a young child ice-fishing and as a young adult fishing for bombs in Iraq, my memories are no longer the past and develop into a new present tense. This unstable paradigm seemingly becomes a labyrinth of simulated possibilities presenting a world for my characters to contemplate and choose their destiny, yet their fate is as fragile as the convergence of bombs and ice. These paradoxes create a visual tension, and nonetheless, these bombs could explode this fragile world of ice and ruins, blowing it all sky high. In a blink of an eye, my memories, experiences and reality could all cease to exist.