Christine Rasmussen is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Art Practice and Peace & Conflict Studies. She has exhibited in California, Texas and Vietnam and her work features in private collections across the world and in the Hilbert Museum of California Art.
Christine's dramatic and lyrical oil paintings emote absence and longing alongside fierce, bold possibility. She was raised by a creative family of global nomads, and has lived in Pakistan, Vietnam & the U.S. and traveled in 5 continents. Based in Los Angeles, Christine runs her own art business integrating all the things she loves - creativity, connection and collaboration.
“Painting has one foot in architecture, one foot in the dream.” — Roberto Matta
As a painter I investigate the in-between, exploring themes of femininity, boundaries, belonging and place. I depict anonymous architectural structures contrasted with dramatic floating fabrics. I distort space, light, and distance to create a dreamlike, almost cinematic environment. The disembodied garments capture our attention with the remains of an extraordinary presence. We are drawn into the scene, but left wondering what is going on outside of the frame. The notable absence of any human presence, the in-between spaces and the mundane moments challenge us to reassess our preconceived notions of such binaries as male/female, presence/absence, belonging/otherness and memory/reality. We are left wanting just a little bit more.
My work is influenced by my nomadic past, the colors and patterns of my international youth, and the striking California light of my adulthood. Artistic influences are Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Bosnian painter Safet Zec and photographer Sinziana Velicescu. I'm also inspired by the words and storytelling of writers like Maya Angelou, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Kingsolver and Sandra Cisneros; I paint to capture how their words make me feel.
“Painting places us. ” — Squeak Carnwath