Christie Brown

My figurative sculpture mainly references archaeology and objects in museums such as archaic artefacts and grave goods, which offer an incomplete picture, a fragmented story. Iím interested in the relevance of archaic objects to a contemporary audience, and what archaeology can show us about continuity and the patterns of repetition in the lives of human beings.
The Uncanny Playroom began as a series of figures, seated in a conventional pose reminiscent of the one adopted for over 3000 years in Egyptian sculpture. The work evolved over many months as additions of found objects and clothing were added to the figures. The memory of my playroom school where dolls and teddy bears were lined up at their desks, has helped create this range of individual but connected characters, preoccupied within their own dream-work narrative.
We project a variety of emotions into objects and artefacts. Therefore the idea that these inanimate objects have a life of their own, one that exists separately from us, is rooted in our childhood play, suggesting an animated narrative may emerge when we have left the room.
Christie Brown - February 2012.

present  Professor of Ceramics, University of Westminster
1993-2001  Lecturer in Ceramics, University of Westminster
1980-1982  Harrow School of Art, Higher Diploma 
1966-1969  Manchester University, BA degree

 Arts and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant
2009  Artist in Residence Award II, International Ceramics Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark
2005  Arts and Humanities Research Council, Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts
2001  British Council assistance for solo show in Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, USA
Awarded title of Professor of Ceramics at University of Westminster
2000  London Arts Board Award to Individual Artists for solo show at Wapping
1996  Shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Ceramics
1991  British Council Assistance for solo show at Galerie L in Hamburg, Germany
1988  Accepted on Crafts Council Selected Index of Makers
1983  Setting-up Grant from Crafts Council

 Artist in Residence, International Ceramic Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark
2006  Artist in Residence, Hunter College, New York
2003-5  Artist in Residence Petrie Museum, University College London

Selected Solo Exhibitions
  Hybrid Toys, The Ideas Store Whitechapel, London
2006  Collective Traces: A Response to the Petrie Museum Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London
Foundation Deposits, Artist in Residence Exhibition, Hunter College, New York
2004  Christie Brown, Heidi Morstang. London Gallery West, Harrow
2003  Between the Dog and the Wolf, Kingsgate Gallery, London
2001  Recent Sculpture - Perimeter Gallery, Chicago USA
2000  Fragments of Narrative, Wapping Power Station, London
1997  Crafts Council Showcase, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1995  The Cast of Characters, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
 Women Who Sculpt, Pangolin London, Kings Place, London
Friends and Firemates, Grimmerhaus Museum, Denmark
Sculptors Prints and Drawings, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud
2010  Hermaphrodites, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia USA
Nude in Chicago, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago USA
Crucible, with Gallery Pangolin, Gloucester Cathedral
Korero; Ceramics in Conversation, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Taiwan  
2009  In the Mix, Pangolin London, Kingís Place, London
Fire and Brimstone, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud
Ceramics from Great Britain, Galerie fur Angewandte Kunst, Munich.
2008  Myths and Legends, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Sterling Stuff 2, Pangolin London, Kingís Place, London
2007  After Life: Collective Traces, Egyptian Galleries, Manchester Museum.  
2005  Body Language, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud (catalogue)
The Fragmented Figure, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Celebrating 30 Years, Crafts Council Shop at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2004  The Human Figure, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
2003  Sterling Stuff, with Gallery Pangolin, Museum Sigismond Olafsson, Reykjavik, Iceland and Friends Room, Royal Academy, London,
2002  About Face, Croydon Clocktower Museum, Croydon




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