Cornish Art Galleries: Article from the St Ives Times and Echo 22 April 2016
When he first saw the paintings of St Ives-based artist Chrstine Brunnock, Alverton Gallery director Roger Driscoll was so impressed by their haunting atmosphere that he felt obliged to introduce them to a wider audience, writes Frank Ruhrmund.
“Her approach to art is so innovative,” he said. “In addition to using traditional materials, for instance, she paints directly onto aluminium panels which, when hung, gives them a striking three dimensional floating effect.”
Raised in St Ives, Christine Brunnock (pictured) has drawn and painted since she was a young girl. Largely self-taught, she worked as a hairdresser until 2000 when, as she says: “I knew abandoning hairdressing to become a full time artist was a big move, one that would present challenges, but my desire to paint overwhelmed any fears I had.
“Art has always been my favourite means of expression so it seemed a natural progression.
“Deciding to exchange scissors for paint brushes and palette knives was the best decision I have ever made.
“I process thoughts, memories and perceptions of coastal walks or visits to the beach, and then use everything from brushes to palette knives, or whatever else, to make marks.
“I continue to evolve and I like to play and to experiment with ideas, creating drama or serenity, sharing with the viewer my own subconscious awareness of the coastal experience.”
Whatever fears she may have once had, they have long since been forgotten, and her paintings are now to be found in collections the world over.
From such works as Stream and High Wind in this exhibition, many are likely to be soon part of collections closer to home.
Ranging from calm and peaceful to volatile and dramatic compositions that capture and convey a sense of breathtaking moments in space and time, Christine Brunnock’s Ocean Perspectives should not be missed.
An impressive introduction, it can be seen at the Alverton Gallery in Penzance, Tuesday to Saturday, until May 31. Admission free.