Encouragement of art in buckinghamshire
Date:August 18, 2015

Christine Bass

Christine paints contemporary landscapes, characterised by strong lines and shapes, flattened planes and the use of vibrant colour. She grew up in Trinidad and the bright light and vivid colours of the tropics still exert an influence in her paintings.

She lives on the Buckinghamshire border with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and draws inspiration from the countryside: the gentle beauty of the Chiltern Hills, views from the Ridgeway, the patterns of fields scored by furrows and bounded by hedgerows, the bare trees of winter, the colours of crops and the seasons.

Other parts of England also feature in her paintings: the South Coast, Devon, Cornwall, Shropshire, Lincolnshire and the Lake District.

Another aspect of her work is her still life paintings which often include flowers for their exuberant colours and organic shapes.

She uses tissue to loosely block in areas of colour, relishing the unexpected shapes which emerge from torn edges and overlapping areas. The original composition is then brought back into focus by applying layers of acrylic paint.

In 2014, Bucks Art Society was given access to the collections of the Bucks County Museum. Inspired by John Piper’s sketches, paintings and prints, Christine has been looking at churches and other historic buildings as subjects for her paintings. Also inspired by Piper, she has begun to use black ink to define architecture, as well as elements of the landscape.

Her background is in illustration and design (First Class BA Honours Degree, Manchester, 1982). Most of her illustrations feature in publications for environment and development organisations (such as IUCN in Geneva and IIED in London).

In 1998, she won the Sunday Times/British Airways Competition to design a tailfin for BA as part of its ‘Global Images’ campaign. Her artwork, inspired by British canal art and titled ‘Grand Union’, decorated BA tailfins and buses for several years.

Christine is a member of the Bucks Art Society, the Visual Images Group and Artists Network Bedfordshire.

More of her work can be seen at www.christinebass.blogspot.com.