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SOLO RUBY AWARD


"PORTRAITS FROM THE BARDO"
BY
CHRISTINE COLUMBO

OCTOBER 2020

 
 

DISSOLUTION - Digital, photography, oil on canvas - 24 X 24 inches - Not for sale



JUROR COMMENTARY

"This portfolio is a beautiful and graceful description of the female presence and consciousness while in a temporary and unsettled state of existence.  The many, ethereal layers which constitute the wonder, magnificence and complexity of this spiritual experience are creatively interpreted, exposed and apprehended in these milky and dreamy pictures.  This body of work is handled with masterful skill, delicate sensitivity and sterling, artistic eloquence." -- GALLERY RING

ARTIST STATEMENT

"My paintings come from the 60-year journey of my life - the first half of which seemed a mound of futile pursuits and indulgences to become somebody and the second half a deconstruction of the first half to become nobody.  I believe enduring art comes from no one but references everyone.   My message through my work is that we are not islands as much as we are all together on the same island. We are shipwrecked together, all looking for lifeboats, compasses and northern stars to find our way home.   I believe life gives us our lifeboats and compasses generously, often through art.  My vision is to create art as a bridge away from the island of ourselves into something vaster, deeper, wonderful – a glimpse of a world where all things are possible, all dreams can be realized, for every single one of us, equally."
-- CHRISTINE COLUMBO

BIOGRAPHY
Christine Columbo is a contemporary artist working in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, graphite, pastel, digital and photography.  A participating member of multiple US art associations, she has received 30+ awards since she started painting three years ago. In Spring of 2020, feeling limited by traditional media, she began mixing and crossing them. This also served as a parallel to the unfolding ‘Bardo’ theme in her work- exploring dissolution, transformation and recreation in life and consciousness.  In her current series, called ‘Portraits from the Bardo’, each work begins with a painting that turns into a photograph, then into a digital, then back into a physical painting or drawing.  Christine regards all of her work as personal reflections, born from her 20 plus years of monastic contemplation focused on life, death, consciousness, love, and liberation. She currently lives in a monastery in Crestone, Colorado.

 
 

WANDERER - Mixed media - 12 x 12 inches - Not for sale


CONGRATULATIONS

CHRISTINE COLUMBO

christine.columbo@mail.com
www.christinecolumbo.com

 
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