NATURE ARTIST: BEHIND THE STROKES
CHRISTINE DAS, is a Malaysian born contemporary nature artist who schooled at Convent Green Lane Penang and obtained her formal arts education in graphic design at the Sain Academy of Arts Penang. The path that has led her to becoming a visual artist is one that’s not usually taken. Christine’s career from 1988 has seen her traverse through several vocations including animation, story boarding, book illustration, graphic design, hotel in-house artist, multimedia design and mural painting. In 1999, she worked in the art department of “Anna and the King”, a Hollywood production filmed in Malaysia, under the supervision of renowned film scenic artist Peter Collias. She finally made the decision to pursue contemporary art in 2007.
Christine works mostly with acrylic on canvas. Her paintings have been influenced and inspired by her passions: Nature, Catholicism and Life. Her stylized yet elegant renditions are meticulous and fostered through patient stroke-by-stroke immersion to capture the essence of movement, forms and colours of the environment. Every unbroken line represents natures ever flowing life.
Conservation of nature is something that has become close to Christine’s heart. It is another key reason why nature features prominently in her art. Her personal passion is the Conservation of Bornean Elephants & the habitat of all wildlife. Christine works with Borneo Conservation Trust Sabah and WWF Malaysia in support of this cause. She uses art as a voice to create awareness and raise funds whenever possible.
Since her debut, she has participated in numerous local and international group shows and art fairs including an installation project by Wei Ling Art Gallery at the 2013 Art Basel Exhibition (known as the Olympics of Art) in Hong Kong & Art Stage Singapore 2017. She has been frequently featured in various local and international press and media including features in various Conservation publications. For her work as an artist, Christine has received accolades including The Woman of Style and Substance award from Marie Claire magazine (Malaysia) in 2013, Great Women of Our Time 2016 (Malaysian Women’s Weekly) and has been chosen as one of the 20 women on The POWER LIST of Extraordinary Women in Art (2016)¬ by Harpers Bazaar Art.
“The idea behind my works is stylised simplicity & silent contemplation. MOTHER NATURE is my muse and I love all that She has to offer, a peaceful Cathedral where I meet my true self and the Divine. She brings me great joy and simultaneously moves me to tears. A haven of ancient wisdom and timeless beauty. A musical stage steeped in melodius music, songs, dance, colours, forms, shapes and movements of nature which I try to express through my art.
“I feel compelled to express Mother Nature’s beauty to the world through my art as there is a major conflict with us humans and weakens her at an alarming rate. I hope to stir hearts towards a deeper love, respect and appreciation for nature.