In the last year or so John Christie, born 1945, has produced a susbstantial body of immaculate work in pastel on paper. The Dazzle series is inspired by Edward Wadsworth's dazzle camouflage for ships in the First World War. Other series derive and develop from his own wooden constructions which will be shown alongside.
His perfectionist streak and design credentials have always been apparent in his long career as a maker of artists' books. Ron King of the Circle Press said that Christie only had to be shown how to do something once for him to be able to do it straight away better than anyone. From 1975 Christie produced more than 20 limited edition books for the Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif. He co-authored, with John Berger, the award-winning book I Send You This Cadmium Red. His prints, drawings and artists' books are in many collections worldwide including Tate, the V & A, and MOMA, New York.
As a director and cameraman his TV programmes include Another Way of Telling, a BBC series on photography made in collaboration with John Berger and Jean Mohr; Salvage of Soho Photographer, a C4 documentary on John Deakin and First Hand, a series of seven films based on literarary manuscripts from the British Library.
He is one of four founders of Full Circle Editions, designing the collectable books of texts, new and classic, relating to East Anglia and illustrated by artists of the region.
Copies of the whole series are available at the gallery.
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