John Christie: The Accordionist & Other Works

8 Oct 2016 – 5 Nov 2016

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Open on Saturdays or by appointment

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North House Gallery

Manningtree, United Kingdom


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  • Manningtree Railway Station is one hour from London Liverpool Street

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This exhibition consists of constructions and related pastels created since John Christie's last show at North House Gallery in 2013. The work also relates to the book he has been producing, 'Lapwing and Fox: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie'.


"At the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich there is a small sculpture from 1918 by Ossip Zadkine called The Accordion Player. It stands unprotected on its plinth with no annoying glass cover to cause reflections and is one of the works that I looked at closely over the last few years as I wrote the letters and made the booklets for John Berger that became my half of our latest book Lapwing & Fox. John, who knew Zadkine well, describes the sculpted accordion that the figure is holding as being ’like an armful of books’ and it is the bellows of the instrument and the movement and shapes they form while being played that feature most obviously in the new pieces of work I made on this theme.

"For the last few years I’ve been preoccupied with producing images, mostly in pastel on paper, using patterns and planes of colour that have been altered to disrupt or trick the eye’s flow over the picture surface. In the case of the wooden constructions, which are generally my starting point, these are often physically cut up and reassembled several times until the final image is settled upon.This idea derives from the ‘dazzle’ camouflage patterns employed in WW1 to visually disguise or confuse the shape and identity of ships at sea.

"Other recent works shown here have architectural themes as in the pieces based on the floor plans and isometric drawings of Mondrian’s Paris studio at 26 rue du Départ, the Windows series of geometric designs for stained glass and the GRILL variations which use both pastel and rust on paper. "

John Christie



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Penelope Hughes-Stanton

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John Christie


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