Tim Christie is a New Zealand-based designer and artist.
His work in design and advertising has seen him develop some of New Zealand's most iconic brands including identities for The Interislander, Radio New Zealand and New Zealand Wine. He has featured in New Zealand and Australian design awards and his work has been published internationally.
In 2017 Tim released a collection of digitally generated visual art. The initial body of work emerged from a series of explorations where he examined the intersection between two distinctly different domains. The fusion between angular geometric abstraction and softer, anatomical forms, like faces, spawned an original and intriguing new aesthetic. His innovative, fashion-forward style has been described as a modern synthesis of Op Art, Pop Art, Street Art, Geometric Expressionism and De Stijl.
“I was curious to explore the relationship between a very controlled technical aesthetic and facial features, with the inherent symmetry of the latter providing a shared language between these two worlds.”
Tim’s work captures a wide audience and he has experienced rapid success in New Zealand and abroad, where he won an award with the UK’s largest fine art group.
Over the last two years, he has deepened his interest in his art and extended the collection to include lightboxes, large original acrylic paintings and weavings. In particular, he has enjoyed playing with the space or ‘void’ between abstract and representational art.
“I enjoy protracting the transitional experience between these two dimensions. With my large painted pieces, I exploit the 2D surface qualities to draw attention to the graphic nature of the art and to further 'camouflage' the underlying 3D compositions. It allows me to present seemingly abstract pieces of geometric art that can concurrently tell stories and explore themes with the representational subject matter. Though some explore deeper themes or cultural concepts, many are whimsical and have a quirky idea or story to tell.
Tim has shown in a number of international destinations including Sydney, Hong Kong, London, Manchester, Chester, Edinburgh, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He is represented by various galleries overseas and his pieces now adorn the walls of collectors from Australasia, North America, Asia and Europe.