... “Artist Christine Reimer uses a traveller’s vernacular when speaking about her work. “I don’t really choose the direction I go”, she said. “I get led”. When she veers from the path of her painted landscapes, her best-known work, she calls it a “creative detour”.
Painting is also a journey in the literal sense of the word for Reimer who grabs her camera and her husband and hits the road for what she calls “bus-man’s vacations”. They map out a route in advance, with special attention to the spots they expect to be the most picturesque. But Reimer always has her eyes open for that just-right image. “There’s just a moment that captures, for me, the essence of a place”.
The results are vibrantly coloured portraits of a place. In Evening Light on Quadra Island, the sky is alight with daubs of orange, yellow and periwinkle. There’s red in the evergreens and on the rocky shore and the water’s full of hued movement. ...
PROFILE: CREATIVE DETOURS (view article)
- Amy Smart, Arts Columnist, Times-Colonist, June 3, 2012
(A review written in conjunction with the opening of a June 2012 solo exhibition entitled “Peaks, Islands & Beyond, 30 Years of COLOUR”)"
looking at stained glass windows drenched in full sunlight - dazzled
by colours and their relationships to one another...
...whether painting the Okanagan wine
country, the hill towns of Tuscany or secluded inlets on the Gulf
Islands, Reimer paints not just what she sees, but what she feels...
...a powerful individuality supersedes
stylistic echoes of anyone else...
Grant Hayter-Menzies, Paintings are theatre on canvas,
Peninsula News, August 18, 2006
Christine Reimer is putting her thumbprint
on art history by painting colorful, non-conformist works. The non-conformity,
however, is not deliberate. Reimer is simply an independent artist
with a talent for looking at traditional subjects and painting them
in a fresh, new way. She churns acrylic ideas around on canvas, turns
them upside-down and inside-out. In the process, new ideas emerge
out of old ones. New characters appear. Old characters reappear.
Cinnamon West, Showcase, The Calgary Sunday Sun, June
artistic universe takes shape and form, rising from the canvas
in organized revelry, becoming worlds of glowing rocks and gleaming
water; moonlit, musical cafes; whimsical garden parties; architecture
in her tropical colours; and reclining figures lost in reverie.
Reimer's impressionistic, sunlit world is fueled by the energy
of colour and the power of imagination.
Kate Cino, Front Row, Boulevard Magazine, April/May
seems natural that the resplendent surroundings of Sooke Harbour House
are the home of more than 30 of Reimer's originals. Co-owner Sinclair
Philip speaks exuberantly about Reimer's work, calling it uplifting,
luminescent and popular with visitors from around the world.
Harbour House has just been rated Best Restaurant in the World for
Authentic Local Cuisine by Gourmet magazine. Maybe that's why
we resonate so well with Reimer's artwork, says Philip. We're
both transforming the local and unique aspects of our environment
into an aesthetic and inspiring experience by using our creative energy.
Sinclair Philip, Co-owner of Sooke Harbour House, Front Row
(Kate Cino), Boulevard Magazine, April/May 1998
Reimer is obsessing with color. At the moment it's cobalt blue. Next
week it might be cadmium yellow or fire engine red
prolifically creating big, brave works literally exploding with color
dreamy, mysterious images conjure up Chagall and, though it's easy
to draw out plenty of symbolism, Reimer suggests the message isn't
David Lennam, Color lady shows her stuff, ARTS, Oak Bay
News, Wednesday, April 22nd, 1998
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