Illustrations with astonishing precision and exquisite detail | Patrick Christie

 

‘Through my work I strive to invoke reflection on the aesthetics of overindulgence, opulence and decadence in our natural world… even in decaying life and creepy-crawly insects, beauty can be found’ – Patrick Christie

 

27 bugs – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 2012

At the tender age of 10, Patrick Christie dipped a nibbed pen into an inkwell for the very first time. He spent his following three decades refining and perfecting his now instantly recognisable style – keeping the centuries old tradition of ink on paper alive and adding thinly veiled quirks and humour to give his work a contemporary twist.

His dedication to precision and exquisite detail is astonishing. Remarkably all drawn without copying from an arrangement, the artwork flows through the pen onto the paper directly from Christie’s imagination. ‘Once I get into “flow” I loose all sense of time and my surroundings. It’s like an external force has control of my hand’ says Christie.

On closer inspection more details emerge from a piece that takes 200 or more hours to complete. Patrons enjoy searching for Christie’s visual signature touch: at least one insect in all his drawings; often there’s many—laying down a challenge to discover them all.

 

Australia – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 2012

Opulence – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 200

21 bugs – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 2010

working on FEAST – 2012 – dipping pen and ink – 300cm long

 

the cocks – dipping pen and ink – w75 x h77cm – 2012

tea for two – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 2010

three famous beauties – dipping pen and ink – w57 x h77cm – 2012

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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