‘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.’
Making a career from my art was always the plan – but life got busy and the time was never right. A serious fall from a horse reminded me there won’t always be a tomorrow so every today has to matter.
In 2001 I was working with problem horses as a specialist trainer when the course of my life changed in an instant. When I looked down at my hands I saw dislocated and broken fingers – an x-ray would reveal a finger bone on my drawing hand was almost shattered.
Nursing my mangled hands I listened to the emergency doctor assume I didn’t use my hands for any particular skill and suggesting to just patch me up. Taking a moment to comprehend his words I replied “I do actually.” That was the moment I knew I had to take my art seriously – before it was taken away from me.
After finding the best hand surgeon available, a long rehabilitation process began.
Sealing his fate at the age of 10, Patrick Christie dipped a nibbed pen into an inkwell for the very first time. Wanderlust determined the years that followed would fill with travel and adventure, all the while refining his craft – evolving into his now instantly recognisable style. Breathing new life into a centuries old tradition of ink on paper Christie adds thinly veiled quirks, an edge of humour and a splash of colour – giving the genre a contemporary twist.
His dedication to strive for precision and exquisite detail is astonishing. Remarkably all drawn without copying from an arrangement – the artwork flows through the pen to the paper directly from Christie’s imagination. ‘Once I get into “flow” my sense of time and my surroundings slip away. It’s like an external force has control of my hand’ says Christie.
On closer inspection more details emerge from a piece that can take 200 or more hours to complete. Patrons enjoy searching for one of Christie’s visual signature touches: at least one insect forms part of the composition in all his drawings; often there’s many – laying down a challenge to discover them all.