b. 1989, Adelaide S.A
Donovan Christie makes his statement by addressing the symbiotic relationship between man and manmade surroundings, objectifying and highlighting the purity of things that are often overlooked. Emerging as a teen graffiti artist, he learnt to look at his environment different from others, with an acute eye for detail. Donovan’s paintings can be seen as witty and simple at first; however much like real life, the more you look the more there is to be seen. These realistic depictions of our daily settings are a reminder to stand still and view our landscape from a different lens.
The self-taught artist has been selected as a finalist in several major art prizes including The Waterhouse, The Kennedy, The Lethbridge 10000 and The Parklands Art Prize just to name a few, in addition to becoming the Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year for Arts and Fashion.
It proves very evident that Donovan was a child of the 1990’s, found on anything that had wheels, he was frequently seen on the streets of Adelaide leading the pack. Encountering such a rich history from an early age, it’s no wonder why he has an affinity for nostalgia and respect for the cornerstone of the corner store. The self-taught artist demonstrates a deeper understanding of the present sign of times and creates thought provoking narratives within the landscape. His oil paintings document and immortalise these scenes of our current day, capturing the character and charm of these modern day relics as we are on the verge of a dying era.
“As a 90s kid I have a vivid picture of what my home town (Adelaide) was to me; City Sk8, Magic Mountain, Night Train, and Tilt Arcade. All these places have left a lasting impression on me; however, with this fast paced world we now live in, people often forget what we used to have around us or even what we still do. My aim is to bring attention to the things that often take a backseat in our humble city, encouraging the viewer to pause and look at the landscape a little different.
Each picture I paint has a connection to me, even if only subtle; I am placing a piece of me into each painting. Each painting has a personal story attached; I have been a part of the scene in which I am capturing. I choose to leave the paintings vacant of people and life, not only to give the air that something has or is about to go down, but to also allow the viewer to place themselves in the setting and recreate their own memory or narrative.”