One Hip Squeegee Kid

September 25, 2008

By Mike Landry
Robert Christie's "Off the Road"---part of his latest series of paintings.

Robert Christie's "Off the Road"---part of his latest series of paintings.

Saskatoon-based painter Robert Christie is neither young nor hip. He likes to think he might have been years ago. But just because he’s not an cool-kid hipster anymore doesn’t mean his art isn’t cutting edge.

“You always want to push your work, which is why I move from series perhaps more than a lot of people do,” says Christie. “The endeavor is to make it new and fresh for me. If they’re modern or fresh, I hope they’re that at least, and that they offer a viewer some new substance on admittedly something that has been around a long time.”

You can call him Mr. Organization. It’s taken Christie four decades to assume the moniker, but his latest series of paintings bear the fruits of his effort. Before placing a drop of paint on his canvas Christie has started using gel to organize the layout of his painting. After he’ll add the occasional shapes, but he won’t change too much. With bulk of the painting determined, Christie is ready to deal with his real challenge.

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