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Nick Christie: Contactless


Friday, 16 September 2016 to Saturday, 29 October 2016
Friday, 16 September 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nick Christie, The Living Bible, 2016, Solarplate on paper, 28x40cm

Nick Christie records the subtle, liminal marks and gestures made during the processes of drawing and printmaking. In his recent series of Solarplate and mono prints, the whirls and tracks of the artist’s smeared fingerprints form images that explore the constantly changing nature of everyday communications as we increasingly move from the physical interaction with the real printed page to its simulation on the screen of the smart phone and tablet.

Using found book covers and pages as a starting point, Christie prints them whole using an etching press. The imagery is then synthesised into original plates that can be reworked and drawn upon. This plate making process is chosen in part because of its parallels to the manufacturing techniques of smart phone and tablets. Employing an automatic mark making style alongside the impressions made by the plates, the artist explores the themes of these books. Revealing the hidden textures and memories of their surface in this way, he seeks to create something new and unexpected.

‘Contactless’ is showing at Vane alongside the International Print Biennale: 2016 Print Awards, the centerpiece of the International Print Biennale, which is also hosted by Northern Print and Gallery North.

Presented as part of the fourth International Print Biennale, 16 September – 29 October 2016. The largest and most prestigious printmaking event in the UK with exhibitions and events taking place at venues across the North East of England. For more information go to

Artist ( Description ): 

Nick Christie was born in 1985 in Croydon and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. He studied BA Honours Fine Art at Northumbria University, 2008-11. He completed the Graduate Fellowship in Printmaking at Northumbria University in 2011-12, and a Fellowship in Printmaking at Northern Print in 2013.

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Venue ( Address ): 

Vane was founded in 1997 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Vane opened a permanent gallery space in Newcastle city centre in 2005. In October 2011 Vane launched a brand new gallery space on the first floor of Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street in the centre of Newcastle. Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well as showing the work of invited artists in collaboration with other galleries. The gallery directors are Paul Stone and Christopher Yeats. Vane is supported by Arts Council England.

Vane , Gateshead

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