C h r i s t i n e P o r t e r
I tell visual stories about rural Australia, being passionate about accurately recording images of the sheep, wool and cattle industries. My subjects describe a way of life often times on the very edge of urban memory. However, for all its apparent nostalgia, my work is not deliberately nostalgic. It’s about real people, real places. It’s about how, despite those lifestyles being trivialised by mass media and hijacked by tourism, for so many Australians this is home.
After receiving a teaching diploma from Armidale College of Advanced Education in 1982, Christine Porter completed the Visual Arts degree program at Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Through her favoured media of watercolour and etching, she has concentrated, for many years, on the subject matter of rural Australia, specifically the agricultural architecture of the sheep and wool industries. This practice has involved extensive travel, taking her to remote sheep and cattle stations throughout Australia where she renders both grand architectural vistas and more intimate narratives. She has received more than 40 commissions to paint significant rural properties, such as ‘Umbercollie,’, Goondiwindi, Queensland, ‘Mountview,’ Bendemeer, New South Wales and ‘Glendale,’ Whitehills, Tasmania.
A full-time professional artist since 1990, Porter has been awarded more than 150 prizes, including the 2002 Kenneth Jack Memorial Prize for Watercolour; the 1997 Zonta Award for Women Artists; the 2012 Bentley Art Prize and the 2006 MacGregor Fellowship from the University of Southern Queensland for overseas travel. She was a finalist in both the 2012 Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Prizeand the 2009 Country Energy Award for Landscape Painting.
In addition to holding annual solo exhibitions in public and commercial galleries in Australia and Edinburgh, Scotland (2006, 2007), she has participated in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently100 years of Australian Watercolour, Melbourne, and Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition, Taichung City,Taiwan, and Sydney.
Her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections in
Australia and abroad, including theMuseo
Nacional de la Acuarela, Mexico City; the National Gallery of Australia,
Canberra; Brisbane City Council; Queensland Arts Council; Canson Australia and
the University of Southern Queensland, as well as many regional public
A resident of Queensland for many years, she currently lives and works in Lismore, northern New South Wales.
Elected to the Australian Watercolour Institute in 1996, she has been a member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales since 2008 and a member of the Watercolour Society of Queensland since 1988.