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Philocaly aka The Love of Beauty

Main Gallery

Christine Nilsson and Amanda Ritchie

Sep 17, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019

Mother/daughter painters at the Pearl Ellis Art Gallery

The Pearl Ellis Art Gallery presents “Philocaly, the Love of Beauty”, by mother/daughter team, Christina Nilsson and Amanda Ritchie from September 17 to October 4. 

The women were influenced by their mother/grandmother, Mariana Nilsson, in their ability to see the beauty in the world and both inherited her artistic talent.

Their styles are vastly different whether the subject is landscape, nature, the human form, an emotion or personal experience. Christina’s work is “semi-realism” but with in intuitive feel. She paints nature, animals, birds, people, and occasionally adds a touch of whimsy using oils, acrylics or watercolour. She was largely self-taught before graduating from North Island College’s Fine Arts program in 2016.

Amanda uses abstract expressionism to express her own experiences and emotions. Her works are varied, blending bright colours and muted shades to create a soft landing for the eye. She often adds a geometric hard line or shape. Her work is a combination of soft/hard, masculine/feminine, quiet/loud.... balance is the key.

Art for both Amanda and Christina have become a need to express, explore and experience the beauty that surrounds them.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 21, 1:00-3:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance and everyone is welcome.


"Flirtatious Seal"
by Christina Nilsson
"Skottlinje"
by Amanda Ritchie
"One With An Eye"
by Christina Nilsson
"Sommar"
by Amanda Ritchie
"Grumpy"
by Christina Nilsson
"Styrka I Kaos"
by Amanda Ritchie
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