PRESENTING CONRAD

PAINTINGS

 

Conrad writing to poet, Dale A. Edmands

"I have always been one of the obsessed. From birth. I could stare at the head of a pin for a million years. I am subject to crushes, obsessions, fetishes. Each time I fell madly in love, the object of my passion was never available. Delay was my closest lover. Yet Lucidity came to me. I learnt to work with suffering, ruthlessly applying it. I worked with the bloody tangle, unwinding the cords that threatened to strangle, working like a mad silk worm, year after year... In darkness, in blinding light light, I studied the somber jewel of sorrow. Stumbling upon secret seams of joy, I found a type of balance. Working like a medium, I called up many influences, sorting them blindly, perceptively. This is the way with creative people - they are born with an excess of mental energy. If not used properly it rots. In this way one must be careful with obsession. One must work with it... the energy must be conducted... and one must learn how to do this, otherwise it turns back on the creator causing stagnation and torment..." 



The art of Christina Conrad, and indeed her life, is a distinct and marvellous phenomenon. Her vision seems just as surprising to me now as when I first met her in 1970. It has always seemed to me that she embodies the integrity of an outsider scorning the hurried directions of modern pretence and emptiness. Christina is not a part of the cynicism or dehumanisation that often unbalances art and makes of it a pathetic amusement.  -  Nigel Brown

                            

                                                                                                                                

WATERCOLORS - all watercolors approx 24" x 31"

 

BEFORE DARKNESS FELL - 1985
 
 
 

 THE STONE CARVER - 1985

 

 

THE ARTIST & THE STONE CARVER - 1985

 

 

 SORROW CAME - 1987

 

 

 LAST DAYS OF THE STONE CARVER & THE ARTIST - 1985

 

 

 LOVE ON A BLOODY AFTERNOON - 1985

 

 

 ON A HOT AFTERNOON I THINK OF YOU - 1989

 

 THE LOVERS - 1988

 

 THE ARTIST BEFORE HER 45th BIRTHDAY - 1987

ON THE BRIDGE - 1987

 

FEVER AND THE TEAPOT - 1987

 

REFUGEES IN DARGAVILLE - - 1985

 

 

 LAST DAYS IN THE AVOCA VALLEY - 1987

 

 

 THE DEATH OF SIMON, MY BELOVED DEALER - 1987

 CONRAD & HER DEALER, SIMON, ON THE BRIDGE -1986

 


THE ARTIST & GENTLEMEN OF THE ART WORLD - 1987

 

THE STONE CARVER & THE RED TEAPOT - 1985

 

ONE AFTERNOON IN GLOVES - 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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CLAY ICON - Drawing incised on earthenware and fired.

 

CLAY ICON - Drawing incised on earthenware and fired.

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