Christine Thery’s work is a remarkable reminder of the many dimensions of life in the West of Ireland. Though born and raised in Hong Kong, Christine now lives on Heir Island; a small island off the Southwest coast of Ireland. Christine’s paintings depict life on Heir Island and the nearby mainland. She celebrates its landscape, its people and its unforgotten and sustained rural heritage. She narrates captivating scenes proudly showing off her adopted homeland’s customs and traditions that too often go unnoticed yet remain very special.
Christine received her BA from Winchester College of Art. Upon completing her studies Christine then returned to Hong Kong, living in traditional villages of the outer islands. There she became heavily influenced and involved in rural farming projects working as a photographer, photo journalist, artist and illustrator.
Christine later moved back to England to work as an etcher. She subsequently moved with her husband aboard a boat, complete with her etching press, and sailed to the Caribbean and the USA. Just before setting off, they visited Heir Island where they returned to live five years later. Once again struck by the island’s rural traditions and community, Christine immersed her work in painting both the ordinary and extraordinary aspects of life on the island.
Christine has exhibited widely and has had many solo exhibitions. Her work can be found in many public collections, most recently includes the Graduate Medical School in the University of Limerick and the Cork Opera House.