Black History Month – Cedric Christie
Courtesy of Harlow Museum
CEDRIC Christie grew up in Spencers Croft, Harlow and is now an internationally recognised artist. He attended Purford Green Junior School and Brays Grove secondary school. Cedric went to Harlow Technical College, where he completed a City & Guilds qualification in welding – a skill he uses in much of his work.
He draws from this experience and applies today in his sculpture practice.
He wondered a lot about the qualities of metal and about the meaning of being an artist. His is notable for the use of colour in art and critically engages with the use of colour. The characteristic feature of Cedric Christie’s pieces is the numerous materials that he employs, such as steel, pieces of scaffolding, billiard balls, and cars.
Cedric Christie’s creations are displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions, in several galleries of the world, such as Brussels, New York, London, and Harlow.
His work is displayed in several private and public collections as well.
Cedric’s ‘Colour Has No Words’ exhibition was hosted by The Gibberd Gallery in 2019.
Cedric fondly remembers his childhood in Harlow:
‘It was brilliant. It was absolutely excellent being a child of Harlow… we had space, we laughed a lot, we got into minor trouble. Everyone across the town mixed, we skateboarded in front of the Library – it was a very, very happy childhood.’
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