Christine Hähner Murdock

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I was born in Germany in 1972 into a family of artists in the third generation. I studied Fine Art, Social Sciences and Education between 1992 and 1998 in Germany and traveled through Europe thereafter. I moved to the United States in 1999, where I lived and worked until 2007. I then returned to Germany to continue to study the connections between colors, shapes and emotions.

It has always been important to me to use art to strengthen the ‘good’ inherent in people. It had been one of the reasons, why I wanted to become a professional artist. And even though I knew it worked, I didn’t know how. When I returned to Germany, I devoted my time to study the connections between colors, shapes and emotions, from a psychological, social and neurobiological point of view and experiment with the findings in my art.


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I was born in Germany in 1972 into a family of artists in the third generation. I studied Fine Art, Social Sciences and Education between 1992 and 1998 in Germany and traveled through Europe thereafter. I moved to the United States in 1999, where I lived and worked until 2007. I then returned to Germany to continue to study the connections between colors, shapes and emotions.

At a young age I had studied various artistic techniques alongside my parents, so I was able to use them as it was appropriate for what I wanted my art to do at the time. My favorite media had been dry media, before I started using acrylic paint more extensively. I still like to mix wet and dry media, if it helps me to accomplish what I have in mind.

While still in Europe, I financed my travels, drawing and selling pictures of historic sites and homes. While living in Detroit, I drew high scale real estates on commission basis as well as portraits, or other artwork ‘on demand’. In 2005, we published the book Images in Stone. Detroit — the first 300 years, which was printed as a limited edition collector’s item and funded by MotorCities National Heritage Area and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society. The idea was to educate and raise awareness about Detroit’s rich historical heritage by featuring more than 40 visions of re-contructed historical sites. After finishing the book, I obtained a grant to design four 6’x8’ paintings for the GM world headquarters in Detroit: to educate about GM’s impact on the city of Detroit.

It has always been important to me to use art to strengthen the ‘good’ inherent in people. It had been one of the reasons, why I wanted to become a professional artist. And even though I knew it worked, I didn’t know how. When I returned to Germany, I devoted my time to study the connections between colors, shapes and emotions, from a psychological, social and neurobiological point of view and experiment with the findings in my art.

Music has also always played an important role in my artwork. I had been trained in classical music from a young age and to me, music and fine arts had always been the same, looking at it from the perspective of how they appeal to our mind, spirit and soul.

Even though it’s been an old issue, it’s still one of the areas I would like to experiment more with in the future.


exhibitions

  • 2008 Nov/Dec: Participation in group exhibit “Through the Eyes of Love”, in honor of the World AIDS Day, The Galleria, Fort Lauderdale
  • 2008 May: Participation in group exhibit “Faces of Immigration” at Bagley Housing, Detroit
  • 2007 April: Art Auction at Bagley Housing, Detroit
  • 2007 March: Revelation of 4 canvases for GM world headquarters
  • 2006 December: Group exhibit at Bagley Housing, Detroit
  • 2006 May: Grant award to create artwork for the GM World Headquarters in Detroit
  • 2005: Creation of the award winning book Images in Stone. Detroit — The first 300 years.
  • 2003: Group Exhibition at the Detroit Club
  • 2001 June: Exhibit at Novus Art Gallery, Grosse Pointe, MI to co-incite with the Landing of Tall Ships at Detroit’s Hart Plaza (part of the city’s tri-centennial Celebration)
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