About Polar Bear Artist, Christine Montague
Christine Montague (B.F.A., B.Sc.) is an award winning, academically trained Canadian artist who creates dramatic polar bear portraiture paintings, symbol to beauty, intelligence, wonder and hope, even under environmental threat.
As a portrait artist (Dr. Oscar Peterson, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga) and figurative Canadian landscape painter, Christine owned open studios at a couple of popular Ontario art destination venues for almost 10 years. During that time her paintings appeared in over 50 regional art shows.
Now, committed to the polar bear and climate change story in her art, Christine works out of her studio in Mississauga, ON. In the past year, two of her polar bear paintings have been awarded first prize at juried shows (one of them a Canada wide call to artists), and her first solo polar bear show “Dark water” was held at Artworld Fine Art Gallery (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) in 2018.
To further her experience, Christine has traveled to Iqaluit and Cape Dorset in the arctic, and Churchill, Manitoba, the subarctic polar bear capital of the world.
Originally from Montreal, (Quebec, Canada) Christine has lived in the Greater Toronto Area (Ontario, Canada) most of her career. Her artwork has travelled further afield, to collections in Canada, the U.S.A, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, and Bermuda.
Christine Montague interviewed on Carolyn Edmund, Artsy Shark here
Christine Montague Interviewed by Bind Collective here
It ( a 30" x 30" polar bear portrait oil painting) has arrived in excellent condition and is now in place looking superb. I must commend the excellence of the artist in capturing the dynamic image. P., Great Britain, United Kingdom
I feel most fortunate to be able to one day soon hang this magnificent "story" (Polar Bear -Dark Water 1) in a prominent place where my husband and I can enjoy it every day. Your creative talent is amazing and reveals your passion for the focus of your masterpieces. What I love about your polar bear renditions is the "story" that seems to emanate from each piece. - S.B., AL, USA
A beautiful study and very moving approach to raise awareness of the dangers these beautiful animals (polar bears) face in an every changing environment. B.K.
I first made contact with Christine through a search online. She had painted a fabulous large (48" x 48") mono oil on of a menacing (in the nicest possible way), Maine Coon cat which she had posted on her web site. I of course, had to purchase it. Following that introduction I commissioned Christine to do a small colour portrait of 'Tilly', my Maine Coon. She did a wonderful job and has since originated a similar 'Tilly' mono for me. Distance was no object - Toronto, Ontario, Canada to UK - every picture arrived safe and sound and ready to have - I could even still smell the oil paint! C.W. Great Britain, United Kingdom
The artist exhibits a remarkable understanding of oil painting as well as an unusual depiction of a subject that is familiar but seen in a different light .Top Award. Lupe Rodriguez (artist, Art Gallery of Ontario & U. of T lecturer, CBC arts commentator) & Ann MacDonald (Director/Curator Doris McCarthy Gallery), Ontario, Canada
This one (a cat) is dreaming of conquest and power and the artist' s virtuoso brushwork perfectly suits the animal's emotion. Top Award. John Sommer, Curator, gallery Sol, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
Expertly composed and executed work with the flow of pattern on the water's surface echoed in the plant life on the shore. The colour of the flowers is a perfect counterpoint to the cool blues of the lake. Top Award. Judy Daley PAMA curator. Peel Heritage Art Gallery (now PAMA, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives). Brampton, Ontario, Canada