Maerz Contemporary started working with Christine Haberstock in 2017. The artist was born and raised by German parents in South Africa and remained in her native city Cape Town `til the age of 23, when she after having received her degree from St Michaelis` School of Art moved on to California to attend Otis Parsons School of Design and Art.
Interrupted only by two years in Australia she stayed put in US until 1999 when she moved on to Berlin, Germany, where she today lives and works.
Her works are sought by collectors all over the world and in addition to being included in public spaces such as the Chancellery of Germany and the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, her woks are as well part of numerous private collections. Bruce Willis, Michael Douglas, Linda Evangelista - to mention only a few.
In addition to illustration and painting, Christine Haberstock places great emphasis on working with children, creating community art projects, public murals and stage design.
Christine works in oil and watercolor, as well as the traditional printmaking techniques of woodcut, silk print and lithography. Her central themes : Identity and loss, melancholy and desire, are expressed with sensual directness and bold gesture.
Recently we met with Christine during one of her printing sessions in Bethanien, Berlin where she is about to finish a new woodcut for the Maerz portfolio. You can have a look into the studio here.
On May 5th we made an artist talk with her, streamed live via Zoom, where we also presented a digital exhibition.