"Unlike the traditional art forms, my pigments and dyes are of primary colors. Secondary and tertiary colors are created as the primary layers mix on the paper. As an artists, I choose the shades of yellow or blue but the batik chooses the resulting green. This process may appear limiting but within those limitations are limitless possibilities. Often like life itself, the very process requires a give and take and a relinquishing to the results without an attachment to the outcome".
- Kristine Allphin
Kristine's education and experience in illustration and composition brings an original style, sensitivity and craftsmanship to her batik work. She has won numerous awards and exhibitions including Stuhr Museum and Nebraska Arts Council and Museum of Nebraska Art. She was featured in the April 2016 issue of Art and Architecture Magazine as an emerging artist to watch. Her work has been purchased for use on Hollywood movie sets, corporations, hospitals and private collectors as far away as Canada and Sri Lanka.
Although Batik is a challenging medium, Kristine's goal and purpose as an artist is to push it's limits to a level of fine art. She utilizes her knowledge of illustration and design and experimentation of non traditional batik materials to produce the many complicated color blends and combinations.
She and her family reside in the Hastings Nebraska where she finds inspiration in the always changing seasons, native grasses and vast prairie landscapes.
What is Batik?
Batik is an ancient decorative art used to embellish textiles. The textiles or paper is immersed in a dye bath. Wax is applied to preserve the color. This process is repeated many times creating additional color combinations and detail. In the end, the wax is removed revealing the finished art.
Today, many batiks are created by painting the dye on the fabric. This is considered faux batik method. Kristine prefers to use the ancient vat dying method when applying the dyes to the textiles. This traditional process is time consuming and complicated but each color is a combination of the previous applied colors, causing her to work from primaries to neutral and light to dark hues. A thorough understanding of color theory is required for this process but the results are the unique color combinations found in her work.
Awards, Publications and Installations
2017 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award Nomination, Best two person show, Omaha Nebraska
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, Hastings Nebraska. Commissioned art installation completed July 2016
Western Art and Architecture Ones To Watch: Spotlighting the works of mixed-media artist Kristine Allphin February March Issue 2016 Link
Stuhr Museum, Wings Over the Platte Juried Exhibit, Best of Show "Prairie Platte" February-March 2015
Nebraska Life Magazine, Featured Article September - October Issue 2014
Ernestine Quick Memorial Art Competition, Honorable Mention January 2014
Artwork Featured in the Movie 'No Good Deed' Release date; summer 2014
2012 Norfolk Art Center, Juried Exhibit. 'Kansas Wheat' Best of Show.
2017 Stuhr Museum, Grand Island Nebraska, February-April
2016 Hornady Art Gallery, Crane Trust, August - October.
2016 Longwell Art Museum, Neosho Missouri January February
2015 Meadowlark Gallery, Grant Nebraska July
2014 Crane Trust Solo Exhibit, Alda, Nebraska May-June
2014 Bone Creek Agrarian Museum of Art, Solo Exhibit, David City Nebraska July - November
Invitational and Juried Exhibitions
2016 MONA Nebraska Museum of Art, Spirit Gala, Kearney Nebraska April
2015 Fred Simon Gallery, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Nebraska October- November
2016 Stuhr Museum, Wings Over the Platte Juried Exhibit, February March
2014 Crane Trust Nebraska Artists Exhibit, Alda Nebraska March- April
2013 Crane Trust Center Nebraska Artists Exhibit. Alda Nebraska March-April
2012 Norfolk Art Center, Norfolk Nebraska Juried Exhibit 2012.
2015 Prairie Winds Gallery, Grand Island Nebraska August
2015 Graham Gallery, Hastings Nebraska
2014 Noyes Art Gallery, Lincoln Nebraska, October
2012 Columbus Art Gallery, Columbus, Nebraska July- August.
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Museum of Nebraska Art
Norfolk Art Center
Crane Trust Nature Center Gallery.
Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art
Columbus Art Gallery.
Fred Simon Gallery, Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha Nebraska