Tim Christie

Lives and works: Wellington, New Zealand
Exhibitions: IN:SIGHT (2018)
“The disciplines of design translate well into art if you can think beyond trend and know how to break the rules.”

As the mastermind behind fashion-forward concept MONOMOKO, Tim Christie combines digital illustration and paint to create anthropomorphic images that fuse age-old tradition with modern technology.


The name embodies the monochromatic colour palette and the symmetry of the traditional Tā Moko face and body markings practised by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand.

Each of the Wellington-based artist’s pieces are digitally-generated using sourced imagery and computer-aided illustration. The underlying images are out of focus so the diagonal black and white lines transition from thin to heavy in a seamless linear flow.

Describing his work as a fusion of digital abstraction and pop art, graphic designer Tim explains that he wishes to explore the synthesis of a geometric aesthetic and organic symmetry.

Tim says: “I was interested in the relationship between a very controlled technical aesthetic and facial features. The strong emphasis on symmetry gives all these creatures a certain grandeur and presence."

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