Christina Akerson

“I express myself through paint strokes that blur the lines between reality and  abstraction. I’m interested in the unique character of each medium, how it behaves and how far it can be manipulated to find the value of its surface presence. Whether it’s flat like alcohol-ink, thick like acrylic paint, shiny like metal, or matte like spray paint, the mediums accentuate each other's differences, yet come together as a whole. When it comes to subjects, I am most intrigued by a person’s experience amongst nature. I pose the figure in their scene as if they are unaware of the lens that focuses on them and believe this brings us closer to to an inner life and closer to innocence.”—Christina Akerson

Christina is a Huntington Beach based artist and a 4th generation Asian American. Her new collection Beach Day is exhibiting at The City Hall of Laguna Beach for the Environmental Awareness Exhibition. Simultaneously, her Lady Bird Mural and Sailing Mural Inkscapes are showing at the Laguna Art-A-Fair .

The Lady Bird Mural and The Sailing Mural act as both collections and murals. Christina explores the possibility of works that contribute their individualities to a larger story. Arranged on a wall as one scene, which has been chosen by the owner or curator, the paintings speak to each other and harmonize across negative space without frames or visual barriers.

In 2022, Christina was the first artist to receive the top three awards in the same year at the 54th Annual Sunset Beach Firehouse Exhibit: Best in Show, 1st in Acrylic, and 1st in Mixed Media.

Her study in art can be traced back to when the Head of the Art department of her High School, Leslie Brandlin, mentored her to compete for awards. Christina won but declined a path to art school to accept study in Opera. Later in life, she returned to painting when she joined an art studio in New Mexico under Janet Bothne, an expressionist painter, and has been painting daily since.

 

She holds a BA in Music from UCLA, and a Master of Music from The Manhattan School of Music, having received full scholarships in Opera. During her career, she performed internationally and toured nationally with Broadway shows and Opera, appearing also on Disney, FOX, and NBC for tv and film.

Juried Exhibitions & Gallery Representation

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2022  Laguna Art Gallery at The Shops at Mission Viejo, CA

2022  City of Laguna Beach Exhibition Environmental Awareness at City Hall

2022  Art-A-Fair, Laguna Beach CA

2022  Sunset Beach Firehouse Gallery, Sunset Beach CA

2021 to Present:  Solo Work at Shanghai Salon, Costa Mesa CA

2020 "Women's Work 2020" Ghostwolf Gallery, Albuquerque NM

2020  "Women's Visions and Ventures", The Gallery ABQ

2020  Group Show "Albuquerque Artists" Seasons Old Town Albuquerque​

Grants & Awards 

Best In Show, Sunset Beach Firehouse Art Exhibit 

1st Place in Acrylic, Sunset Beach Firehouse Art Exhibit 

1st Place in Mixed Media, Sunset Beach Firehouse Art Exhibit 

1st Place, Monterey County Art Association

1st Place, Home Savings Bank Young Artist Award

Education

UCLA, Bachelor of Arts

Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music

Contact

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