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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Illustrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Lentil Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sweden
Favorite Quote:
Walk Lightly With A Big Stick.

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1971
Birth Location:
Plainfield, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Illustrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Lentil Soup
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sweden
Favorite Quote:
Walk Lightly With A Big Stick.

Birthplace

Born:
7/26/1971
Birth Location:
Plainfield
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Biography

Illustrator and freelance artist Richard Gregory Christie was born on July 26, 1971 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Ludra V. St. Amant Christie and Gerard Adoltus Christie. Raised by his mother, a Louisiana Creole, and his father, a Jamaican pharmacist, Christie was raised in the Scotch Plains community of Plainfield near the Jerseyland Resort. He attended St. Bartholomew the Apostle Elementary School where he demonstrated a talent for art early on. In 1985, Christie worked for Commercial Art and Supply while he attended Fanwood High School. Graduating in 1989, he enrolled in New York City’s School for Visual Arts (SVA). His first illustration was published by the Star Ledger in the summer of 1990. In 1993, Christie graduated from SVA with his B.F.A. degree.

In 1994, Christie illustrated the album cover of Justice System’s Summer in the City. Soon, his work graced the covers of jazz labels from all over the world, including Joe Sample’s Old Places Old Faces Warner Brothers, 1996; George Benson’s A Song for my Brother Giant Step Records, 1997; and Coltrane The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings GRP Impulse, 1997. Christie’s’ illustrations also appeared in numerous publications in Europe, Asia and America. In 1996, he illustrated Lucille Clifton’s The Palm of My Heart; Poetry by African American Children. The book won a Coretta Scott King Award honor from the American Library Association and a Reading Magic Award from Parenting magazine.

Christie has illustrated the biographies of many other significant historical and cultural figures, including Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Sojourner Truth. In 2006, he won a Coretta Scott King Award honor for Brothers in Hope ; The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and for illustrating Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth.
Currently, Christie is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - R. Gregory Christie lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - R. Gregory Christie describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - R. Gregory Christie describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - R. Gregory Christie talks about the religious composition of Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his father's decision to pursue a career in pharmacy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his family's interest in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - R. Gregory Christie describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - R. Gregory Christie talks about growing up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie talks about confronting racism while growing up in Scotch Plains New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie talks about confronting racism while growing up in Scotch Plains New Jersey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his and his father's musical interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - R. Gregory Christie recalls being raised Catholic and interactions with extended family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - R. Gregory Christie describes his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his early interest in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his elementary education at St. Bartholomew Academy in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - R. Gregory Christie describes the area in which he grew up in New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - R. Gregory Christie describes his interests and activities while growing up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - R. Gregory Christie recalls his experiences at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - R. Gregory Christie considers the impact of his high school friendships on his outlook
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his membership in the Scotch Plains Fanwood Arts Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie talks about being a finalist for the Governor's Award in Arts Education in New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie explains his decision to attend School of Visual Arts in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his friendships forged during his early years in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his work with the Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - R. Gregory Christie describes his employment trajectory at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - R. Gregory Christie describes his experiences at the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his decision to enter the commercial art world after graduating from School of Visual Arts in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - R. Gregory Christie expounds on the entertainment value of art and assessing artistic merit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - R. Gregory Christie recalls his art shows at Nell's nightclub in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - 04:07:05:20R. Gregory Christie describes the recent homogenization of the art world in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon developing ethics and values as a young adult
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon forming friendships with people from a variety of different backgrounds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie describes creating an album cover for Zapp
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - R. Gregory Christie recalls developing his own style and learning how to illustrate children's books
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - R. Gregory Christie shares his perspective on celebrity artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - R. Gregory Christie talks about the impetus for his work as a freelance artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - R. Gregory Christie talks about the impact of his mother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - R. Gregory Christie describes his artistic process and learning certain techniques
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - R. Gregory Christie talks about the transition from commercial to fine art
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - R. Gregory Christie talks about what he's gained from illustrating children's books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - R. Gregory Christie describes the process of creating the children's book 'The Palm of my Heart: Poetry by African American Children'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie talks about collaborations between authors and illustrators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie talks about being represented by an agent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie explains how he came to represent himself as an artist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon the importance of learning about history while also focusing on living in the present
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - R. Gregory Christie describes live painting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon the value of art, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon the value of art, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - R. Gregory Christie talks about working with acrylic and gouache in his artwork
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - R. Gregory Christie talks about his mural for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - R. Gregory Christie describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - R. Gregory Christie reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - R. Gregory Christie talks about the effects of being removed from his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - R. Gregory Christie narrates his paintings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - R. Gregory Christie narrates his paintings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - R. Gregory Christie narrates his paintings, pt. 3