British Sheep Breeds


image: Scottish Blackface 2009 watercolour on paper (private collection)


A series of watercolour paintings of some of the British breeds of sheep by Australian artist, Christine Porter, created as a result of her 2007 McGregor Fellowship trip to the UK. The paintings were exhibited at the Toowoomba Regional Gallery in Jan 2008, The  Moree Gallery April 2008, and at the Royal Highland Show, in Edinburgh in June 2008, where Christine was the official guest international artist of the Scottish branch of the National Sheep Association.

artist statement

The catalogue writing from the Toowoomba exhibition describes how the sheep portraits became part of the emigration story, at the same time being quite simply paintings of some of the sheep she’d encountered. She writes: The seven day Hadrian’s Wall walk , from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west, is 165 km, crosses land farmed for more than two thousand years. The pattern of fields of improved pasture, grazing the ovine and the docile, fenced and hedged and walled, seemed repeated all over the UK; not once in the three months of my trip was I out of sight of fence or house or town. My walk became inevitably a meditation on both Roman and British colonisation and led 

installation-view-toowoomba-regional-gallery-jan-2008me to consider those patterns of repeated emigration within my own family that placed me, suddenly, where my ancestors had been re-placed from…This series of paintings, individual sheep that stand in for all the once native elements of this once wild place, describes how generations, nay, tens-of-thousands of generations of invaders, landholders and city-dwellers have subjugated the wild there, resulting in the land as a palimpsest; native stock as exotic and a people tucked safely away in their houses, warm and protected from “nature”. Christine Porter  Toowoomba 2008 

available artwork

All the paintings from this series have sold, however  in 2008 Christine created a multi plate colour etching of a small Swaledale lamb to complement the paintings. There are some still available from this edition. More information about lamb etchings and Full Moon Publications have published three of the sheep images as a set of blank greeting cards. more information about sheep cards

'Lamb' 2008 multiplate colour etching. some avalability
‘Lamb’ 2008 multiplate colour etching. some avalability


The sheep card series by Christine Porter

Selected archive

This is a small collection of the work from this series which has sold into private collections in Australia and the UK. Contact Christine if you have a breed of sheep you’d like her to see.

'Feeding time' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘Feeding time’ 2007 watercolour. Sold
'Farmer' 2008 watercolour. Sold
‘Farmer’ 2008 watercolour. Sold
'Beatrix Potter's Herdwicks' 2007. watercolour. Sold
‘Beatrix Potter’s Herdwicks’ 2007. watercolour. Sold
'Penned Sheep' 2007 watercolour. sold
‘Penned Sheep’ 2007 watercolour. sold
'Scottish blackface and twins' 2008 . watercolour. Sold
‘Scottish blackface and twins’ 2008 . watercolour. Sold
'Welsh Badger-Faced sheep' 2008 watercolour. sold
‘Welsh Badger-Faced sheep’ 2008 watercolour. sold
'Paddock Leicester' 2008 watercolour. Sold
‘Paddock Leicester’ 2008 watercolour. Sold
'The Wensleydales of Cheedle' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘The Wensleydales of Cheedle’ 2007 watercolour. Sold
'Are you my mother' 2007 watercolour. sold
‘Are you my mother’ 2007 watercolour. sold
'Jacob rare breed' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘Jacob rare breed’ 2007 watercolour. Sold
'Pippy longstocking' 2007 watercolour. sold
‘Pippy longstocking’ 2007 watercolour. sold
'Being the black sheep' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘Being the black sheep’ 2007 watercolour. Sold
'Shearer' 2008 watercolour. sold
‘Shearer’ 2008 watercolour. sold
' lamb, looking' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘ lamb, looking’ 2007 watercolour. Sold
'lady in waiting' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘lady in waiting’ 2007 watercolour. Sold. Available as blank greeting card
'Two lambs' 2008 watercolour. Sold
‘Two lambs’ 2008 watercolour. Sold
'Wee Lamb' 2007 watercolour. Sold.
‘Wee Lamb’ 2007 watercolour. Sold.Available as Blank Greeting card
'Ewe' 2007 watercolour. Sold
‘Ewe’ 2007 watercolour. Sold. Available as blank greeting card.
'Black and Blue' 2008 watercolour and body colour. Sold
‘Black and Blue’ 2008 watercolour. Sold