Biography

Splendid Wren & Blue Triangle Butterfly

Splendid Wren & Blue Triangle Butterfly

 

Born in South Australia, Christopher’s love for art and wildlife began early having spent his childhood in small country towns. Although he has studied illustration and art in various forms, he is basically self-taught and is often regarded as one of the leaders in the field of wildlife art in Australia.

His art has been exhibited since 1995 with works now hanging in various Australian and overseas collections. Many of his paintings have been reproduced for fine art limited edition prints and commissioned for Australia Post stamps, including the recent stamp issues ‘Australian Songbirds’ (2009), ‘Australian Kingfishers’ (2010) and ‘Australian Waterbirds’ (2011). Christopher is a member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Birdlife Australia and Artists for Conservation.

 

Christopher’s artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive subjects, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. His understanding of three-dimensional objects and their relation to the surrounding space give the viewer a clear sense of being present.
Barry Newton, Gallery Director, 2005

 

BIOGRAPHY

Awards
2016, Winner, Australia Post Favourite Stamp Issue
2009, Winner, Australia Post Favourite Stamp Award
2009, Winner, Australia Post Favourite Stamp Issue
2009, Moreton Bay Region Art Award – Finalist / Painting
2008, Australia Post – Winner – Favourite Territories Stamp issue and Favourite Territories Stamp
2008, Waterhouse Art Prize – Finalist, Highly Commended (Oil / Acrylic painting)
2005, Waterhouse Art Prize – Finalist, Oil / Acrylic painting
1997, First Prize; Best Oil / Acrylic painting & Highly Commended, Wildlife Art Society of South Australia (W.A.S.S.A.) Annual Exhibition (Monarto)
1996, First Prize & Best Oil / Acrylic painting, W.A.S.S.A. Annual Exhibition

 

Solo Exhibitions
2012, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2011, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2005, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2004, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2002, Tomlinson Gallery, SA
2000, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1999, Greenhill Gallery, SA

 

Group Exhibitions
2010, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2009, Schubert’s Contemporary Gallery, QLD
2008, The Waterhouse Art Prize, SA
2008, Schubert’s Contemporary Gallery, QLD
2007, A White Patch Gallery, QLD
2006, Art Domain Gallery – SALA, SA
2005, The Waterhouse Art Prize, SA
2003, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2001, Tomlinson Gallery, SA
1998, Greenhill Gallery SALA Exhibition, SA
1997, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1997, Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Monarto W.A.S.S.A. Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Burnside Lions Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1996, W.A.S.S.A. Exhibition, SA
1996, Grandeur House, SA
1995, Grandeur House, SA
1995, Kiwanis Art Exhibition, SA
1995, Wildlife Art Society of South Australia (W.A.S.S.A.) Exhibition, SA
1995, Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition, SA
1995, Grandeur House Wildlife Exhibition, SA

 

Commissions
2016, Australia Post, illustration commission (Owls: Guardians of the Night)
2012, Australia Post, illustration commission (Pardalotes, Australian Birds)
2011, Australia Post, illustration commission (Australian Waterbirds)
2010, Australia Post, illustration commission (Australian Kingfishers)
2009, Australia Post, illustration commission (Song Birds of Australia)
2008, Australia Post, illustration commission (Visiting Birds of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands)

Publications
2013, Australia Post ‘Australian Birds, An Artist’s collection’

Collections
Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United Kingdom