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Chris Wake

Search terms: Figurative painting, fantasy painting

Artists Statement:

"As an artist, I am compelled to go beyond a purely decorative visual connection between the artist and viewer, to a place where my work is a catalyst of discussion, challenge, or humor. My aim is to trigger interaction between the viewer and painting and extrude an interpretation unique to that individual. I am currently studying our curious human behaviour and am fascinated by the fact that we are a social species and every cultural group on this planet come together to share a meal and I love to observe the interaction between people."

Chris Wake was born in Adelaide in 1960, and has been painting since 1976. Her Ned Kelly series was used alongside Sydney Nolan's work for the Kelly theatre production, New Zealand Festival of Arts. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections around Australia and overseas. Collections include Lady Southey AM, Heysen Family and Gary Morgan.

Chris is represented by Maree Mizon Gallery - Sydney, Collins Street Gallery - Melbourne & Kensington Gallery - Adelaide.

Selected Exhibitions, Awards & Commissions:

2010 – FIFA World Cup & Largest International Fine Art collaboration in History, commissioned by 2010 Fine Art (appointed by FIFA) to do a painting for the World Cup in South Africa. Leading contemporary artists from 32 countries are exhibiting and Chris Wake has been selected to represent Australia in South Africa. Group Exhibition Singapore, Ode To Art Gallery, Kensington Gallery. Solo exhibition Hentley Farm Wines Barossa Valley, SALA week exhibition.
2009 – "Global Rescue" solo exhibition Amelia Johnston Contemporary Hong Kong, curated by Georgie Bruce Southern Exchange. Group exhibition Kensington Gallery.
2008 –Sovereign Asian Art Prize Exhibition at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, Solo exhibition 5OPT Gallery Hong Kong "Theatre of The Mind" . Solo Exhibition "While Waiting for Godot" Stafford Studios Perth, Solo exhibition Southern Exchange Hong Kong, Group exhibition Kensington Gallery "The Antipodeans" exhibition including Blackman, Boyd, Brack, Percival & selected gallery artists, Group exhibition “Women To Watch” Kensington Gallery, Group exhibition Kensington Gallery SALA. Group exhibition House of Phillips Fine Art Sydney. Group exhibition Opera Gallery Singapore, Group exhibition Ward-Nasse Gallery New York.
2007 –Sell Out solo exhibition "Behind The Mask" Kensington Gallery Solo Exhibition, Group exhibitions- SALA festival Kensington Gallery Adelaide, Mizon Gallery Sydney, Stafford Studios Perth, Opera Gallery Singapore.
2006 – Sell out solo exhibition Singapore Art Fair, Maree Mizon Gallery solo exhibition, Opera Gallery, Royal South Australian Society of Arts 150th Anniversary Art Prize, Pembroke One Exhibition, Scotch College, Loreto College, SALA Week Kensington Gallery, Festival of Arts Adelaide Kensington Gallery.
2006 - Maree Mizon Gallery, Royal South Australian Society of Arts 150th Anniversary Art Prize, One Exhibition, Scotch College Loreto College, SALA Week Kensington Gallery, Festival of Arts Adelaide Kensington Gallery, St. Peters Cathedral.
2005 - Collins Street Gallery, Maree Mizon Gallery, Kensington Gallery, Collins Street Gallery, Gary Morgan Collection. Commissions: Loreto College, St. Peters Cathedral, St. Catherine's College.
2004 - Sell Out Exhibition - Soiree Entre Amis at Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne. Gary Morgan collection, Lady Southey AM collection, SALA week Kensington Gallery, Loreto and Scotch College.
2003 - Kelly series to be used alongside Sydney Nolan's work for the "Kelly" theatre production by the Shortman cooperative, New Zealand Festival of Arts. First Settlement Gallery Sorrento, Marie Mizon Gallery Paddington, Kensington Gallery Adelaide, Loreto College.
2002 - Commissioned by national publisher to paint a series of 10 works to be published as limited edition prints. Art Galleries Schubert, Queensland; The Boathouse Gallery, Victoria; Kensington Gallery, Loreto & Scotch College. Commissions from US and St. Paul's Church Glen Osmond. Two awards by the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
2001 - Guest Artist in residence at "The Cedars"" in Nora Heysen's studio to celebrate Heysen week. Heysen family collection, Kensington Gallery, Chardonnay Lodge, Delshan Gallery Vic. Greenhill Galleries.
2000 - Artist in residence at Hahndorf Academy. Corporate commissions. Special guest exhibition for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Kensington Gallery, Greenhill Gallery, Delshan Gallery.
1999 - Published prints and art cards, editorials in national magazines: "Country Style", "Better Homes & Gardens", "Home Beautiful", "Advertiser", "Messenger", billboard newspapers. Exhibited Adelaide Botanic Gardens - Yarrabee House, Greenhill Galleries, Riddoch Gallery, Ayers House, Seppeltsfield Winery.
1998 - Greenhill Galleries, various group shows. Wrote tutorial for Australian Artist magazine.
1997 - Lombard Art Gallery, Seppeltsfield Winery, Hahndorf Academy, Gardens Alive.
1996 - Australian Rose Festival, various group exhibitions.
1994 - Adelaide Central School of Art.


Acrylic & oil on Belgium linen
90 x 100 cm


Acrylic & oil on Belgium linen
100 x 120 cm


Acrylic & oil on Belgium linen


Acrylic & oil on Belgium linen

Acrylic & oil on Belgium linen


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