"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 -
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
2005 - Collins Street Gallery, Maree Mizon Gallery, Kensington
Gallery, Collins Street Gallery, Gary Morgan Collection.
Commissions: Loreto College, St. Peters Cathedral, St. Catherine's
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
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
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,
1996 - Australian Rose Festival, various group exhibitions.
1994 - Adelaide Central School of Art.