Visual Artist working in River Studios

What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?

The size and the light. The size is great as it allows me to spread out. I currently have three large tables to work on and I am going to put in another table. This helps me to multi task and I feel more organised. The saw-tooth roof is good for letting in plenty of light and I actually find the fluoros very effective as well.

How have you made this space your own?

Putting up artwork made by my children. Lucy is 5 and Oscar is 3. I love to have their artwork around as it reminds me that art should be free, full of expression and spontaneous. It adds a lot of colour and movement to my studio.

What do you create or make in your studio?

Mostly drawings. I also intend to paint and do some printmaking down the track. The drawings I am currently working on are an interpretation of the landscape around where we used to live before moving back to Melbourne.. My approach has been to capture the landscape as a memory or feeling rather than an accurate study.

What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment?

A painting I was given by an ex student (I am also a Secondary School Art Teacher). It is a self portrait with ”thank you” painted on it. It is was a lovely gesture. Those moments are rare in teaching.

About Chris

“I have been a professional artist for over twenty years. I have held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and one in Sydney. I have been a finalist in numerous National Art Prizes, some of which were: The Dobell Drawing Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW 1993, National Works on Paper 1999, the Paddington Art Prize 2007 and 2008. Highly commended at Williamstown Contemporary Art Prize 2007 and the Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong 2008.

“Over my career as an artist my work has focused on a broad range of concepts from landscape to advertising (its impact, packaging, signage and mass consumerism), from ancient cultures to popular culture and autobiographical narrative. I have also produced several series of works that were inspired by trips I have done to South East Asia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and South America respectively.

“In recent years my curiosity with the landscape has become honed to a more local perspective. I have always been interested in the idea of how, as inhabitants within a landscape, we have tried to tame it and how it has the potential to subjugate the occupants within it. My current work reflects the many layers of tension this creates.”