Christopher Pease

1969 | Western Australia

Christopher Pease is a Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun man from South Western Australia, whose visual language is at once deeply embedded within the western history of figurative oil painting and traditional Indigenous storytelling. Western notions of home and land ownership and the consequent loss of Aboriginal culture are referenced throughout Pease’s vocabulary of visual metaphor. His paintings often comprise references to western culture superimposed over scenes of traditional Indigenous ways of living and interacting with nature. His recent works include cross-sections of native flora which have metamorphosed into repetitive motifs and regimented decorative pattern such as those used in contemporary wallpaper designs, through which he reveals the problematic relationship between contemporary notions of living and the loss of Aboriginal traditional land and culture.

Pease is represented in numerous public collections around Australia including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; along with other public, and corporate collections as well as significant private collections both here and in the USA.

AVAILABLE WORKS

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Christopher Pease (Minang/Wardandi/Bibbulmun)

born 1969, Western Australia, lives
Dunsborough, Western Australia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024           
      Hegemony and Empire, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2022           
      Lost in Translation, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2019           
      Minang Boodjar, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2015           
      Chris Pease, 2015, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

2013                 
New Works, Christopher Pease, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

2012                 
Welcome to Country, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2009                 
Christopher Pease, New Works – Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

2008                 
Christopher Pease – New Paintings, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

2005                 
Christopher Pease, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

2003                 
Christopher Pease, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

2002           
      Christopher Pease, Ben Pushman, Sandra Hill,
Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

2000                 
Christopher Pease, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth

 

CURATED / AWARD EXHIBITIONS

2024           
     24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns, National
Art School and various locations, Sydney

           
              A Short History of 65,000
Years
, curated by Judith Ryan and Marcia Langton,
Potter Museum, Melbourne University (upcoming)

2023            
     Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia, National
Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki,
New Zealand 

2021           
       Ever Present: First Peoples Art of Australia, National
Gallery of Australia travelling exhibition, Art Gallery of Western Australia,
WA

2020           
        Belonging: Stories of Australian Art, National
Gallery of Australia, ACT

2019           
       Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Islander Art Award
, MAGNT, NT

2019                   Sydney
Contemporary
with Gallerysmith, Carriageworks, Sydney

2019                   Sydney
Contemporary
, Carriageworks, (curated selection for VIP
Lounge)

2018                 
Wild: Flora and Fauna in Australian Art, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery,
NSW

           
               Indigenous Australia:
Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia
, me Collectors Room of the Olbricht Foundation, Berlin

2017                 
A New World, curated by Richard Ennis, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne

2017       
         Everyone has a history – Part one: Plain Speak, AGWA, Perth

2016           
     Darkness on the Edge of Town, Artbank, Sydney

2015           
      Post-hybrid: Reimagining the Australian Self, John
Curtin Gallery, WA

2014                 
Family Matters, Holmes a Court Gallery, Heytesbury, WA

2012                 
Australian Landscape: Present in the Now, Michael Reid Gallery Berlin

                         
Murr-ma: Uncovering Aboriginal & Australian Contemporary Art, Berlin

2011                 
Noongar Country 2011, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

2010                 
17th Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

           
              Melbourne Art Fair,
Melbourne

           
              Nyoongar Dreaming
, City of Joondalup Gallery

2009                 
Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards, AGWA, Perth

                          
Culture Warriors
, Katzen Centre, Washington DC

2007                 
First Indigenous Triennial, Culture Warriors, National Gallery of
Australia

           
               Nyoongar Native Title,
John Curtin Gallery, Perth

                          
Contemporary Nyoongar Painting
, Goddard
de Fiddes Gallery

2006                 
Melbourne Art Fair, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery

           
               Right Here, Right Now
, National Gallery of Australia

           
               Identity and Change
, AGWA, Perth

2005                 
22nd National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award,
MAGNT

2004                 
Melbourne Art Fair, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery

           
              Works from the Collection
, John Curtin Art Gallery

2003                 
Group show with Ben Pushman and Sandra Hill, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery

           
               South West Central,
Art Gallery of Western Australia

2002                 
19th National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art
Award
, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

           
               Ben Pushman, Sandra
Hill, Chris Pease
, Goddard de Fiddes, Perth

2001                 
Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Art Centre

           
              Wide Open
, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

 

COMMISSIONS & AWARDS

2021      
               
COMMISSION: Targets, Elevate Rooftop Terrace, Art Gallery of Western
Australia

2021      
               
AWARDED SELECTIVE COMMISSION: Doondalup, City of Joondalup, WA

2019                      
SHORTLISTED: Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
Art Award
, Museum and Art Gallery of NT

2018                      
COMMISSION: major wall commission over two levels, Barangaroo Towers, Sydney

2009                      
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Western Australia Indigenous Art Award, AGWA

2006                      
SELECTED: Royal Netherlands Embassy Aboriginal Print Portfolio Project

2005                      
SHORTLISTED: 22nd National Aboriginal & Torres Strait
Islander Art Award
, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin

2004                      
COMMISSION: Major foyer commission, Perth Convention Centre, WA

2002                      
WINNER: PAINTING PRIZE – 19th National Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander Award
, Museum and Art Gallery of NT, Darwin

 

PRESS / PUBLICATIONS

2021           
    ‘History in Artwork’, Joondalup Times, May 27

2021                Wynne, Emma, ABC Radio
Perth, ‘WA’s state art gallery reopens with new rooftop’, Nov 6

2021                Browning, Daniel, ABC
Radio, The Arts Show, ‘Christopher Pease layers Nyoongar iconography over
colonial vistas’, Nov 6

2021                Trinh, Katrina, ‘AGWA
relaunches with a celebration of Western Australia art’, Art Guide Australia,
Nov 9

2019           
    Griffith, Chris, ‘Indigenous Art Finds its Voice’, The
Australian, Aug 10

2019       
        Smith, Marita, ‘Minang
Boodjar’, ex. cat, issuu publishing through Gallerysmith

2019       
        Kirk, Emma, ‘Dunsborough
artist Christopher Pease nominated for prestigious art award’, Margaret River
Mail, July 19

2019       
        Wright, Jamie, ‘Recovering a
Stolen Past’, seesaw online arts mag, August

2019       
        Gatt, Ainslie, ‘Nyoongar
identity and the Art of Christopher Pease’, PhD thesis, University of WA

2018           
     McDonald, John, ‘Art: Christopher Pease’, Sydney Morning
Herald, November 16

2018                 Haebich,
Hannah, ‘Dancing in Shadows: Histories of Nyungar Performance’ (cover)

2018                 Downes,
Briony, ‘Christopher Pease: Minang Boodjar preview’, Art Guide, Nov issue

2015           
     Reid, Michael, ‘Chris Pease: 2015’, issuu publishing
through Michael Reid Gallery

2015                 McKnight,
Lia, ‘Post-hybrid: reimagining the Australian self’, John Curtin Gallery ex.
cat

2013            
    Alternative Law Journal (cover), Vol 40(2) – Welcome to Country

2012            
    Smith, Marita, Welcome to Country, ex. cat, issuu publishing
through Gallerysmith

2010            
    Elliot, David, ‘The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a
Precarious Age’, ex. cat.

2009            
    Allen, Tess, Christopher Pease biography, Design & Art
Australia Online (DAAO)

2008           
     McCulloch, Susan, McCulloch Childs, Emily, ‘McCulloch’s
Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the complete guide’, new ed., Fitzroy, Vic,
McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books, pgs. 279, 282.

2008                  Jorgensen,
Darren, ‘Artlink review, solo exhibition, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery’, June

2007            
    Bullen, Clotilde, ‘07: Culture Warriors’, ex. cat.

2007                 Creighton,
Chad, ‘Noongar Native Title: Works from the Curtin University of Technology Art
Collection’, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, ex. Cat

2003            
    Croft, Brenda, ‘South West Central: Indigenous Art from South
Western Australia 1833-2002’, AGWA, W.A, ex.cat

2001            
    Croft, Brenda, ‘Indigenous art : Art Gallery of Western
Australia’, Perth: Art Gallery of Western Australia.

 

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2004,
2005, 2009, 2019)

National Museum of Australia, Canberra (2018)

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2006,
2007, 2009, 2019)

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2001,
2007, 2009, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2007, 2008)

Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Wesfarmers Collection, Perth

Edith Cowan University, Perth

Holmes a Court Collection, WA

Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

Australian Capital Equity, Perth

Perth Convention Centre, WA

BHP Billiton Art Collection, Melbourne

John Curtin University, Perth

Murdoch University, Perth

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

City of Perth, WA

Artbank, Sydney

Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art,
Utrecht, Netherlands