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ARTISTS | Christopher Pease


Christopher Pease is a Minang / Nyoongar 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.



Minang Boodjar | Christopher Pease

In 1834, English explorer and artist, Robert Dale, produced a series of drawings of Australia's south west coast that are widely regarded as the most ambitious attempt to document the Australian landscape in the 19th century. Produced as a series of etchings totaling 3m long, Dale's work depicts rolling hills in a vast panorama and is dotted with depictions of harmonious relations between English settlers and the Nyoongar. The six paintings which are collectively titled Minang Boodjar re-examine Dale's 19th century imagery at an epic scale in an attempt to focus our attention on the troubled notion of a romanticised account of colonisation.
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Christopher Pease, Welcome to Country, 2011, oil on linen, 152x220cm

Welcome to Country | Christopher Pease

These works explore the conflicts and connections between traditional indigenous culture and contemporary western ideologies. Geometric house floor plans float symbolically over carefully rendered scenes of traditional living while native and introduced flora morph into wall-paper designs featuring repetitive motifs and regimented decorative patterns. Pease’s approach is deeply embedded within Australia’s colonial history of oil painting yet provides a new interpretation of indigenous storytelling.
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Christopher Pease (Minang / Nyoongar)

born 1969, Western Australia, lives Dunsborough, Western Australia



1998                  Graduate Diploma in Art & Design, Perth



2018                  Minang Boodjar, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

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

2000                  Christopher Pease, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth



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

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


2018                  Barangaroo Towers, Sydney

2006                  Royal Netherlands Embassy Aboriginal Project

2004                  Perth Convention Centre



2009                  Highly commended, Western Australia Indigenous Art Award, AGWA

2002                  National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award, Prize for Painting



National Gallery of Australia

National Museum of Australia

National Gallery of Victoria

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Queensland Art Gallery

Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Wesfarmers Collection

Edith Cowan University, Perth

Holmes a Court Collection

Kerry Stokes Collection

Australian Capital Equity

Perth Convention Centre

BHP Billiton Art Collection

John Curtin University, Perth

Murdoch University, Perth

University of Queensland Art Museum

City of Perth

Perth Convention Centre


Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrect, Netherlands

Private collections Australia, USA and Europe



Christopher Pease will unveil a major new artwork on the rooftop of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in December…

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