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ARTISTS | Christopher Pease

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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.

Christopher Pease, Open Plan Living, 2011, oil on linen, 100x150cm

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Available works:

With the exception of the works profiled below, Christopher Pease works are generally in the range $40,000-$80,000. Please contact Marita Smith (marita@gallerysmith.com.au) to receive information about the availability of major works in this price range.

Exhibitions:

Christopher Pease, Souvenir 2017, 200x165cm

Minang Boodjar | Christopher Pease

In 1828, a fleet of three ships was chartered to establish a new colony at Swan River in Western Australia. The HMS Challenger set sail first, followed by the Parmelia and HMS Sulphur which launched from Spithead off Portsmouth, England in February 1829. One of the regiment’s soldiers was Lieutenant Robert Dale (1810-1856), whose duty it was to explore the new land and document the expedition. He made extensive trips along the Canning River, throughout the York district and King George’s Sound resulting in the most ambitious attempt to depict the Australian landscape in print-making during the first half of the nineteenth century. The six paintings which are collectively titled Minang Boodjar re-examine the 19th century propaganda circulated by Dale which depicted civilised relations between settlers and the Nyoongar. By recreating sections of Dale’s familiar landscape etchings as paintings at an epic scale, Pease focuses our attention on the troubled notion of a romanticised account of colonisation.
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CV:

Christopher Pease (Minang / Nyoongar)

born 1969, Western Australia, lives Dunsborough, Western Australia

 

EDUCATION

1998                  Graduate Diploma in Art & Design, Perth

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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


COMMISSIONS

2018                  Barangaroo Towers, Sydney

2006                  Royal Netherlands Embassy Aboriginal Project

2004                  Perth Convention Centre

 

AWARDS

2009                  Highly commended, Western Australia Indigenous Art Award, AGWA

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

 

COLLECTIONS

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

Artbank

Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrect, Netherlands

Private collections Australia, USA and Europe

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