CHRIS POLE

 

b.1977  New Zealand

 

Chris Pole’s painted landscapes present curious alternate realities. Photorealistic representation is juxtaposed with one-dimensional shading to create mesmeric geometry. His work has been described as ‘visually arresting but essentially enigmatic’ – like a frame snipped from an Italian neo-realist film.

 

Fences, bridges and fallen trees – often featuring in the foreground of Pole’s paintings, seeming to prevent too great a human intrusion into these unoccupied territories. Pole uses partial phrases superimposed onto the painted scene – words that could be seen as invitations, barriers or simply statements – offering a hint of a personal perspective for the scene, but leaving fuller interpretation and experience to the viewer.

 

Adept at creating emotionally-charged architectural spaces, he draws on aspects of style reminiscent of David Hockney, Edward Hopper and Ed Ruscha to craft potent landscapes of heightened realism and flattened perspectives. He is the recipient of SGFA’s VC Art Residency, and aims to add SE Asian dimensions to his exploration.

CHRIS POLE

 

b.1977  New Zealand

 

Chris Pole’s painted landscapes present curious alternate realities. Photorealistic representation is juxtaposed with one-dimensional shading to create mesmeric geometry. His work has been described as ‘visually arresting but essentially enigmatic’ – like a frame snipped from an Italian neo-realist film.

 

Fences, bridges and fallen trees – often featuring in the foreground of Pole’s paintings, seeming to prevent too great a human intrusion into these unoccupied territories. Pole uses partial phrases superimposed onto the painted scene – words that could be seen as invitations, barriers or simply statements – offering a hint of a personal perspective for the scene, but leaving fuller interpretation and experience to the viewer.

 

Adept at creating emotionally-charged architectural spaces, he draws on aspects of style reminiscent of David Hockney, Edward Hopper and Ed Ruscha to craft potent landscapes of heightened realism and flattened perspectives. He is the recipient of SGFA’s VC Art Residency, and aims to add SE Asian dimensions to his exploration.

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Recent Awards

 

2011   Finalist, 20th Annual Wallace Art Awards

 

2010  Merit Award, Anthony Harper CoCA Art Awards

 

2006  Finalist, Parklane Art Awards, Auckland

 

2003  Merit Award, Lake Taupo Open Art Awards, Lake Taupo, Museum of Art and History

 

2002  Margaret Stoddart Prize, Centre of Contemporary Art

 

2001  Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship, University of Canterbury

Poetic Landscapes, Chris Pole, The Edge Options, 2013

Chris Pole Interview, BFM Radio, August 2013

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