Christopher McClelland

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About the Artists:

Christopher McClelland was born in Melbourne and studied at the prestigious National Gallery School of Art, which became the Victorian College of the Arts while he was a student there. He has exhibited widely within Australia and also in exhibitions of Australian art in London, Paris and New York.

The most recent works are part of a series aptly named ‘A Fish out of Water’. They are open ended narratives which explore cultural identity, blending the whimsical with the atmospheric. The paintings are an eclectic mix of the past and present, the wide open spaces of Australia and the traditional images of French and Italian culture. Over the past several years, Christopher and his partner Cate have visited Italy and France regularly.

“I have always felt a strong resonance with the art of the Renaissance and the European cultural traditions. The paintings by the early Renaissance artists such as Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Fra Angelico and Perugino are particularly special to me.

When we arrived back in Australia I felt like a fish out of water; it was almost like a cultural identity crisis. I decided to represent this by juxtaposing symbols of the European tradition with representations of Western Australia: space, vast skies and oceans and endless highways cutting through dry, flat scrub land.”

For non-Indigenous Australians, there has always been the question of cultural identity and where we fit. As an Australian of European heritage, Christopher is interested in exploring this theme to the extent that the techniques he has employed

in the last five years have been based on traditional classical processes involving the building up of layers through the use of transparent glazes. This also allows him to explore a long time fascination with light and colour. There is a wonderful atmospheric and spiritual dimension to these that he enjoys evoking in his paintings.

Christopher’s work is represented in private, corporate and public collections in the U.S.A, Europe and Australia.

Résumé:

EDUCATION

1973 – 1975 Bachelor of Fine Arts, National Gallery School of Art / Victorian College of the Arts.

1976 – 1978 Bachelor of Education: Creative Arts. University of Melbourne

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Burnt Earth and Rose, Harvison Gallery, Perth. 

2015 Perugino and the Great Eastern Highway, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

 2014 A Fish out of Water, Harvison Gallery, Perth. 

2013 Recent works, Harvison Gallery, Perth. 

2009 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2007 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2005 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2004 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

1998 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

1997 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery  Sydney

1996 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery  Sydney

1994 Seymore Centre  Sydney

1990 Artspace Brisbane

1985 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1982 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1980 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1978 Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza, Victoria

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Soroptimist International Art Invitation Exhibition, Fremantle

2017 Group Exhibition, Robertson Park Artists Studio

2017 Fine Art at Hale, Invitation Exhibition

2017 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2016 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2016 Soroptimist International Art Invitation Exhibition Fremantle

2016 Fine Art at Hale, Annual invitation exhibition.

2015 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2015 Soroptimist International Art Invitation Exhibition, Fremantle

2015 Fine Art at Hale, Annual invitation exhibition.

2014 Fine Art at Hale, Annual invitation exhibition.

2014 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2013 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2013 Fremantle Festival, Mysteries of the Ocean, Invitation Exhibition

2013 Fremantle Heritage Festival Invitation Exhibition

2012 Group Exhibition, Harvison Gallery, Perth.

2008 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2006 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2003 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

2001 Art Sans Frontieres  Melbourne

1999 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery  Sydney

1997 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery  Sydney

1999 Soho Gallery  Sydney

1999 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery  Sydney

1998 Australian in New York Gelabert Studios New York

1998 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery Sydney

1997-1998 Australian in Paris Gallerie Miromesnil Paris

1996-2003 Qantas Lounge, Sydney international Airport (Through Valerie Cohen Fine Art, Paddington, Sydney)

1996 Australian in London Mall Galleries, London

1996 Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery Sydney

1993 Gold Coast Invitation Exhibition Gold Coast City Art Gallery

1992 Gold Coast City Art Gallery

1990 Jacaranda Gallery Grafton NSW

1989 Artspace Brisbane

1989 Tweed River Art Centre

1984 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1983 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1981 Chetwynd Gallery North Melbourne

1977 Manyung Gallery. Mt Eliza, Victoria

AWARDS

2017 Finalist Stirling Art Award

2017 Finalist Town of Claremont Art Award

2017 Finalist Minawarra Art Awards

2016 Finalist Town of Claremont Art Award

2016 Finalist Vasse Art Award

2016 Finalist City of Wannaroo Art Awards

2015 Finalist City of Wannaroo Art awards

2015 Finalist Town of Claremont Art Awards

2014 Finalist Town of Claremont Art Awards

2002 Finalist Redcliffe Art Award

2001 Redcliffe Art prize

1999 Finalist, Jacaranda Drawing Award

1996 Finalist, Jacaranda Drawing Award

1994 Finalist Gold Coast Invitation award

1994 Finalist, Jacaranda Drawing Award

1993 Mosman Art Prize

1992 Suncorp Art Award Finalist and Certificate of Distinction

1991 Suncorp Art Award Finalist

1990 Scholl Art Award

COLLECTIONS

Works contained in several corporate, public and private collections in Australia, USA and Europe.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2017 Featured Artist, Coffee Table Book 'Artists of Perth'  Premium Publishers

2017 Art Facts Featured Artist, The West Australian

2016 Exhibition Review Western Suburbs Weekly

2016 Exhibition Review The Advocate

2015 Exhibition Review Fremantle Gazette

2015 Exhibition Review Stephen Bevis The West Australian

2014 Featured Artist Artsource Magazine

2014 Featured Artist, Stirling Times

2008 Review The Age

1999 Review Sydney Morning Herald

TEACHING

A variety of secondary schools and tertiary institutions, most recently Senior Art Teacher at Hale School, Perth 2003 – 2018