New Zealand High Commission Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Chris Pole at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art
Award winning New Zealand artist, Chris Pole, takes up the Vision Culture Art Residency at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA). The Residency will conclude with an exhibition of works produced during the six week period from June 11th to August 6th 2013.
Pole works with oils and drawings, focusing on architectural , urban and rural landscapes, superimposed with textual and literary allusions of short phrases or words. His works in the past has fused realism and precision with a ‘flattening’ perspective which focuses on the background as much as the foreground of the composition. Pole suggests this naïve quality lends his painting the feel of an ‘alternative’ reality - a sense which is enhanced by the lack of human presence in the works.
He has hosted numerous solo and group exhibitions within New Zealand, and been selected as a finalist for the Wallace Art Awards two years running (2011, 2012) and the Park Lane Art Awards in Auckland (2006). He has won Merit Awards from the Anthony Harper CoCA Art Awards (2010) and the Lake Taupo Open Art Awards at the Lake Taupo Museum of Art and History (2003), as well as the Margaret Stoddart Prize at the Centre of Contemporary Art (2002).
The Vision Culture Residency aims to develop artistic interactions and experiences through varied cultural environments in and dialogues with SE Asia and Asia. The Residency is housed in SGFA’s Gallery Residence (an award winning green space designed by architectural luminary, Ken Yeang), and offers shared studio space, public lecture and exhibition spaces, and resource centre.