Chris Pole’s recent paintings and drawings consist of distant, isolated landscapes; the images are often split in a diagonal direction with the two halves offset, disrupting the picture plane and creating a sense of upheaval, discord, and revelation. The interruptions point to the fragility and ever changing nature of the land, and also serve to address the nature of painting itself. As depictions of ‘place’, the artworks are not entirely realistic translations, and openly reveal the choices and changes that shift the images from field recordings or documentation to something far more imaginative. The artworks are based on photographs taken by the artist, many drawn from multi-day excursions, and an immersion in the environment continues to inform his art practice. Chris Pole has an MFA (Canterbury University), was a recipient of the Shalini Ganendra Fine Arts Residency in Kuala Lumpur courtesy of the Asia NZ Foundation, and lives and works in Ōtautahi, Aotearoa.
Chris created the Pūrākaunui penguin.