Ngati Hako, Te Aupouri, Ngati Porou, Irish
Born: 1965, Aotearoa/New
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Chris Bailey’s works, whilst very much influenced by his Maori heritage, carry a strong contemporary feel. His work ranges from body adornment through to larger stone and timber sculptural pieces. Chris is generally recognized for his strong simple forms that have great presence in any setting.
With his formal training having been at Auckland University, as part of a BA Majoring in Maori and Cultural Heritage, Chris has been a practicing artist for twenty five years with a long history exhibiting nationally and more recently seeing him exhibit in San Francisco, Canada, Tokyo, and Italy in the 53rd Venice Biennale.
Chris is represented by:
“The Spirit Wrestler Gallery” in
"TOI Gallery " on
Waiheke island, New Zealand
“FHE Galleries” in
Auckland, New Zealand
Three grants received from Creative NZ, NZ Arts Council in both 2005, 2007 and 2009 to develop new collection’s of works .
Chris has been recognized by the New Zealand Art Council for his stone work and as such
granted Toi Iho status which formally recognizes authentic Maori art of a high artistic quality.
Commissioned by Creative NZ to produce carved timber seats for the New Zealand Room in collaboration with Katie Lockheart at the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009.
Books Featured In:
“Te Kahui o Matariki” looking at recognized Maori artists by Penguin Publishing in 2008.
“Important NZ Art Works”, Webbs, 2008
Films Featured In
"Chris Bailey - Ringa Whao" 2010 A documentary looking at Chris Bailey's journey to becoming a sculptor
Chris’s works are held in private collections in
New Zealand , USA, France, Italy and the UK,
with works also purchased for public presentations by
New Zealand Maritime Museum ,Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa) and the New Zealand Arts Council (Creative NZ)
Chris Bailey’sfirst solo show at FHE Galleries Motuaariroa received high acclaim by the public and art critics alike. Speaking of one of the works in the show, Matau in his review, TJ McNamara of the NZ Herald writes, “The shape is stylised, keeping the high polish and the sense of sharp edges but it is also roughened and has been subjected to heat. It combines the polish of utility with the roughness of the earth to form a powerful symbol of our connection with land and sea.” He goes on to say that “There are only seven pieces [in the exhibition] but the combined weight is several tonnes. Each work has taken on the strength of stone and is something special to this land. It is an exceptionally fine exhibition.”
You can view the article by TJ McNamara at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=18&objectid=10520890&pnum=0
Selected Exhibitions and Symposiums:
Sculpt Oneroa 2013 - Waiheke island, Auckland
FHE Galleries - Solo exhibition, Nga Korero Tupuna
Milford Galleries Dunedin - Group Show
Headland - Sculpture On the Gulf, Waiheke Island.
Pou Tu te Rangi sculpture installation in Britomart precinct, Auckland
Waitakaruru Arboretum and Sculpture Park - Summer sculpture exhibition.
FHE Galleries - Group exhibition
TOI Gallery - Group exhibition
Auckland Art Fair, Auckland, New Zealand
Selected as a featured artist to exhibit in the show case Sculpture Court
2008 “Mana Whenua”, The Lane Gallery , Auckland , March
2007 “New Works” exhibition, Waiheke Community Art Gallery , January
2006 “Chris Bailey- New Works, Waiheke Community Art Gallery , January