CHRISTIAN,Gary
CHRISTIAN,Gary

Artist Statement

In Jamberoo, where I live, late summer and early autumn is when we have our most violent storms. I stand in my studio and watch the wind gather the clouds. It’s so easy to understand why certain cultures give so much power to the wind. The swirling violent air is ‘laden with memories, swollen with forebodings’

My work responds to the deep connection human beings have with nature; a connection often lost in memory, often existing only in fragments. As cities dominate the landscape, our connection to the natural world diminishes, yet the natural elements are still held deep within our psyche. (In ancient myths we are the land, the earth, the sea, the sky.)

I do drawings and paintings out in the field, and then spend time in the studio, working with those field drawings and memories to create larger works. I do meditative calligraphy work, scribbles and doodles. Eventually, through experiment and failure, through small successes and stumbles, these initial explorations of ideas develop into the sculptural objects and paintings that make up an exhibition.

Commissions/Prizes
2017 Janet ShirleyWalker, Enviroment Award Bermagui Sculpture
2016 Winner of the Hillview Biennial Sculpture Prize
2014 “Gibber Plains” Coughlin Residence, S.A.
2012 “Figures in the landscape” for Royal Botanical Gardens Mount Annan NSW
2011 33 Bligh St Sydney, building facade sculpture
in collaboration with Fitzpatrick+Partners, Architects
Commissioned by Investa
2011 Corrimal Cokeworks Centenary Sculpture, Corrimal, NSW
Commissioned by The Illawarra Coke Company
2009 won Santos Sculpture Award, Roma, Queensland
2008 Wall sculpture, King Street Wharf, Sydney,
commissioned by Multiplex
2004 Sculpture Commission, Wong House, Sydney,
commissioned by Fitzpatrick+Partners
1999 Lobby Sculpture, 320 Adelaide Street, Brisbane,
commissioned by Remco Pty Ltd
1998 Lobby Sculpture, NRMA House, 388 George Street, Sydney
commissioned by AMP