Biography

 

Chris Bond’s practice involves the invention and embodiment of fictional artists, writers, organisations and scenarios that assist with the creative act. In his painting practice, the process finds an end in the form of painted facsimiles of imagined books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and correspondence. Within institutional settings, his installations adopt the conventions of museum display to convey unlikely, often fantastic narratives. In each of these forms, Bond combines identity fabrication and closely-worked detail in order to play with knowledge and perception.

Bond studied Fine Art at RMIT in the mid-1990s and has exhibited since 2000. He undertook a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary in 2001, and has since featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, at venues including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Gertrude Contemporary, Blindside, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Bus Projects, Heide Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Samstag Museum, Adelaide. In 2013 he was awarded the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, and in 2016 was included in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. In 2017 his work will be seen at Art Basel Hong Kong, and in The National Biennial of Australian Art, Sydney. In 2017 he won the BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award and was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Development Grant.

Bond is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Melbourne, and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. He is a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts (Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and is the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award. He lives and works in Melbourne.

 

 

 

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1975 Born Melbourne

 

Education

2014 - 17   Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts (Visual Art), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic.

1997 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Painting) Honours, RMIT, Melbourne, Vic.

1994 - 96 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Painting), RMIT, Melbourne, Vic.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Call, Art Basel Hong Kong, THIS IS NO FANTASY + dianne tanzer gallery, Hong Kong

2016 Tormentor, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Bundoora, Vic.

2016 A Stranger in the Mirror, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2016 Material, THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

2015 Kraken: sixty six emails, a face and a gesture, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Vic.

2015 Kraken, an encounter, VCA student gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Vic.

2014 The Language of Fracture, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2012 The Skeleton Field, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

2012 The Last Days of Painting, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, Qld.

2011 In the Shadow of Leaves, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

2010 Collected Works, Melbourne Artfair 2010, Nellie Castan Gallery, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic.

2009 Watchers, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

2008 White, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

2005 Shelved, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

2004 Retrospective 2000 – 2004, Bus, Melbourne, Vic.

2004 Project Room, Melbourne Artfair 04, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Carlton, Vic.

2003 Original Title: Translated, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Vic.

2002 The Hitchcock / Feldmar Affair, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Vic.

2002 Still Life, idspace contemporary art gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

2001 Typecasting, 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space, Fitzroy, Vic.

2000 The Cutting Room Floor, Latrobe St Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

2000 44x, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne, Vic.

 

Group Exhibitions 

 

2017

9 x 5 NOW, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank, Vic.

A small show of imperfect paintings, Trocadero Artspace, Footscray, Vic.

Ways of Seeing, ARTER: Space for Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Personal Structures, Open Borders, Palazzo Bembo, Venice

The National: New Australian Art Biennial 2017, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW

New Directions: APCR Art Auction 2017, Mossgreen, Armadale, Vic.

Tricking the Eye: Contemporary Trompe L’oeil, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Vic.

 

2016

Colour | Shift, Five Walls, Footscray, Vic.

R&M McGivern Prize, Artspace Realm, Ringwood, Vic.

Spring 1883, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, Vic.

2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, Art Gallery of South Australia and Samstag Museum, Adelaide, SA.

Quiddity, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

2016 Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

CLIMARTE Poster Project, Melbourne, Vic.

Art16 Artfair, London, UK

 

2015

Don't wait for Godot, APCR Art Auction 2015, Mossgreen, Armadale, Vic.

At this time, THIS IS NO FANTASY & Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

ALLOT, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, Vic.

Darren Knight Gallery at Spring 1883, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The 3rd Bus Projects Editions Exhibition, Bus Projects, Collingwood, Vic.

TCB Fundraiser, TCB art inc., Melbourne, Vic.

Writing Art, Artspace, Sydney, NSW

Who is Mr Favisar?, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, Vic.

West Space Fundraiser, West Space, Melbourne, Vic.

Guirguis New Art Prize, Post Office Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, Vic.

Field (Wooden Cypher) (with Lynette Smith), Blindside, Melbourne, Vic.

Field (Marginal Light) (with Lynette Smith), West Space, Melbourne, Vic.

 

2014

Taking it all away, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW

ALLOT, Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, Vic.

Faux Novel, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, Vic.

4 x 10, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray, Vic.

Superfictions 1: The Art Fair Murders, Kings ARI, Melbourne, Vic.

This is no Fantasy, This is no Fantasy, Fitzroy, Vic.

The Medium is the Message, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Bundoora, Vic.

Ex libris: the book in contemporary art, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Vic.

Nocturnal Windows, Gregory Jewellers, Sydney, NSW

 

2013

Melbourne Now, The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia, Melbourne, Vic.

Spring Group Show, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.
Unbound, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW

Auckland Art Fair 2013, Auckland, New Zealand

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2013, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, Vic.

City of Hobart Art Prize 2013, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas.

 

2012

Art Platform Los Angeles, Santa Monica, California, USA

Method (Chris Bond and Marcin Wojcik), BUS Projects, Melbourne, Vic. 

 

2011

Disappearance (with Drew Pettifer), Kings ARI, Melbourne, Vic.

Now, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Art for Science, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute Fundraising Auction, Melbourne, Vic.

Korea International Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea

Disappearance (with Drew Pettifer), Kings ARI, Melbourne, Vic.

NETWORKS (cells & silos), Monash University Museum of Art, Caulfield, Vic. 

 

2010

Strange Frame, Sydney Non Objective (SNO), Marrickville, NSW

Lost in Painting, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.

Light in Winter Festival, Federation Square, Melbourne, Vic.

Nellie Castan Gallery @ The Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW

 

2009

Curtain Call, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

The Counihan Connection, Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Vic.

Sneak Peek, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Persuasion Equation, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Vic.

Shilo Project, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Vic.

 

2008

New 08, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Southbank, Vic.

Link, RMIT School of Art Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Vic.

Forms of Deceit (as Brant Haslough), Counihan Gallery In Brunswick, Vic.

The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Vic.

United Artists, Palais Theatre, St Kilda Vic.

 

2007

Small Quiet Gestures, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Vic.

The Space In Between [Book Project], VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

 

2006

Postscript, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic.

19 Australian Artists, Elizabeth Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, USA

 

2005

Awkward Balance, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Selekta, West Space Inc, Melbourne, Vic.

Collision, Jarmbi Gallery, Upwey, Vic.

Self-made Man, Spacement Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Address Book, Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

A Portable Model of, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tas.

Covered, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka, Canberra, ACT.

Brainstorms: momentary psychological disturbances, GrantPirrie Gallery, Redfern, NSW.

 

2004 

Compendium, Ikon Museum of Art, Deakin University, Burwood, Vic.

Third History, TCB inc Art, Melbourne, Vic

Cult Classic, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Vic.

Adrift, Platform 2, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Vic.

 

2003

Christopher Dean, Chris Bond and Christine Morrow, Studio 11, Metro Arts , Brisbane, Qld

Red Spot Special, Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, Vic.

I heard it on the grapevine…, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Vic

Glacier, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, Vic.

Depth of Field, Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Vic.

Depth of Field, Monash Museum of Art, Clayton, Vic.

Compendium, Platform, Melbourne, Vic.

The Museum Aesthetic, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Vic.

Art and Film, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy, Vic.

 

2002

Studio Artists exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Vic.

The last show, 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space, Fitzroy, Vic.

Artfair 2002, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Vic.

Fresh Cut, Ben Grady Gallery, Canberra, ACT

Light Trap (collaboration with Natasha Johns-Messenger), Bus Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Undercurrent, idspace contemporary art gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

 

2001

Studio Artists exhibition, 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Vic.

Glacier, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Mediations, Mass Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.

Sample, Venus & Mars/Centre for Contemporary Photography, Fitzroy,  Vic.

 

2000

Square, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Vic.

Docklands, Glass Street Gallery, North Melbourne, Vic.

Melbourne ArtFair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne, Vic.

Stand 33 at Gallery 101, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Vic.

In the Mind’s Eye, Next Wave Festival, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Vic.

A Brush with Death, LaTrobe St Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

 

1999 

TCB Fundraising Exhibition, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne, Vic.

Review ‘99 - Curators’ Choice, Gallery 101, Melbourne, Vic.

 

1997

Naked, RMIT Honours (Painting) Exhibition, Stripp Gallery, Fitzroy, Vic.

Honours year painting, Faculty Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, Vic.

 

1996

RMIT 3rd Year Painting Graduate Show, RMIT Building 2, Melbourne, Vic.

Alphabet Soup, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.

Box, Next Wave Festival, RMIT Building 2, Melbourne, Vic.

 

Awards, Residencies

2017 Winner of the BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award

2017  Australian Postgraduate Award, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2017 Australia Council for the Arts, Art Development Grant

2016 Finalist, Archibald Prize 2016, Art Gallery of New South Wales

2016 Australian Postgraduate Award, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2015 Faculty Grant, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2015 Australian Postgraduate Award, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2014 Australian Postgraduate Award, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

2013 Winner, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

2013 Finalist, City of Hobart Art Prize

2002 Arts Victoria arts development grant

2001 Studio residency, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Fitzroy, Vic.

1997 Finalist, RMIT/National Gallery Trustees Award

 

Collections

Artbank

Archive of Humanist Art

Bendigo Art Gallery

Deakin University

Joyce Nissan Collection

La Trobe University

Monash University

National Gallery of Victoria

RMIT

Shepparton Regional Art Gallery

Private collections nationally and internationally