11 NOVEMBER - 13 DECEMBER 2014
Awarded the Wallace Arts Trust New Zealand Sculptor Award for his work at Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea 2014, Chris Bailey continues to establish an international reputation that celebrates and explores his Maori heritage.
Of Ngati Hako, Te Aupouri, Ngati Porou and Irish descent, Bailey states that a connection with the materials is essential to his work: "as part of the creation process I feel the surface of the works to assess the physical experience produced. I discover them, I see with my hands. We look after the land, and the land looks after us. It's a symbiotic relationship."
With formal training in Maori and Cultural Heritage, Bailey has been developing his practice for over twenty-five years with a long history exhibiting internationally. He has been recognized by the New Zealand Art Council for his stone work and as such, was granted Toi Iho status, which formally recognizes authentic Maori art of high artistic merit.
His current exhibition Turangawaewae is a powerful exploration in the massive forms of Totara, basalt and granite on a place to stand.