b. 1989

Christie’s work can be seen as very witty and nostalgic. Seemingly simple at first, the more you look; the more there is to see. Thoughtfully immortalising a period of time, he documents the scenes of Australia in this day and age as we are on the verge of a dying era.

The self-taught artist has been a finalist in several major art prizes, including the Waterhouse Art Prize, Parklands Art Prize, Lethbridge 10000 and the BSG Small Scale Prize to name a few. In 2015 he was nominated for the Channel 9 Young Achiever Arts Award and in 2016 became the winner of the prestigious award.

“As a 90s kid I have a vivid picture of what my home town (Adelaide) was to me; the certain buildings, attractions, shops and landmarks. All these places have left a lasting impression on me; however, with this fast paced world we now live in, people often forget what we used to have around us or even what we still do. My aim is to bring attention to the things that often take a backseat in our lives, encouraging the viewer to pause and look at the landscape a little different.

My other objective is to immortalise this period of time, documenting the scenes of Australia in this day and age as we are in a transitioning period of time. Each picture I paint has a connection to me, even if only subtle; I am placing a piece of me into each painting. If you follow this series and where I plan to take it, you will notice a subliminal autobiography throughout. Each painting has a personal story attached; I have been a part of the scene in which I am documenting. I choose to leave the paintings vacant of people and life, not only to give the air that something has or is about to occur, but to also allow the viewer to place themselves in the setting and recreate their own memory or narrative.

When it comes to selecting which images to paint, it comes down to a range of things that I look for. The more unusual the better, as we are entering a Lego land era, I look for anything that stands out. I love architecture from several periods but what I choose to capture are the ones that are often overlooked, such as the tacky 70s designs. Another aspect that I am fascinated with is the signage; I have always been an admirer of typography and advertising. I find it intriguing, the influences in design and construction of this decade and elect to put them on show.”

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions //

  • 2018 – ‘Be Kind Rewind’ / Metro Gallery (Melb)
  • 2018 – ‘Business Class’ / Adelaide Airport & Hill Smith Gallery
  • 2017 – ‘Business As Usual’ / Studio Bowden
  • 2015 – ‘Frontin’ / The Space Gallery
  • 2013 – ‘Street Struck’ / Carclew Arts Centre
  • 2012 – ‘Surface’ / Onkaparanga Arts Centre
  • 2012 – ‘Artillery’ / Brown Sugar Gallery
  • 2011 – ‘These Streets Raised Me’ / Gallery on Waymouth
  • 2010 – ‘Urban Streetscapes’ / Greenhill Galleries
  • 2010 – ‘A Treat From The Street’ / The Producers

Selected Group Exhibitions //

2018

  • Affordable Art Fair / Hong Kong
  • Summer Group Show / Metro Gallery (Melb)
  • Artists to Watch / Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane)
  • Lethbridge 10000 / Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane)

2017

  • Asia Contemporary Art Show / Hong Kong
  • Summer Group Show / Metro Gallery (Melb)
  • Linden Postcard Show / Linden New Art
  • Adelaide Hills Landscape Art Prize / Hahndorf Academy
  • Form / Hill Smith Gallery
  • Emma Hack Art Prize / Burnside Village
  • Bluethumb Art Prize / No Vacancy Gallery (Melb)
  • Charity Auction / Magpie Springs

2016

  • Menagerie / Hill Smith Gallery
  • Mitcham Art Prize / Gallery One
  • Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
  • Coonawarra Art Prize / Penola Gallery

2015

  • Christmas Exhibit / Art Images Gallery
  • Emma Hack Art Prize / Adelaide Convention Centre
  • ‘40x40x40’ / Brunswick Street Gallery (Melb)
  • Prospect Portrait Prize / Prospect Gallery
  • Spring ART / Loreto College
  • Royal Adelaide Art Prize / Wayville Showgrounds
  • Frog Cakes / SAHMRI / Light Square Gallery
  • King of Canvas / Onkaparinga Arts Centre
  • Cranium / M2 Gallery (Sydney)

2014

  • Waterhouse Art Prize / SA Museum
  • GuitarART Prize / Adelaide Festival Centre
  • Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts

2013

  • ‘40x40x40’ / Brunswick Street Gallery (Melb)
  • Salon Hang / Rosemont Estate Cellar Door
  • Parklands Art Prize / Adelaide Festival Centre
  • King of Canvas / Onkaparinga Arts Centre

2012

  • A Curious Creature / Urban Cow Studio
  • Youthscape / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
  • This is it! / These Walls Dont Lie Gallery
  • Bike Art Adelaide / Juxtapose Studios
  • 6 Years Later Magazine Launch / No Vacancy (Melb)

2011

  • RSASA Still Alive / Royal South Australian Society of Arts
  • Mental Health Week / Adelaide Town Hall
  • Uchiwa Fan Exhibition / Espionage Gallery
  • Acry-Licks / Bunka Adelaide

Awards

2018

  • Lethbridge 10000
  • Prospect Portrait Prize

2017 

  • Emma Hack Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Bluethumb Art Prize (Finalist)

2016

  • Young Achiever of the Year Arts Category (Winner)
  • Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (2D Category Winner)
  • Coonawarra Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Gallery One Art Prize (Finalist)

2015

  • Kym Bonython Encouragement Award (Winner)
  • City of Unley Studies of Urban Life Award (Winner)
  • Art Images Exhibit Award (Winner)
  • Prospect Portrait Prize (Finalist)
  • Emma Hack Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Hawkesbury Art Prize (Finalist)
  • King of Canvas (Highly Commended)

2014

  • The Waterhouse Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Lethbridge 10000 (Finalist)
  • Parklands Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Port Adelaide Art Prize (Peoples Choice)

2013

  • SALA Statewide Artist of the year (Winner)
  • Adelaide Review Artist Cover (Finalist)
  • King of Canvas (Finalist)

2012

  • BSG Small Scale Art Prize (Finalist)
  • Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (Finalist)
  • Rip It Up Youth Award (Finalist)

2011

  • Rip It Up Youth Award (Finalist)
  • King of Canvas (Finalist) 2010
  • Royal Society of the Arts S.A Youthscape (Finalist)
  • SALA Youth Arts Prize (Runner Up)
  • Flagstaff Rotary Art Show (Highly Commended)

Selected Publications

  • The Adelaide Review (John Neylon) – May 2018
  • The Advertiser (Kurtis Eichler) – March 2018
  • Coast City Weekly – October 2017
  • Sunday Mail – August 2017
  • Collage – August 2017
  • The Advertiser (Peter Goers) – August 2017
  • The City (Sophie Perri) – August 2017
  • Fritz Magazine (Katie Spain) – June 2017
  • The City (Sophie Perri) – March 2017
  • Fritz Magazine (Katie Spain) – December 2016
  • Bluethumb Online Gallery – November 2016
  • Adelaide Matters – August 2016
  • Bluethumb Gallery – May 2016
  • Skellen Designs – November 2015
  • The Sunday Mail – October 2015
  • The Advertiser – September 2015
  • The Advertiser – September 2015
  • The City – September 2015
  • Aspire Magazine – September 2015
  • Aspire Magazine – August 2015
  • SA Weekend – August 2014
  • Adelaide Review – July 2014
  • The City – June 2013
  • Adelaide Review – October 2012
  • Adelaide Review – October 2011
  • Eastern Courier – July 2010