Christian  Morrow

Christian Morrow

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Curriculum vitae

Born in Sydney, Australia.

1974 - 1978: Studied painting and design at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)
1979   Recorded and toured with The Numbers and later The Maybe Dolls in Australia and USA
1994   The Maybe Dolls disbanded.
1994   Represented by Brown Paper Parcels Gallery, Lawson in Blue Mountains, NSW
1996   Moved to North Coast NSW and made handcrafted timber pieces for local galleries
2003   Represented by Barebones Artspace, Bangalow, NSW
2005 - 2007: Represented by Byron Fine Art Gallery
2007 - 2009: Represented by Cape Gallery, Byron Bay, NSW
2008   Solo exhibition: My Father's Aeroplanes, at Barebones Artspace, Bangalow NSW
2008   Awarded first place in the Elders Art Prize at FEHVA, 2008
2009   Represented by Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, QLD
2009   40 x 40 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Qld 
2010   Young Guns group show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld 
2010   First anniversary Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld
2010   Christmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld
2010   Mater Hospital Collection, Brisbane Qld
2011   8 Days Before Christmas Our Artists' Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2012   The Artist Revealed Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2013   Four of the Best, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2013   Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial Club NSW

ARTIST STATEMENT

The aeroplanes are about wonder, masculinity, science, innovation, danger, adventure and escape. The perspective is often twisted to reflect a child-like view of the planes and rockets. This also expresses the contingency of flight - the sheer impossibility of a heavier than air flying machine.

When I was a child my father worked as an engineer for QANTAS and I was surrounded by images of aeroplanes, hangars, runways and jets. I made endless drawings of planes, trying to get the subtle curves and angles just right so as to capture the grace of flight. I also imagined dark and sinister planes raining bombs and spitting fire like triumphant hot-rod war machines.

In my current works, I once again explore and indulge in my totemic-like, boyhood visions. They began as a series about the model planes and gliders that my father had made and my memories of them suspended in the sky - the frames translucent against the sun. I never realised what a huge visual impact these experiences had on my life and how powerful the subject matter was for me until my father started sending pictures of his aeroplanes to my sons.

I like to concentrate on the physical making of work at close range, using new and reclaimed timber materials and sometimes metal pieces. Applied layers of paint and provisional images are scraped back, adjusted and reapplied as the image is slowly built over a period of days, months, and sometimes years. Often the assembled surfaces of individual pieces are subjected to a range of industrial processes like sanding, grinding, branding and fire. These works can be both literally and figuratively heavy.

Christian Morrow

Curriculum vitae

Born in Sydney, Australia.

1974 - 1978: Studied painting and design at Sydney College of the Arts (SCA)
1979   Recorded and toured with The Numbers and later The Maybe Dolls in Australia and USA
1994   The Maybe Dolls disbanded.
1994   Represented by Brown Paper Parcels Gallery, Lawson in Blue Mountains, NSW
1996   Moved to North Coast NSW and made handcrafted timber pieces for local galleries
2003   Represented by Barebones Artspace, Bangalow, NSW
2005 - 2007: Represented by Byron Fine Art Gallery
2007 - 2009: Represented by Cape Gallery, Byron Bay, NSW
2008   Solo exhibition: My Father's Aeroplanes, at Barebones Artspace, Bangalow NSW
2008   Awarded first place in the Elders Art Prize at FEHVA, 2008
2009   Represented by Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, QLD
2009   40 x 40 Special First Christmas Show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach, Qld 
2010   Young Guns group show Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld 
2010   First anniversary Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld
2010   Christmas Portrait Show, Anthea Polson Art, Main Beach Qld
2010   Mater Hospital Collection, Brisbane Qld
2011   8 Days Before Christmas Our Artists' Special Christnas Show, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2012   The Artist Revealed Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2013   Four of the Best, Anthea Polson Art, Qld
2013   Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize, Gallipoli Memorial Club NSW

ARTIST STATEMENT

The aeroplanes are about wonder, masculinity, science, innovation, danger, adventure and escape. The perspective is often twisted to reflect a child-like view of the planes and rockets. This also expresses the contingency of flight - the sheer impossibility of a heavier than air flying machine.

When I was a child my father worked as an engineer for QANTAS and I was surrounded by images of aeroplanes, hangars, runways and jets. I made endless drawings of planes, trying to get the subtle curves and angles just right so as to capture the grace of flight. I also imagined dark and sinister planes raining bombs and spitting fire like triumphant hot-rod war machines.

In my current works, I once again explore and indulge in my totemic-like, boyhood visions. They began as a series about the model planes and gliders that my father had made and my memories of them suspended in the sky - the frames translucent against the sun. I never realised what a huge visual impact these experiences had on my life and how powerful the subject matter was for me until my father started sending pictures of his aeroplanes to my sons.

I like to concentrate on the physical making of work at close range, using new and reclaimed timber materials and sometimes metal pieces. Applied layers of paint and provisional images are scraped back, adjusted and reapplied as the image is slowly built over a period of days, months, and sometimes years. Often the assembled surfaces of individual pieces are subjected to a range of industrial processes like sanding, grinding, branding and fire. These works can be both literally and figuratively heavy.