Christchurch based artist Chris Pole completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury in 2002. He has participated in numerous exhibitions since then, including most recently a solo show in 2015 at Warwick Henderson Gallery in Auckland, titled Sideways In reverse. Pole was awarded the Vision Culture Residency, Shalini Ganendra Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur in 2013, resulting in an exhibition at Shalini Ganedra Fine Art.
Pole’s practice shows a commitment to the investigation of landscapes and cityscapes using photographs as a start point but treating the space oddly so that the scenes appear real and unreal at the same time. This is particularly evident in his oil painting details, but also alluded to in the mark-making of his charcoal and pencil drawings. As Felicity Milburn explains, “By adopting an abruptly flattened perspective, Pole reframes a meticulously rendered cityscape as an oscillating wall of pattern and texture…As his painted city surges in front of us, it seems ready to break apart into fragments of pure colour, forming a strangely dislocating threshold that has as much to do with imagination and memory as with visual fidelity”