About Chris Aerfeldt
Making the ordinary extraordinary The paintings I make are born in my subconscious, coming from a semi-hidden place that is mostly beyond words. There are things inside each of us that don't easily rise to the surface. In my artworks I give visible form to ideas and emotions that don't normally seem to fit together or make proper sense - they come from the edges of dreams and daydreams. I want to make the ordinary extraordinary. In my work I use many of the same labour intensive techniques and materials that were developed by European old masters in past centuries, but apply them to contemporary images. Friends and acquaintances pose as models and I fabricate objects to use as props in the various scenarios. The backgrounds are added later. My parents are from Estonia but I grew up in the hot, flat suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. There was quite a bit of cultural disconnect between the two worlds, as any child born to migrant parents will know. I always had quite a complex internal life but found very few ways to express it. Drawing and painting were my favourite things and at the age of around eleven I started making little landscapes in oils in my dad's shed, creating a huge mess and around me. After several false starts to my career, I became miserable enough to realize that all I wanted to do was to paint and that this could be my contribution to society. I was awarded a scholarship to go to Adelaide Central School of Art followed by another scholarship to do a Masters degree at Chelsea College in London. Charles Saatchi turned up at my graduate show and bought my work, as did David Roberts and several other major collectors. By the end of the year everything I had made had been sold. After London, I decided to stay on in Europe so settled in the south of France. I now divide my time between Montpellier and Barcelona, with in-between trips to London. My work is represented by galleries in Europe and Australia.
Education 2007 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London 2001 Bachelor of Visual Art (Hons), Adelaide Central School of Art, South Australia 1998 New York Studio School Drawing Marathon, Adelaide Central School of Art, South Australia Solo exhibitions 2012 Melbourne Art Fair, Helen Gory Galerie 2009 Silver threads and golden needles (cannot mend this heart of mine), Wyer Gallery, London 2006 Flying Visitation, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne, Australia 2004 heavn & hell, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne, Australia 1999 A Very Modern Girl, Art Images, Adelaide, South Australia Selected group exhibitions 2011 Home Stories,Adelaide Central Gallery 2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Helen Gory Galeries 2008 Aerfeldt & Evans, (two person show) Wyer Gallery, London 2007 Future Map, The Arts Gallery, London Recent Graduates Exhibition, The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London Graduate Exhibition Masters of Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art & Design 2006 I found myself in a strange place, Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide National Works on Paper exhibition, Finalist, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 2005 Luminous Two, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne Whyalla Art Prize, Finalist, Whyalla Regional Gallery 2003 SALA Festival Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia Wit and Wisdom, Beauty and Truth, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide Eleven, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide White Lies Beneath, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Adelaide Contemporary, Eva Breuer Art Dealer, Sydney 2002 Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, with Cube Contemporary Art Pure, Cube Contemporary Art, Adelaide Synthetic Whispers, Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne If love fits, wear it, twinBEE Studios, Adelaide 2001 Lo-Sheen, (two person exhibition), Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide 7UP, Studio 91B, Adelaide Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide 2000 Nocturnal Workings, State Library of South Australia 1999 Good Thinking, Art Images, Adelaide Collections Charles Saatchi, London David Roberts, London University of the Arts London Art Gallery of South Australia Artbank, Australia F H Faulding, Australia Commissions 2007 University of the Arts London, permanent collection