Chris Wake

Chris Wake

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

About Chris Wake

International South Australian Artist Chris Wake was a finalist in the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize a high profile, international art prize covering the whole of Asia,  Wake was one of 30 finalists selected out of over 1100 nominated artists Paintings were exhibited at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, then Hong Kong for final judging . The eminent judges came from around the world including curators from Tate Modern, Guggenheim museums.  The paintings were then auctioned by Sothebys Hong Kong with Chris Wake`s painting “Dali is Not So Crazy” achieving the second highest price out of the 30 lots auctioned.

With more than 18 solo exhibitions and 40 group exhibitions some of which have been sell out shows Chris Wake`s reputation continues to grow . Chris Wake is represented by fine art galleries in Australia and overseas and her work is in private and corporate collections.  Chris Wake was born in Adelaide in 1960, and has been painting since 1976 .   The current theme of her work is about global warming, the water level is rising and the animals are rescuing us.  A satirical comment about man`s inability to take care of the planet and to share it peacefully with other species.  

Chris Wake studied Fine Art at Adelaide Central School of Art and has been painting since 1976.  Wake`s paintings are now much sought after by corporate and private collectors in Australia and internationally.   Chris Wake was invited to exhibit in the 2012 Monaco Art Fair & was also one of the international painters, representing 32 different nations chosen to participate in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Fine Art exhibition in South Africa. Chris was commissioned by 2010 Fine Art because she already achieved international recognition as a finalist in the 2008 Sovereign Asian Art Prize held in Hong Kong. The paintings are for sale online or through fine art dealers and galleries. Chris Wake also paints family portraits by commission.

Artist Statement -"As an artist, I am compelled to go beyond a purely decorative visual connection between the artist and viewer, to a place where my work is a catalyst of discussion, challenge, or humor. My works insists the viewer interacts with the painting and I am fascinated by individuals reactions and interpretations."


Studied Fine Art Degree at Adelaide Central School of Art
Workshops with other established artists
Largely self taught


Collections: Private & Corporate all over the world.
I paint family portraits by commission in 3 sizes:
1 x 1..2m long
1.2 x 1m
1.2 x 2m
I can paint your family with a contemporary, traditional or beach themed background and use your preference of colour. They can take up to 2 months to complete. I would need photographs of the family, any pets and interests.


2013 - Solo Exhibition "Same, Unique, Same" Sydney. Group exhibition Artworxs Gallery South Australia, group exhibition Loreto South Australia, Group exhibition Artman Gallery Melbourne, group exhibition Wentworth Gallery Sydney.
2012 - Monaco Art Fair, group exhibition Southern Exchange Hong Kong
2011 - Group exhibitions Wentworth Galleries Sydney, Kensington Gallery Adelaide, studio commissions.
2010 – FIFA World Cup & Largest International Fine Art collaboration in History, commissioned by 2010 Fine Art (appointed by FIFA) to do a painting for the World Cup in South Africa. Leading contemporary artists from 32 countries are exhibiting and Chris Wake has been selected to represent Australia in South Africa. Group Exhibition Singapore, Ode To Art Gallery, Kensington Gallery. Solo exhibition Hentley Farm Wines Barossa Valley, SALA week exhibition.
2009 – “Global Rescue” solo exhibition Amelia Johnston Contemporary Hong Kong, curated by Georgie Bruce Southern Exchange. Group exhibition Kensington Gallery.
2008 –Sovereign Asian Art Prize Exhibition at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Singapore, Solo exhibition 5OPT Gallery Hong Kong “Theatre of The Mind” . Solo Exhibition “While Waiting for Godot” Stafford Studios Perth, Solo exhibition Southern Exchange Hong Kong, Group exhibition Kensington Gallery “The Antipodeans” exhibition including Blackman, Boyd, Brack, Percival & selected gallery artists, Group exhibition “Women To Watch” Kensington Gallery, Group exhibition Kensington Gallery SALA. Group exhibition House of Phillips Fine Art Sydney. Group exhibition Opera Gallery Singapore, Group exhibition Ward-Nasse Gallery New York.
2007 –Sell Out solo exhibition “Behind The Mask” Kensington Gallery Solo Exhibition, Group exhibitions- SALA festival Kensington Gallery Adelaide, Mizon Gallery Sydney, Stafford Studios Perth, Opera Gallery Singapore.
2006 – Sell out solo exhibition Singapore Art Fair, Maree Mizon Gallery solo exhibition, Opera Gallery, Royal South Australian Society of Arts 150th Anniversary Art Prize, Pembroke One Exhibition, Scotch College, Loreto College, SALA Week Kensington Gallery, Festival of Arts Adelaide Kensington Gallery.
2005 – Group exhibitions - Collins Street Gallery, Maree mizon Gallery, Kensington Gallery, SALA, Collins Street Gallery, Roy Morgan Research Collection, Group exhibitions - Loreto College, St. Peters Cathedral, St. Catherines College.
2004 - Sell Out solo Exhibition – “Soiree` Entre Amis” at Collins Street Gallery, Melbourne . Roy Morgan Research collection, Lady Southey AM collection. Group exhibitions - SALA week Kensington Gallery. Loreto and Scotch College.
2003 - Kelly series to be used alongside Sydney Nolan`s work for the "Kelly" theatre production by the Shortman cooperative, New Zealand Festival of Arts. Group exhibitions - First Settlement Gallery Sorrento, Marie Mizon Gallery Paddington, Kensington Gallery Adelaide, Loreto College.
2002 – Group exhibitions - Art Galleries Schubert Qld. The Boathouse Gallery Vic, Kensington Gallery- Commissioned by national publisher to paint a series of 10 works to be published as limited edition prints. Group exhibitions - Loreto & Scotch College. Commissions from US and St. Pauls Church Glen Osmond. Two awards by the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
2001 –Solo exhibition Chardonnay Lodge Coonarwarra, Guest Artist in residence at "The Cedars"" in Nora Heysen`s studio to celebrate Heysen week. Heysen family collection, group exhibitions Kensington Gallery, Delshan Gallery Vic. Greenhill Galleries. Finalist Fleurieu Biennale wine section juried exhibition.
2000 - solo exhibition - Special guest exhibition for the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show, Artist in residence Hahndorf Academy, corporate commissions group exhibitions Kensington Gallery, Greenhill Gallery, Delshan Gallery.
199 –Solo exhbition Adelaide Botanic Gardens- Yarrabee House “From The Garden”, Published prints and art cards. Group exhibitions - Greenhill galleries, Riddoch Gallery, Ayers House, Seppeltsfield Winery.
1998 – Group exhibitions