Award-winning artist Chris Blake was born in the UK and came to Australia as a 10 pound pom when he was seventeen. His early life in Australia was in the Queensland bush where he did a range of different jobs from cowboy, stock-man, fencer, a stint on the railways and cartoonist (for the amusement of his workmates). This early knockabout life was character building and it instilled in him a deep affection for the Australian spirit and the people of the bush.
Fatherhood and work in Melbourne saw his art put on hold for many years, although he did keep up with drawing skills. In those days, it was more to amuse the kids. In 1978, he took up the brushes and painted with many local Melbourne artists and art groups.
Moving back to Queensland in the early 90's he became a poplar art tutor with the newly-formed Caloundra Art Coop. In time, Chris became a well known and respected tutor and exhibitor. He won many art awards, particularly with his landscapes: the Open Awards at Maleny, Hervey Bay, Nanango, Murgon, Sunshine Coast Immanuel Art Exhibition and the annual Pastel Society of Australia exhibition in Brisbane. He has been a Master Pastellist and tutor in the PSA since 2004.
Chris is best known for his vibrant landscapes, townscapes and marine scenes which feature almost luminous qualities. He describes himself as a tonal colorist, in which he pushes tones and textures to extremities whilst still retaining the integrity of the subject and intensity of colour. He is also happy to sometimes use flashes of colour which we may not expect to see in nature - yellows and green in skies, pinks in the soil, reds and purple in the shadows.
These give a rich depth to his paintings that invite you to see more in the natural world around you.
While his favorite subjects include outback landscapes, marine scenes and figures in interesting townscapes, he has such an eclectic range of subject matter that it is difficult to pin him down to just the one genre. He has be known to produce large and rather different paintings of flowers, birds, portraits and domestic fish. Whatever it is, it is usually exciting and dramatic.
Chris has now been painting and teaching for over twenty years. He is a multi-award winning artist, working in pastel, oils, acrylics,and pen-and-wash.
Rhino with Red
Acrylic on canvas | 61 x 76 x .38 cm
$950 | plus freight | contact for details
SOLD : REMEMBER THE DICKY
Finalist at the Caloundra regional gallery this year for local artists, local subject
Size 75cm x 55cm
Road to Glen Davis
Oil on canvas, Framed Gold Float | 50 x 101 x .38 cm
$1350 | plus freight | contact for details
Flinders St Station
Acrylic on canvas | 46 x 61 cm
$750 | plus freight | contact for details
Sand Dune Shadows
Oil on canvas | 61 x 76 cm
$895 | plus freight | contact for details
Days Last Dance on the Cudgegong
Oil Paint, Ready to hang | 91cm x 60cm
$970 AUD | plus freight | contact for details
Sheoaks at Capertee
Oil on canvas | 41 x 60 cm
$550 | plus freight | contact for details
Wave Break at Sara Anne Rocks
Oil on canvas | 60 x 91 cm
$850 | plus freight | contact for details
Wave and Rocks
Oil on 4mm ply | 36 x 40 cm
$495 | plus freight | contact for details
Outback Jump Up
Oil impasto canvas framed black float
41 x 51 x .38 cm
$750 | plus freight | contact for details
A Quiet Country Road, Tasmania
A trip to Tassie a couple of years ago found me on this back road on the peninsular. The strong light and the deep shadows had me snapping off with the camera before I got run down by the local dairy herd coming home for milking.
Oil | 40cm x 30cm on 4mm ply board | Not framed
I had to go no further than my garden to find these beautiful Callistemon phoenicius. Since doing my large Cherry Blossom series I seem to have found my feminine side LOL Who said an old dog cant learn a new trick, well learn to see.
Pastel on colour fix paper matt mounted for display and shipping
50cm x 35cm
Mudgee NSW is a charming country town with some great painting subjects close at hand. Up to a few years ago I would join a group of fellow artists and we would paint-out over a week at Easter. This delightful little scene was only 10mins out of the town.
Oil | 40cm x30cm thick texture paint on a 4mm ply board, not framed
Spring Cherry Blossom
The delicate conception of Cherry Blossom in spring time re-conceived in this vibrant depiction in thick juicy textual oil paint. (painting goes around the sides)
100% pure cotton canvas to made the best gallery standard quality. The painting comes with extra Dee rings as well as hanging cord and is ready to hang.
Oil | 122cm x 91cm
Outback Study No. 4
A studio study of a jump up in central Queensland, of an intending very large format painting. These jump ups are 65million years old and the last resting place of many yet undiscovered fossils and are apart of the dream time of our great state
Oil very heavy textured in places
40cm x 30cm 4 ply timber support. (un-framed)
My modern day version of the old cliche 'Aphrodite's by the waterhole' But in my case I had a clothed model on a local lake.
Oil | 76cm x 61cm | framed
It was painted on to a very solid custom frame on canvas, it comes with a black float frame.
Meet You Under The Flags
Acquisitive art prize 2000
Pastel | 70cm x 50cm
Wet Day Traffic
Stuck on the top of a tourist bus in Glasgow, and it rained. Disappointed, but what the heck I kept on taking a few shots. I was stunned later back at the hotel to see the potential, of what was I
thought a wasted day. This would be the study of a large format painting which I will do for the Immanuel College art show Caloundra [QLD] where I was invited to be artist in focus.
Oil | 40cm x 30cm, on 4mm ply, not framed .
Wave Study No. 5
One hears of surfers looking for the perfect wave, well the same goes for us artists and photographers. This to me after many shots was a great inspiration for a painting, a wave and a rock as a point of interest. A subject I have introduced to a few classes I have taught on seascapes and it never disappoints.
Oil | 61cm x 30cm on 4mm ply, framed with a white modern frame