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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Chris Heaphy

b. 1965, New Zealand

Chris Heaphy is of Ngāi Tahu descent and graduated from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 1991, completing an MFA at RMIT University, Melbourne in 1998.  

Heaphy’s work addressed issues and questions about culture and identity.  The reoccurring symbols and signs in his paintings are deliberately open-ended in their interpretation.  Heaphy refers to this as the ‘slippage of meaning of the symbol.’   For example, silhouetted forms may allude to European walking sticks or ancient Māori rock drawings.  His interest is in encouraging viewers to acknowledge the way in which differing cultures, communities and individuals reveal and define their identities. 

Heaphy was the recipient of the Olivia Spencer-Bower Art Award in 1995 and was represented in the 2007 Frieze Art Fair in London by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. He has work in the Auckland Art Gallery and National Library Art Gallery in Wellington. 

Featured Artworks

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Untitled (Birdlings) by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyUntitled (Birdlings), 2004 Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Geiko Chashitsu by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyGeiko Chashitsu, 2017 Acrylic on linen
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Amazing Day by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyAmazing Day, 2016 Acrylic on linen
90 x 120 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
The Floating World by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyThe Floating World, 2017 Acrylic on linen
200 x 200 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Phar Lap Waits by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyPhar Lap Waits, 2017 Acrylic on linen
120 x 160 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Hata Waits by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyHata Waits, 2017 Acrylic on linen
120 x 160 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Kotuku Waits by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyKotuku Waits, 2017 Acrylic on linen
100 x 60 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
Matuku Hurepo Waits by Chris Heaphy contemporary artwork Chris HeaphyMatuku Hurepo Waits, 2017 Acrylic on linen
100 x 60 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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5 June–7 July 2018 Group Exhibition Rock 'n' Roll, 30 years on ... Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Chris Heaphy, The Floating World at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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28 March–22 April 2017 Chris Heaphy The Floating World Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Elliot Collins, Chris Heaphy, Andre Hemer, Marie Le Lievre and Judy Millar, Five Painters at Bartley + Company Art, Wellington
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3–20 December 2014 Elliot Collins, Chris Heaphy, Andre Hemer, Marie Le Lievre and Judy Millar Five Painters Bartley + Company Art, Wellington

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