New Zealand Sculptor Chris Bailey
Ringa Whao

A Carver’s Story
Chris Bailey the established and lauded New ZealandChris Bailey sculptor has recently achieved international recognition and representation of his country at the Venice Biennale. This is just one extraordinary event in Chris' story. This film explores both the inner and outer artist of a man breaking out of his shell and finding his roots through his work and visiting his culture. Visually this film shows an intimate journey from Aoteroa to the La Maddalena Church in Venice where his recent work is currently being exhibited. ?Chris reflects on his work and the parallels in his journey from a Roman Catholic upbringing to his profound connection to the Marae and now the incredible journey from a Waiheke workyard to a Roman Catholic Church in Venice. Chris' works are collected around the world from New York to Europe and throughout Aoteroa. How he got there and what is motivating him is the crux of this story. RingaWhao searches for his “Rosebud” set against wonderful landscapes and works of art from Italy to New Zealand. The background core consists of music composed by New Zealand composers and musicians Rhian, James Webster and Tiki Tara.

Ngati Hako, Te Aupouri, Ngati Porou, Irish?Bourn: 1965, Aotearoa/New Zealand Resides: Waiheke Island, New Zealand Chris Bailey's works, whilst very much influenced by his Maori heritage, carry a strong contemporary feel. His work ranges from body adornment through to larger stone and timber sculptural pieces. Chris is generally recognized for his strong simple forms that have great presence in any setting. With his formal training from Auckland University, Chris has been a practicing artist for 25 years with a long history of exhibiting both nationally and internationally: San Francisco, Canada and Tokyo, and in Italy in the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Chris is represented by:
"The Spirit Wrestler Gallery" in Vancouver, Canada."FHE Galleries" in Auckland, New Zealand Recognition Three grants received from Creative NZ, NZ Arts Council in both 2005, 2007 and 2009 to develop new collection's of works. Chris has been recognized by the New Zealand Art Council for his stone work and, as such, granted Toi Iho status which formally recognizes authentic Maori art of high artistic quality. Chris was commissioned by Creative NZ to produce carved timber seats for the New Zealand Room in collaboration with Katie Lockheart at the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009. is current commission is for a sculpture for Britomart's Takutai Square to be installed for the World Rugby Cup

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