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CV - Jason Christopher (Jan 2019).pdf




Jason’s art practice has developed a unique aesthetic, derived through his professional placement across various creative fields and extensive academic research. His art practice has spanned over 30 years, merging influence from various intercepting forays into film and design related industries.


His work comments on an emerging synergy between global culture and the mechanised world, exploring cultural shifts that occur as technology displaces every day practices. The works are situated amongst these shifts, keeping pace as new cultural developments materialise.


Jason’s work takes a satirical view-point, posing questions concerning the effect of technological advancement on humanities physical and cultural evolution.


He combines traditional hand crafted methodologies with technology based production techniques in the creation of his works. Attention to detail and implementing mass fabrication techniques create a “production line” aesthetic.


Jason’s professional practice began in the late eighties, inspired by the works of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely and Australian artist Robert Klippel. Jason’s assemblies of “junk metal” regenerated a junk metal movement in Australia into the mid-nineties.


The saturation of junk metal works which followed in Jason’s footsteps inevitably precipitated a need for change in direction.


After a two year travelling and research journey abroad in the early 90’s, Jason returned home to incorporate his practice within the booming feature film industry at Fox studios, in Sydney Australia, working on films such as the Matrix trilogy and Star Wars.


Once the feature film boom had run its course and in his pursuit for a greater understanding of materials and production methods Jason turned his skills to design.


Throughout a ten year period in design, Jason developed computer CAD skills he now uses extensively to realise his works. During this period in design, Jason created many iconic urban development designs which are still in use throughout the City of Sydney and elsewhere such as the “Smartpole bike ring” and Hanging Baskets.


In 2010 Jason returned to Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) equipped with newly acquired skills and ready to rekindle his artistic practice through a line of academic research. Jason has since completed two master degrees and a PhD research degree.


Jason’s PhD concerns itself with indigenous/non-indigenous collaboration, researching institutional response towards a serious of works Jason co-created with acclaimed Torres Strait Islander artist Dr Ken Thaiday Snr.


Jason’s research provides context to the realisation of sustained and indebt cross-cultural engagement amongst global contemporary arts and an emerging Torres Strait Islander contemporary art movement..


Since reinventing himself as a visual artist Jason has been the recipient of 9 awards in major competitions as well as a finalist in the Wynne prize and recipient of an Australian Post graduate award.


2019 will see Jason’s return to the studio in pursuit of a new line of multi – disciplinary kinetic works that will engage his extensive history of research and material manipulation. 





Doctor of Philosophy (College of Arts) (Major Sculpting), Sydney College of the Arts/University of Sydney, Candidate


Master of Fine Arts (Major Sculpting), Sydney College of the Arts/University of Sydney, 2012


Master of Studio Arts (Majoring Sculpting), Sydney College of the Arts/University of Sydney, 2010


Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) (Majoring Sculpting) Sydney College of the Arts/University of Sydney, 1991


Bronze Medallion 2011, Elevated Work Platform Association of Australia 2005, OH&S Accredited (Comet Training) 2003, Senior First Aid 2005, Higher School Certificate – Blakehurst High School 1987 





2018 August – MAAS Powerhouse Museum – Human non Human – Collaborative work / group show


2018 September – Ray Besserdin Paper Sculpture Artist Gallery – Group Show


2017 May – National Gallery of Australia – Defying Empire 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial – Collaborative work/group show


2016 March – The Art Gallery of NSW – 20th Biennale of Sydney – Collaborative Work


2016 March – Oceanographic Museum of Monaco – Australia: Defending the Oceans at the Heart of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island – Collaborative Work


2014 December – M Contemporary – Solo Show


2014 July – Gallery 2010 – Cosmos – Group Show


2013 October – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 13’– Finalist


2013 October – Verge Awards – Finalist


2013 August – Cairns Regional Gallery – Ken Thaiday Retrospective – Collaborative Work


2013 August – Sunshine Coast Art Prize 3D – Finalist


2013 August – Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D – Finalist


2013 July – Intra-action Multispecies becomings in the Anthropocene


2013 July – AASG Conference – Film Presentation


2013 May – Toorak Sculpture Exhibition 2013 – Finalist


2013 May – Verge Gallery – Translations – A Sydney Sacramento Exchange


2012 October – Verge Awards 2012 – Finalist


2012 September – Gosford Art Prize 2012 – Finalist


2012 August – Re-invention of Gravity – USU Art Collections Officers Exhibition – Verge Gallery


2012 May – Free Range – Salerno Gallery – Solo Show


2012 March – Wynne Prize 2012 – Art Gallery of NSW – Finalist


2012 February – St Jeromes Laneways Festival 2012 – Sydney


2011 October – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Finalist


2011 September – Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) – RBS Emerging Artist Award


2011 September – Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery – Sydney College of the Arts Recent Works


2011 June – David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award – Finalist


2011 February – Verge Gallery – Greatest Hits Volume 2


2010 October – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Finalist


2010 September – Gosford Regional Art Gallery Prize


Sculptures By the Sea – Finalist


Holdsworth Gallery – Paddington


West 8 – Woolloomooloo


Louvre, Paris – Commissioned works exhibited as part of technological art works exhibition


Trop Fest – Best of the Rest


Sylvester Studios – Redfern


Sydney University Art Gallery – Wentworth Building – Work acquired by Gallery


Lunar Tech – Bourke Street, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst


Sydney Opera House Forecourt


Molly Dive Stand – North Sydney


Pier One


Space Furniture – Flinders Street, Darlinghurst 





2014 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) recipient


2013 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) recipient


2013 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) recipient


2013 May – Toorak Sculpture Exhibition – Leonard Joel Award “Colonial Bunyip”


2012 October – Runner Up 3D Works Sculpture Category – Verge Gallery “Two Face” Judges Susan Norrie and Zanny Begg


2012 September – Winner Sculpture Category – Gosford Art Prize 2012 “Urban Bunyip” Judge Anthony Bond OAM, Director, Buratorial, Art Gallery of New South Wales


2012 March – Wynne Prize 2012 Finalist “Battery Hens”


2012 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) recipient


2011 October – Special Commendation Award – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2011 “Battery Hens” Judges Dr Gene Sherman AM (Executive Director – Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation) and Professor Ted Snell AM (Chair of the Visual Arts Board Australia Council).


2011 June – Winner David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award “Free Range” Judges Ken Unsworth, Elizabeth Fortescue and Michael Goldberg


2010 October – Special Commendation Award – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2011 “Milk Machine” Judges John Kaldor AM (Principal of Kaldor Public Art Projects), Monica McMahon (Curator – University of Western Sydney) and Glenn Barkley (Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art).





Australian Museum – July 14 – commissioned by Australian Museum to direct, produce, edit short film of Ken Thaiday Snr


Australian Museum – Oct 13 – commissioned by Australian Museum to direct, produce, edit short film of Ken Thaiday Snr


Cairns Regional Gallery Collection – August 2013 – commissioned by Cairns Regional Gallery to collaborate with Ken Thaiday to produce an automated sculptural work “Clamshell with hammerhead shark”, 2013, Exhibition; Ken Thaiday Snr: Erub Kebe Le A Survey Exhibition from 1990 to the present.


Kopparberg – Feb 13 – commissioned by Habitat Media to design, develop, Manufacture, promotional serving trays for Trop Fest 2013


Wild Turkey /American Honey – Aug 2011- commissioned by Ivy Counsel to design, develop, manufacture installations that showcase the American Honey Brand – bottle display for Opening Party and Bar Show.


Sculpture Furniture – 2010-2011 commissioned by BKH Architects and Dinosaur Designs – Shop Fit out Strand Arcade, New York Store and Melbourne GPO Store


Art Gallery of NSW – commissioned 25 sculptural bowls


Rene Rivkin – Private Collection


Steve Vizard – Private Collection


Sydney Solicitors Office, Clarence Street, Sydney – Sculptures


Sheraton On The Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney – Riva Night Club


EFTPOS, Ingenico, International Company – Northern Beaches commissioned sculptures as well as office and boardroom table for the Company’s Head of Office Managing Director – Private Collection


Infinity Building Company – Medina on Crown Building, Crown Street, Darlinghurst Boardroom table and chairs


Warner Brothers – “Reckless Kelly” Commissioned for period of 4 months, works comprising sculptures and furniture.


Mission Impossible feature film


Star Wars feature film


Tony and Guy hairdressing Salon Commissioned to design and produce furniture


Various Private Collections both nationally and internationally 





2013 August 17– Cairns Post – “Inspired by nature” – Denise Carter


2013 August 23– The Australian – “Special effects of the dance machine”


2013 August – Cairns Regional Gallery Catalogue – “Ken Thaiday Snr: Erub Kebe Le – A Survey Exhibition from 1990 to the Present”


2012 – University of Sydney – Sydney Annual – The 2011 Report – On Achievement & Philanthropy “Rethinking Man and Machine”


2012 May 29 – Daily Telegraph – “Sculptor Jason Christopher showcasing works such as Fertility Totem Fetish at Salerno Gallery in Glebe”


2011 August 3– Wentworth Courier – “Jason sculpts a new career”


2011 June 18– Artshub – “Jason Christopher wins sculpture award”


2011 June 6 – Daily Telegraph – “David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award”


2010 August 24- Sydney Morning Herald – “Smallest is the best but decadence is declined.”


Pre 2010 – Good Weekend, Bulletin, Tas Magazine, She, Elle, Vogue, House & Garden, Cream 





2012 May 27 – Canvas on FBI 94.5fm – Radio Interview Jesse Cox


Channel 7 – “Steve Vizard Show”, live telecast across Australia over 2 nights


Channel 10 – “Bright Ideas” – segment on furniture and sculptures





2012 April 30 – Channel 9 – News Archibald /Wynne Prize Peter Harvey


Yahoo Serious – Warner Brothers Film – “Reckless Kelly”


Paramount Pictures Film – “Mission Impossible”


Star Wars – George Lucas Feature Film


Channel 7 – “Video Smash Hits”, Set Design for period of 2 years


Channel 9 – “The Girl From Tomorrow” – Sci Fi Series


Channel 7 – “Steve Vizard Show” – Appeared and interviewed live on set over 2 nights, sculpture produced live on set and exhibited for following year on set


Channel 7 – “Steve Vizard Show” – Photographed Sculptural works used when breaking for commercials


Channel 10 – “Bright Ideas” – Appeared and interviewed, work showcased


Open City Productions – “Museum of Accidents” – Stage Performance 





Designed a range of home ware products in cast Aluminium – Distribution by Arx Australian and Jarass throughout Australia and New Zealand to various selected designer retail stores including the Alessi store in the strand arcade. Design were also distributed to Japan and Sweden. 





Designed a range of sculptural furniture commissioned and exhibited.