Chris Drury

1948 Born Colombo, Sri Lanka
1966-1970 Diploma in Art and Design, Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Chris Drury – Salon Vert, Geneva

Wave – Chris Drury – Avivson, London

2016 EARTH – 10th March – 3rd April – A one man show at Onca Gallery, Brighton
2015 Exchange – 15th – 31st August. A Cape Farewell project with Kay Syrad about 3 farms in West Dorset. The Exhibition, includes a large leather bound book and several works on the wall representing a years research. The Fine Foundation Gallery, Durleston Castle, Swanage.
2014 Chris Drury, Lloyds Club Gallery
Chris Drury –
Mini retrospective and installation – Oppland Art Centre, Lillhammer, Norway
2011 Land Water and Language, Dovecot, Edinburgh
2010 Mushroom Cloud – Installation and Videos – Arte Sella, Italy

Mushroom Cloud

Water, Land and Language, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Loch Maddy, Western Isles
2008 Chris Drury: Mushrooms|Clouds – Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Chris Drury—Antarctica: A Heartbeat of the Earth – Beaux Arts, London
2006 Chris Drury: Inside out, Outside In – Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2005 Chris Drury: Whorls – Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
2003-2004 Heart of Stone (multiple installations) – Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Wales; Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
2002 Chris Drury – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill


2000 Journeys on Paper – Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
1999 Shelter – Fabrica, Brighton
1998 Silent Spaces – Janus Avivson Gallery, New York
Silence Art Espace, FNAC, Les Halles, Paris
1995 Vessel – travelling exhibition sponsored by Arts Council England, South East and the Scottish Arts Council; exhibited at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; Rochdale Art Gallery; Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
1993 Stones and Bundles – Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London
1991-1992 Chris Drury – Ace Gallery, Los Angeles
1989 Chris Drury: Cairns and Bundles – Prema and Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire
1987 Shelters and Baskets – travelling exhibition organized by the Orchard Gallery, Derry, Ireland in association with the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and the Leeds Art Gallery; exhibited at Foyle  Centre, Londonderry, Ireland; Leeds Art Gallery; Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow; Seagate Gallery, Dundee, Scotland; Peacock Artspace, Aberdeen; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
 1985 Medicine Wheel– Coracle Press Gallery, London

Selected Group Shows








Natures Mysterious connections: Mushrooms, Mycelia and Yeast: GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn.

Land Art: Expanding the Atlas – Nevada Museum of Art

Antarctic Resolution, An exhibition to accompany the book Launched at the Architectural Venice Bienale

Seeing Past the Future, An online exhibition of works by 2019-2020 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipients


Future Now, Aesthetic Art Prize Exhibition, York Gallery, York, UK

2017 Rooted, Revived and Reinvented – Basketry in America travelling to Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel, Mississippi. Watcom Museum, Bellingham – 2018. Houston Centre for Contemporary Craft, South Dakota Art Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass. – 2019. The Ruth Frank Centre for Textile Arts, Melbourne, Florida
2017 Invited artist Royal Scottish Academy show
2015 Art on Paper – Browngrotta Arts, New York City Art Fair
Soil Culture – An exhibition to coinside with the UN International year of soil – involving several international artists: 19th Sept – 27th Nov. Falmouth Art Gallery. 9 Jan – 27th Feb 2016 – Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
2014 Walk On – 40 years of Art Walking – MAC Birmingham -8 February – 31 March,  The Atkinson Southport – 7 April – 30 July,  Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University -20 September December VANISHING ICE – Touring to: The El Paso Museum of ArtEl Paso,  TexasJune 1, 2014 – August 24, 2014Glenbow Museum
Calgary, Alberta September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, Ontario
January 31 – April 26, 2015
2013 Walk On – From Richard Long to Janet Cardif – 40 years of art walking – PMG London, NGCA Sunderland, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Vanishing Ice – Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art -1775 – 2012, Watcom Art Museum, Bellingham USA
2012 Traces, International festival of art and sound, Schloss Werdenberg
Antarctica, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National Universiy
2011 Drawing on Ideas; Chris Drury , Simon Langton, William Mackerell – Royal British Society of Sculptors.Landscapes oF Exploration: at Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University. Work from the British Antactic Survey Artist and Writers program.
Drawing on Ideas, RBS gallery, LondonTraces, 3 installations for the Schloss Werdenberg FestivalPertaining to things Natural – Chelsea Physic garden, London, John Martin Gallery, London – works from The Chelsea Physic garden artistsEcoArt – Pori Museum of Art, Pori Finland
Art Paris with Galeria Repetto
Carte Blanche à Philip Hughes – Gallerie Gimpel Muller, Paris –Chris Drury, Nicholas de Stael, Philip Hughes
Figure in The Landscape, Discovery Centre, Winchester
2010 Experiments– GV Arts, London – 5 artists working with scientists
Between Ice and Snow, The processes and Energies of Nature – Centre St Benin, Aosta, Italy
2008 Shake Before Using – ARTIUM of Álava, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Moving Toward a Balanced Earth – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
2007 Geumgang Nature Art Pre- Biennale, South Korea
2005 Vinyl – Cork City Council Capital of Culture festival, Ireland
Out There – Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich
Palm Beach 3 – Browngrotta Arts at SOFA, Palm Beach, Florida
2004 Eco-Photo – Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York
2004-2005 In Praise of Earth – Salisbury Festival
Organic Matters – Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight – North Carolina Art Museum, Raleigh
2003 Tender Landscapes: Artists Respond to Human Involvement in the Natural World – The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia
The Common Thread: Finding Fiber in Contemporary Art – Westport Arts Center, Connecticut
In Praise Of Trees – Salisbury Festival and Stephen Lacey Gallery, London; in collaboration with English Nature, an agency funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
2001-2002 From Across The Pond – Browngrotta Arts, Connecticut
2000 High Touch/High Tech – Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco
Just Paint – Stephen Lacey Gallery, London
1999 Herman de Vries and Chris Drury: Works from There and Here – Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco
1998-1999  European Art/Nature Triennial – Odsherreds, Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Trilogy: A Confrontation with Creation – Kunsthallen Brandt Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
1996 The Edge of Town – Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Connecticut
1993 Différent Nature: Visions de l’art Contemporain – Galerie Art 4 de l’Esplanade, Place de la Défense, Paris
1990  Beelden Buiten – Tielt, Belgium
1989 Distant Echoes: Chris Drury and Aase Goldsmith– Scottish Arts CouncilTraveling Gallery; exhibited in Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, and Hebrides Islands
Art and Nature, Dundee City Art Gallery
1987 Unpainted Landscapes – Victoria Miro Gallery, London
The Unpainted Landscape – travelling exhibition sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council; exhibited at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Dundee City Art Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery
1986 Land – Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Landscape – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
1985 Second Nature – Newlyn Orion Art Gallery, Cornwall
Landscape Interior – Coracle Press Gallery, London
Land, Air, Sea – Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
1984 Salon d’Automne – Serpentine Gallery, London
Repeat – Coracle Press Gallery, London
British Art: New Directions– Coracle Press Gallery, New York

Commissioned Site-Specific Works

2021 Sloe Lichen Cloud – Installation at Chaumont sur Loire

Passage, a work for  Causes aux Balcons and the community of Villard de Lans and St Julien de Vercors. Situated at Chateau Julien, Vercors,  France

2019 Chamber For The Trees and Sky: TICKON (Traeneker International Centre Fore Art and Nature) Langelande, Denmark.
2018 -19 Horizon Line Chamber, Sunderland Point, Morecambe Bay. A public commission for The Morecambe Bay Partnership, financed by Heritage Lottery.
2018 Tea Stones – Puwak Watta, Sri Lanka. A private commission which is a portal work between House and tea estate with two related works on Paper inside
2016 The Wandering – New Perth Stadium commission, Australia. A 190 m. long meandering Cornish hedge which arises from a stone whirlpool one end and a grass whirlpool the other. The wall is planted and will become a mini ecosystem, while providing spaces within the loops for people to gather, picnic etc. The wall was made by R Clemens of Cornwall.Ponderosa Whirlpool – Blackfoot pathways, Sculpture in the Wild, Lincoln, Montana

Jiri Mountain Tea Line – Jirisan International Art Festival, Hadong, Korea

2014 Carbon Pool – Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Centre d’Arts et de NatureAshland Water Serpent – Milton KeynesSydling St Nicholas -A research collaboration with Kay Syrad for Cape Farewell, working with three organic farms in Dorset to produce a series of works on paper for a traveling exhibition.

The Birth of Energy (Stone Wirlpool) – Neddernhof, Nr Hamburg, Germany. Made for the Siemers Stiftung.

2013 Window on Blood and Water – temporary Installation for Jumieges festival, Rouen, FranceThe Way of Trees, Earth and Water – A site specific growing work for ANU, Canberra, Australia
2012 Mushroom Cloud, Log Spore Print, Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes -Schloss Werdenberg,Switzerland
Rythms in the Heart: A collaboration design on a green space for a David Wilson Homes, housing developement at Papworth Everard.
2011 Time and Flow, Thixendale, Yorkshire, UK

Carbon Sink, University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA

2010 Sky Mountain Chamber, Arte Sella, Italy
Rhine Mosel Slate whirlpool, Koblenz, Germany

Rhine Mosel Slate Whirlpool

Rhine Mosel Slate Whirlpool

Echoes of the Heart – Central Middlesex Hospital, London
2008 Equinox Line – Neddernhof, Bucchholz-Sprotze, Germany
2006 Fingermaze – Hove Park, Sussex
Star Chamber – Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
2005 Redwood Vortex – Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
Turning – Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich
River Styx – Hiram College, Ohio
Heart of Reeds – Lewes, East Sussex

Heart of Reeds

2004 Rivers of Stone and Fingerprint – Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley
2003 Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky – North Carolina Museum Of Art, Raleigh
2002 Time Capsule – South Carolina Botanic Garden Sculpture Program
Willow Domes on the Este – Neddernhof, Bucchholz-Sprotze, Germany
Eden Cloud Chamber – Eden Project, Cornwall
Reed Chamber – Arundel Wetland Centre, Sussex
2001 Yew Spheres – Ickworth House, Suffolk
Coming Full Circle –Irwell Sculpture Trail, Stacksteads Community Woodland, Lancashire
ArtBarns: After Schwitters – Forest of Bowland, Lancashire
1998 Tree Vortex – Dragsholm Castle, Odsherred, Denmark
1997 Hut of the Shadow – Lochmaddy, North Uist, Western Isles
Shimanto River Spheres – Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Coppice Cloud Chamber – Kings Wood, Kent
1996 Cedar Log Cloud Chamber – Okawa Village, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
Wave Chamber – Kielder Reservoir, Northumberland
Mind, Wave – Botanic Garden, Copenhagen
1995 Chalk Vessel – Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Stone Vessel – Watergrove Reservoir, Rochdale
Open Vessel –University of Hartford, Connecticut
Shelter Project, with Alfio Bonnano – Beara Peninsula, Ireland
1994 Tree /Mountain Shelter – Arte Sella, Sella Valley, Italy
Vortex – Lewes Castle, Sussex
Earth Chamber for the Trees and Sky – Sculpture at Tyrebagger Project, Kirkhill Forest, Aberdeen
1993 Covered Cairn – TICKON (Tranekær International Centre for Art and Nature), Langeland, Denmark
Beeskep Shelter– Seeley Copse, Goodwood, Sussex


2018 & 2019  Lee Krasner Award  in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement.
2004  Art in Health Award – University College, London
1998 Commendation, Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
1997 Nature’s Prize: Scottish Environmental Award – a joint initiative of Scottish Natural Heritage; Shell World, UK; and STV North Ltd.
1995-1996 Pollock-Krasner Award


2011 Nirox Foundation, South Africa
2008 Artist-in-Residence – FOR-SITE Foundation, Nevada City, California
2006 Artists and Writers in Antarctica Fellowship – British Antarctic Survey and Arts Council England
2005 Artist-in-Residence – Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
Artist-in-Residence – Hiram College, Ohio
2000 Year of the ArtistResidency – Hastings Borough Council, Conquest Hospital, East Sussex

Public Collections

Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National UniversitySculpture Garden, Australian National UniversityScott Polar InstituteNevada Museum of Art
British Antarctic SurveyHenry Moore Study CentreVictoria & Albert Museum, London
British Museum, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Arts Council England
Leeds Art Gallery
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, University of Washington, Seattle
Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Wellcome Collection, London