Chris Dury : Biography

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
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

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

2022 

Terra, Art about Earth – Messums Wiltshire

2020

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

2020

Natures Mysterious connections: Mushrooms, Mycelia and Yeast: GroundWork Gallery, King’s Lynn. View
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
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, 2015 McMichael 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 artists
EcoArt – 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

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

2022

The Energy of a Stone Row – A work for Jardins des Arts, Chateaubourg, Brittany, France

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

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

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

Awards

2022

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Individual support Grant given to 20 artists in recognition of the quality of each artist’s work and the artist’s dedication to their work over many years

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

Residencies

2011

Nirox Foundation, South Africa

2008

Artist-in-Residence –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 Artist Residency – Hastings Borough Council, Conquest Hospital, East Sussex

Public Collections

Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University
Sculpture Garden, Australian National University
Scott Polar Institute
Nevada Museum of Art
British Antarctic Survey
Henry Moore Study Centre
Victoria & 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

Photo Nicholas Sinclair 2000

Mushroom Cloud

Fingerprint

Rhine Mosel Slate Whirlpool

Heart of Reeds