Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory
Chris Pole b. 1977 New Zealand Chris Pole’s painted landscapes present curious alternate realities. Photorealistic representation is juxtaposed with one-dimensional shading to create mesmeric geometry. His work has been described as ‘visually arresting but essentially enigmatic’ – like a frame snipped from an Italian neo-realist film. Fences, bridges and fallen trees – often featuring in the foreground of Pole’s paintings, seeming to prevent too great a human intrusion into these unoccupied territories. Pole uses partial phrases superimposed onto the painted scene – words that could be seen as invitations, barriers or simply statements – offering a hint of a personal perspective for the scene, but leaving fuller interpretation and experience to the viewer. Adept at creating emotionally-charged architectural spaces, he draws on aspects of style reminiscent of David Hockney, Edward Hopper and Ed Ruscha to craft potent landscapes of heightened realism and flattened perspectives. He is the recipient of SGFA’s VC Art Residency, and aims to add SE Asian dimensions to his exploration.