THE ARTIST - CHRISTOPHER HARTSHORN
Chris (b.1961) hails from the North East of England, and spent his early working life in the Merchant Navy and on North Sea oil rigs. He moved to Australia in 1988 and soon after began making jewellry and recycled homewares from vintage and discarded objects.
He began the Paddington Market stall Jangling Jack's and traded from there for many years. He also became a regular fixture at music and craft festivals over the years, selling his wares and setting up installations of his larger sculptures.
In 1998 Chris bought 25 acres of rugged bushland overlooking the Hawkesbury River and built his workshop. In this wild setting, Chris has ample space for the flotsam and detritus that he has collected; so that he can curate and assemble their parts into new creations.
Chris' sculptures have featured in various solo and group exhibitions - notably his Ned Kelly sculptures were used as promotional material for the Sidney Nolan exhibition at AGNSW. His work has also been seen at festivals such as Peats Ridge and Big Day Out.
Clients have carried Blocker Dogs back to the United States as hand luggage, commissioned Junk Yard Dogs to be freighted to Berlin, and more than a few Ned Kelly pieces have found their way across the globe. Many local and interstate clients have commissioned bespoke pieces.
Chris continues to be inspired by his adopted homeland's can-do attitude; our larrikin identity, and colonial past.
A passionate motorcyclist, bikes are a continual source of inspiration in Chris' work.
And with Snake and Rosie - the workshop hounds - his constant companions, its no surprise that the dog is also an oft returned to subject.
Chris' work can be viewed at Traffic Jam Art Gallery and Ferry Artists Gallery.
Old Northern Road
Wisemans Ferry NSW 2775
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41 Military Road
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
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