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Christopher Pope is an Australian wildlife artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. His paintings depict intimate portraits of Australia’s diverse bird life, including Wrens, Kingfishers, Owls, Finches and Birds of Prey. Having an interest in the plight of wildlife conservation, he also paints other fauna (often amphibians such as the Green Tree Frog).
Many of his paintings are reproduced as limited edition prints and he has been commissioned to illustrate Australia Post stamps, several of which he has won awards for.
Born in South Australia, Christopher’s love for art and wildlife began early having spent his childhood in small country towns. Although he has studied illustration and art in various forms, he is basically self-taught and is often regarded as one of the leaders in the field of wildlife art in Australia.
His art has been exhibited since 1995 with works now hanging in various Australian and overseas collections. Many of his paintings have been reproduced for fine art limited edition prints and commissioned for Australia Post stamps, including the recent stamp issues ‘Australian Songbirds’ (2009), ‘Australian Kingfishers’ (2010) and ‘Australian Waterbirds’ (2011). Christopher is a member of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Birdlife Australia and Artists for Conservation.
"Christopher’s artworks capture delightfully intimate encounters with shy and elusive subjects, leaving a lasting impression on the viewer. His understanding of three-dimensional objects and their relation to the surrounding space give the viewer a clear sense of being present."
Barry Newton, Gallery Director, 2005
2009, Winner, Australia Post Favourite Stamp Award
2009, Winner, Australia Post Favourite Stamp Issue
2009, Moreton Bay Region Art Award – Finalist / Painting
2008, Australia Post – Winner – Favourite Territories Stamp issue and Favourite Territories Stamp
2008, Waterhouse Art Prize – Finalist, Highly Commended (Oil / Acrylic painting)
2005, Waterhouse Art Prize – Finalist, Oil / Acrylic painting
1997, First Prize; Best Oil / Acrylic painting & Highly Commended, Wildlife Art Society of South Australia (W.A.S.S.A.) Annual Exhibition (Monarto)
1996, First Prize & Best Oil / Acrylic painting, W.A.S.S.A. Annual Exhibition
2012, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2011, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2005, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2004, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2002, Tomlinson Gallery, SA
2000, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1999, Greenhill Gallery, SA
2010, Main Street Gallery, QLD
2009, Schubert’s Contemporary Gallery, QLD
2008, The Waterhouse Art Prize, SA
2008, Schubert’s Contemporary Gallery, QLD
2007, A White Patch Gallery, QLD
2006, Art Domain Gallery – SALA, SA
2005, The Waterhouse Art Prize, SA
2003, Barry Newton Gallery, SA
2001, Tomlinson Gallery, SA
1998, Greenhill Gallery SALA Exhibition, SA
1997, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1997, Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Monarto W.A.S.S.A. Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Burnside Lions Art Exhibition, SA
1997, Greenhill Gallery, SA
1996, W.A.S.S.A. Exhibition, SA
1996, Grandeur House, SA
1995, Grandeur House, SA
1995, Kiwanis Art Exhibition, SA
1995, Wildlife Art Society of South Australia (W.A.S.S.A.) Exhibition, SA
1995, Blackwood Rotary Art Exhibition, SA
1995, Grandeur House Wildlife Exhibition, SA
2012, Australia Post, illustration commission (subject matter currently confidential, release May 2013)
2011, Australia Post, illustration commission (Australian Waterbirds)
2010, Australia Post, illustration commission (Australian Kingfishers)
2009, Australia Post, illustration commission (Song Birds of Australia)
2008, Australia Post, illustration commission (Visiting Birds of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands)
Private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United Kingdom
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