Christopher Strong



Statement

Are the flowers big or small in China?” I asked my Chinese friend.
No,” she answered.

I was born in Albury which is a small town between Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. When growing up I received little exposure to other cultures and did not have the opportunity to travel overseas. This was normal for a young Australian. My world was quiet streets, open country sides and lonely riverbanks.

While studying at university and particularly after moving to Melbourne, I was exposed to the people and culture of nearby countries. I was fascinated by their stories of growing up and became interested in understanding their values and way of life. I met people who had come to Australia following a dream to have the opportunities I had and who thought my country was beautiful. Some were desperate to stay. I became desperate to learn more about Asia and was very lucky to have the opportunity to travel.

My art explores a transitional period in which Asia, particularly China, is having a growing influence over Australian culture. By moving through Asia I am able to explore places of larger scale and complexity which have developed over thousands of years, the likes of which do not yet exist in Australia, while my art inspired by Australia is more about the beauty of nature and a slower lifestyle. I like to focus on the immense, such as cityscapes and landscapes, and also the tiny aspects of life people often pass by, particularly food and flowers.

By portraying China and Asia in my paintings I have learned to better understand and appreciate Australia, which I will no longer ever see as normal and mundane. In my work, especially those depicting large Asian cities, there will always be the influence of a naïve, young Australian boy.

I can now speak and write intermediate Chinese and have worked in Asia promoting Australian education and have traveled in pursuit of my visual art. My residency in Nanjing and Beijing is the next stage in this pursuit.

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CV

Christopher Strong (studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Canberra, Australia. He worked briefly as a creative writer and freelance journalist before deciding to focus only on visual art.

Christopher's design work, art and photography has appeared in the following publications and websites:

  •  (Sameway magazine), Australia

  • Broadsheet, Melbourne

  • Hide and Seek, Australia

  • The Age, Melbourne

  • Cracked.com, USA

  • Cancer Council, Australia

  • Muse, Canberra Arts Monthly

  • Cascadia FM, USA

  • Hobart Mercury, Australia

  • Various smaller contributions, such as cover art

Christopher has worked as a designer and photographer for the following organisations, including working in China and promoting studies and research into the creative arts:

  • University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Asialink, Australia

  • Australian Defence Force Academy

  • University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Cancer Council Australia

Christopher currently resides in Melbourne and can speak and write intermediate Chinese.

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Residency in Beijing:
60 Art Area,
Xiaopu Village, Songzhuang,
Tongzhou District,
Beijing, China
PC.101118
Residency in Nanjing:
2101, Fangshan Art Camp,
3789 Jiyin Avenue,
Jiangning District, Nanjing,
Jiangsu Province, China
PC.211112
Residency in Hohhot:
Building G5, Unit 104
Yiliaodong International Garden
Saihan Dostrict, Hohhot
Inner Mongolia, China.
PC.010000
Residency in Taiwan:
1st Floor, Zhilanshanzhuang,
No. 37 Lanyang street
Houcuo Village, Sanzhi District
New Taipei City, Taiwan.
PC.252
Residency in Ordos:
23rd Floor, Building 1,
Athlete's Village, High-tech Park,
Kangbashi District, Ordos,
Inner Mongolia, China
PC.017000
Residency in Garze:
Bamei, Dawu County,
Garze Tibetan Prefecture,
Sichuan Province, China
PC. 626401
Residency in Kunming:
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