"My art practice is grounded in my relationship and connectedness to the land and the materials I use.

My intention as an artist is to communicate not only my own story but also the materials' story. When I am working with stone I see it as a living thing. In this way it is my hope that my work is viewed not as an inanimate object but living."

- Chris Charteris 2009

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Born in 1966, Kiribati & Fijian Heritage
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SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1995
Established Te Whare Whakairo Gallery and Workshop, Dunedin, New Zealand

1986-96
Carving Tutor: Northland, Otago and Southland Polytechnics, and Dunedin College of Education Araiteuru Kokiri Youth Learning Centre, New Zealand

1985
Initial beginning of carving career Te Rarawa Marae, Northland, New Zealand, traditional and contemporary Maori carving in wood and bone. (Tutors Ross Gregory, Richard Renick and Don Jack)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011
Group, Laisee - 10 Years of Koru Contemporary Art in Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Solo, Tuanako, FhE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2010
Solo, To the Heart of the Matter, FhE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

2009
Solo, Unlocked, Koru Contemporary Art, Hong Kong
Group, Greenstone Breastplate Kouma acquisitioned and displayed by British Museum, London, England
Group, FhE Group Shows, Auckland, New Zealand
Group, Thrill Me Every Day, The Celia Dunlop Collection, The Dowse , Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Group, isolation, illumination and intimacy, Gallery at Woollaston, Nelson, New Zealand

2008
Solo, Spaces Between, Gallery at Woollaston, Nelson, New Zealand
Solo, Matau, FhE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand

2007
Solo, Kotuku, FhE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand

2006
Solo, Toroa, FhE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand
Solo, Cross Cultures, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Group, Pasifika Styles, Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, England
Group, FhE exhibitions in Shanghai, China and San Diego, USA

2005
Solo, Catalogue Show, FhE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand
Group, N.Z. Pavilion, World Expo, Aichi, Japan
Group, Birds Nest Studio Summer Exhibition, Kuaotunu, New Zealand

2004
Solo exhibition, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Solo exhibition, G2 FHE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand
Group exhibition, G2 FHE Galleries, Auckland, New Zealand

2003
Toki, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Man group show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand
Poutini, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Fusion, Australian National University Centre for Cross-Cultural Research Symposium
Passion flower group show, Lure, Dunedin, New Zealand

2002
Jewelled: Adornments from across the Pacific, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Can you be more Pacific please, Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere, New Zealand
Collaboration with nature, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Holy Stones, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Group show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand

2001
Autumn exhibition, FHE Gallery, Auckland,New Zealand
Jade exhibition, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Group show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand
One Noble Savage Two Dusky Maidens, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Australia
Grammar: Subjects and Objects, 4th NZ Jewellery Biennial, Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Working with the elements, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Waka project, JB Were, Royal & Sunalliance Centre

2000
Turangawaewae, 3rd NZ Jewellery Biennial, Auckland Museum, New Zealand
One Noble Savage Two Dusky Maidens, Lure, Dunedin, New Zealand
Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
New Works Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Summer, Autumn and Winter exhibitions, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Collaborative exhibition with Alicia Courtney, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Group show, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand
Pin up, Group show, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1999
One Noble Savage Two Dusky Maidens, Judith Anderson Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Summer, Autumn and Winter exhibitions, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
925, 25th Anniversary exhibition, Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand
Neckware, Masterworks Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Turangawaewae, 3rd NZ Jewellery Biennial, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, New Zealand

1998
Turangawaewae, 3rd NZ Jewellery Biennial, Dowse Art Museum, Wellington, New Zealand
Wero, Archill Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Summer exhibition, FHE Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Fingers, Auckland, New Zealand

1987
Exhibited extensively in NZ including Taonga Hou and the Otago Museum Real Craft Exhibitions


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

British Museum, London
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge United Kingdom
Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand
Real Art Roadshow, New Zealand
Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Glenn Schaeffer Collection, Nelson, New Zealand
American Embassy Programme, US Embassy, Suva, Fiji



PUBLICATIONS

Icons Nga Taonga
From the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2004

Pacific Art Niu Sila,the Pacific dimension of contemporary New Zealand Arts, Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2002

1 Noble Savage 2 Dusky Maidens Niki Hastings- McFall, Sofia Tekela Smith, Chris Charteris, Brebner Print Auckland, 2000

Master of Arts: Thesis University of Auckland Feb 2005
Anna O’Loughlin,. Reconfiguring, Redefining and Reinterpreting: new directions for Pacific adornment in the work of Chris Charteris and Sofia Tekela-Smith.

Pasifika Styles, Artists inside a museum,University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in association with Otago University Press 2008

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