After a sojourn into film and television for 20 years, Chris Leaver returned to sculpture and contemporary art around 2006 with a new-found enthusiasm for crossing boundaries and styles.
You can see that this diverse background in film and sculpture gives a great breadth of influences, which he is currently exploring through sound, vision and sculptural works.
Conceptually, Leaver’s work is rooted in contemporary culture and with references to Lacan’s ideas on the Real and the symbolic, he creates a complex narrative drawing as he does on historical influences, colonialism, nostalgia all mashed up with contemporary materials.
Leaver, by using tableaux, parody and surreal forms, by engaging with moments of nature and history- control and entropy creates works which provoke, confound, reveal and, playfully question at the same time, all the while being a pleasure to behold.
1984-86 SCA, BA Visual arts
1988-91 UTS, post-grad Diploma Design Studies
2011-12 SCA, (Syd Uni) MSA (Sculpture and Video)
1986-1995 selected group and solo painting shows at Kinesis gallery and
Celf gallery, Leichhardt and Enmore
2006 Solo show, Blankspace (painting)
Sculpture by the Sea
2008 Woollahra Small sculpture Prize
ACCP group show, Melbourne (painting)
2009 Sculpture by the Sea
2010 UWS Sculpture Prize Finalist
2012 UWS Sculpture Prize Finalist, Winner Peoples Choice Award
2012 Graduate show, SCA
2014 UWS Sculpture Prize Finalist
2017 "Air" group show, Manly Art Gallery.
2018 Kingdom of God, solo show, Vandal Gallery.
2018 UWS Sculpture Prize Finalist.
Work in both Public and Private Collections.