Chris Langlois was born in Gosford, NSW in 1969. He attended the University of Newcastle and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts in 1990, concentrating on painting and drawing. Five years later he achieved the Dip Ed (Visual Arts) from the University of Sydney.
Langlois’ paintings concentrate on the landscape yet one will find no people or a compositional anchor in which to fix the location in his works. Instead, the viewer will be subjected to vast distances and large panoramas that undoubtedly point to a sense of longing. Atmosphere and weather are two main focal points for Langlois which he evokes through a strong use of colour. The aesthetic beauty of the artists work is manifested through the blurring technique, which denotes the collective memory and the unconscious.
Langlois held his first solo exhibition in 1990 at Watt Space, University of Newcastle and has been exhibiting widely since that time. Select solo exhibitions have included Everything and Nothing, Chris Langlois’ Landscapes Paintings, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2002) and an exhibition at the Moree Plains Art Gallery in 2007. Selected group exhibitions of his work have been curated in include Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2002); Great Escapes: romantic landscape in the 21st century, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery (2004); Tainted Love, Contemporary developments in Landscape, Bendigo Art Gallery (2006); ‘The University Collection: Evolution’, Newcastle University Gallery (2007); Painting the Land, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2008); Silent Spaces, Macquarie University Art Gallery (2010); Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2010, 2007, 2006) and Keeping Company, Manly Art Gallery (2011).
The artist’s work is represented in the Bendigo Art Gallery, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Gallery, Maitland City Art Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney Artbank and the University of Newcastle. Corporate collections that hold his work include AMP, NRMA, B.T Funds Management and the Macquaire Bank Collection.
3 May – 28 May
9 April – 4 May
3 May – 29 May
23 June – 18 July