Chris Bond’s practice involves the invention and embodiment of fictional artists, writers, organisations and scenarios that assist with the creative act. In his painting practice, the process finds an end in the form of painted facsimiles of imagined books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and correspondence. Within institutional settings, his installations adopt the conventions of museum display to convey unlikely, often fantastic narratives. In each of these forms, Bond combines identity fabrication and closely-worked detail in order to play with knowledge and perception.
Bond completed a PhD (Fine Arts) in 2018 and a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Art) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Bond won the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2013 and the BalletLab McMahon Art Award 2017, and was a finalist in The Archibald Prize 2016. Bond’s work was curated into the Adelaide Biennial, 2017 and The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney 2017. International exhibitions include Art Basel Hong Kong 2017 and After Art Space, Instanbul, Turkey 2017.
His work is held in institutional collections including National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, Bendigo Art Gallery, Monash University, RMIT and Shepparton Regional Art Gallery.