Fakaalofa atu! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist
Chris Van Doren!
Chris Van Doren is an artist of Niuean, Samoan and Dutch descent. With a background in panel beating, Chris uses his trade-taught skills in his multi-disciplinary sculptural practice, incorporating mediums such as copper, stainless steel, wood and stone. He holds a vast knowledge and skill for sculpting contemporary forms in both large and small-scale pieces that explore his Pacific heritage, traditional forms and motifs, and growing up in Aotearoa.
Chris has taken part in numerous exhibitions and symposiums across the moana, where he has collaborated with indigenous artists from around the globe. Chris has been a three-time finalist in Aotearoa’s World of Wearable Arts; exhibited at Sculpture in the Gardens (2019); and participated in the Taitung Austronesian Cultural Festival in Taiwan (2009). Chris is currently a resident at the Pacifica Arts Centre in Henderson Auckland.
Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022