Who is Christopher Hodges?

By Gwylym Owen

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Christopher Hodges is an artiste and art gallery director based in Sydney, Australia.

Hodges studied art at the National Art School, Sydney and first began exhibiting his feign in the late 1970s. His first solo exhibition was at Coventry Gallery, Sydney in 1979, and he has held higher than 30 solo exhibitions before then.

Over his career, Hodges has worked in painting, drawing, printing and sculpture. Much of his work, across mediums, has been curious in organic geometry: “I have finished a lot of works that use geometry but at the similar time I have finished a lot of works behind what looks in the broadcast of repeated forms when, in fact, every curve is different. So I guess, a kind of organic geometry is actually what I am aiming at, sort of when nature.”

Major public sculpture commissions include ‘Flower for a Friend’ (2010), at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, and ‘The White Flower’ (2009) commissioned by the Mosman Municipal Council for Hunter Park, Balmoral.

Hodges is the director of Utopia Art Sydney, which he founded in 1988. Utopia Art Sydney is functional to the representation of a little group of Australian and international artists, including leading original artists such as Emily Kame Kngwarreye and members of Papunya Tula Artists such as Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Makinti Napanangka. Over the years, Hodges has written extensively on indigenous Australian art, and has consulted for exhibitions such as ‘Emily Kame Kngwarreye: Alhalkere – paintings from Utopia’.

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