Christiane Pooley feels her way through memory and history as she paints. Landscape predominates throughout, tender with complex events and bodies, unresolved tensions held by a very particular quality of light.
Part dream, part documentary, Pooley’s work situates the viewer in a hazy place. We are not quite sure where we are grounded. Layers of time—past and present—softly conjoin, collaborate, trouble one another. We absorb these relations via a certain visual resonance, through repeated scenes, studies in the passage of time.
Her paintings hold a deep relation to Romanticism, combined with a contemporary sense for the politics of place, of mutable perspectives, simultaneities and dissonances. Pooley learns as she paints and continues to offer us a slow dance with the sublime, the melancholy and the political.
Pooley has a BA Fine Arts from Universidad Católica, Santiago, CL and a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Art, London, UK. She is the recipient of awards and residencies, including ADAGP Grant for first monograph, Paris, FR (2017); Artist in Residence, Plataforma Atacama, CL (2014); Artist in Residence, KinoKino, Sandnes, NO (2013); Artist in Residence, Camac, FR (2012) and was awarded the Unesco Aschberg Bursaries for Artists (2011), among others.
Solo exhibitions include: Landscapes Beneath, Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, FR (2018); La forêt est là et me regarde, Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporain, Paris, FR (2016); Los bordes del mundo, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, CL (2015); Promised Lands, Kunstforening, Sandnes, NO (2015); On Belief, Summa Solo Project, Madrid, ES (2013); Inside Out, Galerie Esther Donatz, Múnich, DE (2012); Atrapados en lo desconocido, Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago, CL (2010); I also ask myself, New Galerie de France, Paris, FR (2008).
Recent group exhibitions include: The World Without Us, APT Gallery, London, GB (2019); Gallery Show, Gallery 38, Tokyo, JP (2018); …avec elles, Galerie de France, Paris, FR (2018); The Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London, GB (2016); A invenção da praia, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, BR (2014); Sub 30, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC, Santiago, CL (2014); Künstlerliaison, Munikat, Múnich, DE (2014); The Hamsterwheel, Arsenale di Venezia, Venice, IT (2007); Xhibit 06, The Arts Gallery, London, GB (2006), among others.
Christiane Pooley lives and works in Paris, France.