Thirroul WeatherboardChristopher ZankoThirroul Weatherboard
Thirroul Weatherboard2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Wangaratta Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Wangaratta
Wangaratta 2020
WangarattaChristopher ZankoWangaratta
Wangaratta2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
91 x 110 cm
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Berry Showground Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Berry Showground
Berry Showground 2020
Berry ShowgroundChristopher ZankoBerry Showground
Berry Showground2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
91 x 110 cm
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Thirroul Weatherboard Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Thirroul Weatherboard
Thirroul Weatherboard 2020
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Thirroul Weatherboard2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Corrimal Weatherboard Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Corrimal Weatherboard
Corrimal Weatherboard 2020
Corrimal WeatherboardChristopher ZankoCorrimal Weatherboard
Corrimal Weatherboard2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
91 x 110 cm
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San Remo Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - San Remo
San Remo 2020
San RemoChristopher ZankoSan Remo
San Remo2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
30 x 30 cm
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Grafton Weatherboard Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Grafton Weatherboard
Grafton Weatherboard 2020
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Grafton Weatherboard2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Grafton Fibro Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Grafton Fibro
Grafton Fibro 2020
Grafton FibroChristopher ZankoGrafton Fibro
Grafton Fibro2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Murrurundi Stopover Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Murrurundi Stopover
Murrurundi Stopover 2020
Murrurundi StopoverChristopher ZankoMurrurundi Stopover
Murrurundi Stopover2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Leaving Northcote Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Leaving Northcote
Leaving Northcote 2020
Leaving NorthcoteChristopher ZankoLeaving Northcote
Leaving Northcote2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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South Coast Fibro Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - South Coast Fibro
South Coast Fibro 2020
South Coast FibroChristopher ZankoSouth Coast Fibro
South Coast Fibro2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
100 x 110 cm
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Revesby Fibro Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Revesby Fibro
Revesby Fibro 2020
Revesby FibroChristopher ZankoRevesby Fibro
Revesby Fibro2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
30 x 30 cm
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Miami Bay Window Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Miami Bay Window
Miami Bay Window 2020
Miami Bay WindowChristopher ZankoMiami Bay Window
Miami Bay Window2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Byron Bay Fibro Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Byron Bay Fibro
Byron Bay Fibro 2020
Byron Bay FibroChristopher ZankoByron Bay Fibro
Byron Bay Fibro2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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South Brisbane Queenslander Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - South Brisbane Queenslander
South Brisbane Queenslander 2020
South Brisbane QueenslanderChristopher ZankoSouth Brisbane Queenslander
South Brisbane Queenslander2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Brunswick Heads Fibro Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Brunswick Heads Fibro
Brunswick Heads Fibro 2020
Brunswick Heads FibroChristopher ZankoBrunswick Heads Fibro
Brunswick Heads Fibro2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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Near Dorrigo Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Near Dorrigo
Near Dorrigo 2020
Near DorrigoChristopher ZankoNear Dorrigo
Near Dorrigo2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
30 x 30 cm
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Mullumbimby Evening Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - Mullumbimby Evening
Mullumbimby Evening 2020
Mullumbimby EveningChristopher ZankoMullumbimby Evening
Mullumbimby Evening2020
Acrylic On Wood Relief Carving
60 x 60 cm
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HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
HERETOFORE Installation ViewChristopher ZankoHERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View2020
HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
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HERETOFORE Installation View2020
HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
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HERETOFORE Installation View2020
HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
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HERETOFORE Installation View2020
HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
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HERETOFORE Installation View2020
HERETOFORE Installation View Christopher Zanko Christopher Zanko - HERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View 2020
HERETOFORE Installation ViewChristopher ZankoHERETOFORE Installation View
HERETOFORE Installation View2020

In 1960 architect Robin Boyd wrote critically about the “satisfaction with veneer and cosmetic effects” he found in Australian suburbs.

In Heretofore Christopher Zanko finds great value in the shifting textures and features of mid-20th century homes. Blond brick, aggregate, masonry veneer, stucco; his surfaces remind us about the facades applied during this period in Australian architecture. As a travelling artist and musician, Zanko photographs and collects examples along well known routes. We see the variance in character from inner Melbourne suburbs to the New England highway or when travelling up the Pacific coast before landing in South East Queensland.

Zanko draws our attention to the everyday beauty available when a contained form is gilded with decorative variation. The homes in Heretofore have become personal markers of life on the road – revisited, remembered and transformed through the act of painting. This work is an expanding record and exploration of both the vulnerability and resilience of this design era in the Australia landscape.

Born in 1992 in Wollongong, Christopher Zanko was a 2019 finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. His work is held in important collections including Wollongong Art Gallery and the University of Wollongong.

Christopher Zanko 'Heretofore'

Townships change. Places we call home can become virtually unrecognisable overnight as populations shift and new industries take hold. Landmarks disappear, and a district’s charm is changed forever due to redevelopment and urban renewal. Bearing witness to this loss of character is artist Christopher Zanko, who sees firsthand these changes in his hometown of Wollongong, south of Sydney.

Situated on the narrow coastal strip between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean, Wollongong is an area as noted for its heavy industry and bustling port as it is the natural beauty of its location. Like many regional towns, ‘The Gong’s’ varied past has resulted in an eclectic mix of architecture that reflects each wave of economic and social change.

Keen to preserve this layered history, Zanko uses his art practice to document the miner’s cottages, beach shacks and art deco bungalows that feature throughout the Illawarra. Combining elements of printmaking and painting, his woodcarvings play with texture and bold colour to depict the atmosphere and aesthetics of mid-century suburbia. An evolving project, Zanko’s landscapes form a archive of the vanishing beauty of regional Australia, and the communities we’re losing along the way.

Christopher Zanko graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University with a Distinction in Painting. He was a 2019 finalist in the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Still Life Award. He was a finalist of the 2018 and 2016 Gosford Art Prize and the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. He has exhibited in group exhibitions including at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Project Contemporary Art Space in Wollongong. In 2017 he was invited to participate in Art Box Projects' Japanese residency in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Carrie McCarthy

Christopher Zanko

  • Born 1992
  • Wollongong, NSW

EDUCATION

2015

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts, Wollongong University

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2022

  • Lost Between, Edwina Corlette, Brisbane

2021

  • Sweet Misgivings, Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul

2020

  • 'Heretofore', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2019

  • 'Stranger Avenue', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul
  • 'A Different Road Home', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2018

  • 'Online', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul

2017


  • ‘Umbra’, Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022

  • Substratum, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, Woollahra

2021

  • Slippin Matters, Tsutaya Books, Tokyo, Japan
  • 93 Bourke & Friends, Ninety Three Bourke ARI, Sydney

2020

  • 'The Home', Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, NSW
  • 'Treading Water', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul
  • 'The Home’, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW

2019

  • 'The New Gallery Show', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • 'An Exhibition', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul
  • 'A Place Called Home', Wollongong Regional Gallery
  • 'Schorcher', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul
  • 'TBD', School of Arts, Clifton
  • 'YMO at Home', Leichardt House, Sydney
  • 'Yours And Owls Stage Design', Wollongong

2018

  • 'Life in Working Art', Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
  • '10th Anniversary Exhibition', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • 'The Wollongong Art Gallery 40th Anniversary', Wollongong Regional Gallery
  • 'On the Aussie Telly', Ambush Art Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Here + Now', Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong
  • ‘The Platform 10’, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • 'The Castle', Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul

2017

  • ‘Surf Cassette’, Gladstone St Warehouse, Newtown
  • 'Home Wreckers', ASW, Newcastle 

  • ‘Xmas Show’, Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul
  • ‘Art Box Project’, Shibuya, Tokyo

2016

  • ‘Gong’Concrete’, Moving Mountains Gallery, Wollongong
  • ‘Vital Signs’, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
  • ‘Locals Lonely’, Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul

2015


  • ‘Xmas Show’, Egg and Dart Gallery, Thirroul


2014


  • ‘Boom ll’, Project Contemporary Art Space, Wollongong

2012

  • 'Boom', Pop Up Art Space, Wollongong

AWARDS


2022

  • Hazelhurst Works on Paper Prize, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
  • Salon De Refusé, S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney NSW
  • Sulman Prize, AGNSW, Sydney NSW (Finalist)

2021

  • Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra QLD (finalist)

2020

  • Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney NSW (finalist)

2019

  • Finalist, National Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
  • Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney

2016


  • Finalist, Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery
  • Winner, Gongcrete Prize, Moving Mountains Gallery, Wollongong

2015


  • Finalist, Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Prize, Lane Cove

OTHER / RESIDENCIES

2021

  • Artist in Residency, Trinity Grammar School, Sydney
  • Rose Seidler House 70th Anniversary Commission, Sydney Living Museum

2020

  • Farmer & The Owl ‘Family Values’ Album art

2019

  • Yours And Owls Main Stage Design, Wollongong

2017

  • Art Box Project, Shibuya, Tokyo

COLLECTIONS

  • Wollongong Art Gallery
  • University of Wollongong Collection
  • St John of God Health Care Art Collection
  • Private Australian Collections

May 25, 2022

CHRIS ZANKO FEATURED ON ABC ARTWORKS

Hosted by Namila Benson, Art Works is the ABC's weekly half-hour arts show sharing the most inspiring, surprising, and formative ways that Australian creatives are telling our stories today.

Namila talks to artist Christopher Zanko who shares how he combines woodcarving and painting.

Episode 10 Venice Biennale, Deborah Kelly

Duration: 27 minutes 10 seconds27m


May 6, 2022

Christopher Zanko and Paul Ryan - Sulman Art Prize Finalists

Congratulations to Christopher Zanko and Paul Ryan who are finalists with a collaborative work in the 2022 Sulman Art Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Sulman Prize is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist.

Christopher Zanko and Paul Ryan's work is set against the backdrop of Wollongong in NSW. This painting is concerned with the vulnerability of the changing demographics of an area once defined by coal mining, steelmaking and allied industries.

READ MORE HERE

PAUL RYAN + CHRISTOPHER ZANKO
Bulli, Rock Steady 2022
oil and acrylic on wood relief carving
120 x 100 cm

September 21, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO FINALIST IN THE GOSFORD ART PRIZE

The Gosford Art Prize is the premier art prize of the Central Coast region, with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $25,000 in total prizes.

August 19, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO FINALIST IN THE NATIONAL STILL LIFE AWARD AT COFFS HARBOUR REGIONAL GALLERY

Still is a biennial, acquisitive award for artworks in the genre of still life, in all mediums. The award is open to artists at all stages of their careers. Still: National Still Life Award seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation and meaning of this enduring genre.

The Still exhibition opens at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery on Friday 20th September 2019, with the official opening on Saturday 21st September, and runs until Saturday 30th November 2019.

Christopher Zanko is a finalist in the 2019 award.

Image: CHRISTOPHER ZANKO 'Sundial' 2019

READ MORE HERE

June 15, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO, WYNNE PRIZE FINALIST, ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Christopher Zanko is a finalist in the 2019 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales with his work 'Bulli: bricks and black diamonds' 2019.

The Wynne Prize is awarded annually for 'the best landscape painting of Australian scenery in oils or watercolours or for the best example of figure sculpture by Australian artists’.

This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Many winning paintings have become icons in Australian landscape art, entering the collections of public galleries, including our own.

The prize was established following a bequest by Richard Wynne, who died in 1895, and first awarded in 1897, in honour of the official opening of the Gallery at its present site.

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March 28, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO REVIEWED IN COAL COAST MAGAZINE

Christopher Zanko’s depictions of classic Australian suburbia and architecture – created through carving and painting – feel happy and nostalgic, as though cementing a time in local history, while also celebrating the beauty of an everyday normal.

“These days a lot of homes and buildings are being knocked down, so the area is not going to look like this for much longer,” Chris says. “It's great to be able to capture these beautiful buildings while they’re still here.”

READ MORE HERE

February 27, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO IN COUNTRY STYLE MAGAZINE

Thirroul artists Chris Zanko and Paul Ryan are featured in the current issue of Country Style Magazine. The article looks at the richness of creative talent on the Coal Coast in the Illawarra region of New South Wales and their deep connection to the area.

February 27, 2019

CHRIS ZANKO IN HAPPY MAGAZINE

Sydney based Art and Music publication Happy Mag recently caught up with artist and musician Chris Zanko to discuss his life down south, what inspires his works and the creative process from the start of a piece to its final product.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

November 7, 2018

CHRIS ZANKO AT HAZELHURST REGIONAL GALLERY

Chris Zanko's work is included in Hazelhurst's Regional Gallery's exhibition Life in Working Art, an exhibition presenting a diverse selection of works from the Gallery's installation team.

3 November - 13 November 2018

September 12, 2018

CHRIS ZANKO AT WOLLONGONG ART GALLERY

Christopher Zanko's wood relief carved work 'Redman Ave Reflections' is included in Wollongong Art Gallery's exhibition Here + Now.

Co-curated by Wollongong Art Gallery and Aaron Fell-Fracasso, Here + Now celebrates the diverse and unique creative energy of the Wollongong region and includes works by Jessica Cochrane, Tex Crick, Ebony Eden, Misha Harrison, India Mark, Paige Northwood, Nick Santoro and Chris Zanko.

1 September - 25 November 2018

READ MORE HERE

March 6, 2018

NOW REPRESENTING CHRIS ZANKO

The Gallery is delighted to announce we now represent Illawarra based artist Chris Zanko.

The streets of Australian suburbia with their red brick houses, electricity pole-lined streets and rusty Hills Hoist-filled backyards provide endless inspiration for Chris Zanko's work.  His carved wooden surfaces depicting iconic mid-century architecture capture a nostalgic view of the vernacular architecture of our suburbs. 

Zanko graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Wollongong University with Distinction in Painting. He was a winner of the 2016 Gosford and Gongcrete Art Prizes and a finalist in the 2015 Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award. He has exhibited in group exhibitions including at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Project Contemporary Art Space in Wollongong. 

CHRISTOPHER ZANKO WORKING IN THE STUDIO
CHRISTOPHER ZANKO 'HERETOFORE' Exhibition Walkthrough, July 2020

7 – 16 December 2023
SMALL WORKS - Click and Collection

16 July 2020 – 5 August 2020
Christopher Zanko ‘Heretofore’

26 June 2019 – 17 July 2019
THE NEW GALLERY SHOW — A Group Exhibition

29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION