Chris Anderson is an award winning Australian-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. He is renowned for founding the Ecto Handplanes bodysurfing product/brand and his epic 1000 Surfboard Graveyard project.
Chris has created artwork and design for a number of organisations, brands, and events such as; Bundanon Trust, Visual Energy, Wollongong Art Gallery, Yours & Owls, Taronga Zoo, Patagonia, Sculptures by the Sea, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Beams Festival, Siteworks, Micro Galleries, Project Contemporary, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre, Art & About Sydney, Wollongong Council, Society for Responsible Design, The University of Wollongong.
He also creates experimental audio-visual projections for the Yours & Owls festivals including musicians such as; Jamie XX, Cloud Control, The Living End, Thelma Plum, Safia, Gang of Youths, The Preachers, Parkside DJs, Sticky Fingers, DZ Death Rays, Yacht Club DJs, Los Tones.
Chris's often colourful works explore surf culture, minimalism, attitudes towards waste, technological innovation, patterns, hyper-consumerism, and the possibilities of reusing objects through creative transformation.
Chris Anderson studied Media Arts and Graphic Design for four years.
2010 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dean’s Scholar) from The University of Wollongong.
2011 Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours First Class) from The University of Wollongong.
2016 Experience Spoilt, for 'TA DA' at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
2016 100 Surfboard Graveyard, for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale
2015 White goods wonder, a ZENDER BENDER project for Nocturnal Designs , 2015,
2015 Dump Disco, a ZENDER BENDER project for SITEWORKS 2015, Bundanon Trust
2015 1 year of Nowra junk mail, for Micro Galleries Nowra
2014 Kaleide, for 'Play // Pause', Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong
2014 1000 Surfboard Graveyard, for ‘Australian Life Photography' at Art & About Sydney, Hyde Park
2014 150 Surfboard Graveyard, for Sculpture By The Sea at Cottesloe, Perth
2013 20 Surfboard Graveyard , for 'The Green Cathedral' at Wollongong Art Gallery
2013 Surfboard skewer, for 'The Green Cathedral' at Wollongong Art Gallery
2013 1000 Surfboard Graveyard, (solo) at The Royal National Park, Garie Beach
2012 100 Surfboard Graveyard prototype, for National Graduate Sustainable Designs, The Ark, Sydney
2011 100 Surfboard Graveyard prototype, The Graveyard, (solo, Hons), Patagonia Store, Sydney
2011 What you hear is, for 'What you see is what you see' at Project Contemporary, Wollongong
2010 Chip packet performance, for Drop Shadow at Gallery 5 Crown Lane, Wollongong
2010 Carpark of colour, for 'Bell Jar Graduate Exhibition' at The University of Wollongong
2009 360°, for '360°' (solo) at The Fire Station Gallery, Kiama
2008 Car paintings, for 'Street Art Is Art' at The Fire Station Gallery, Kiama.
2016 Pedestrial Projections, a ZENDER BENDER project for 'Nocturnal Arts' by Wollongong City Council
2015 Sk8 the gong, a ZENDER BENDER film for 'Digital Projections' by Wollongong City Council
2013 20 Surfboard Graveyard, installation outside Wollongong Art Gallery for 'The Green Cathedral'
2013 Rhinos in the rain', two painted designs for Taronga Zoo’s 'Wild Rhinos' fundraising auction
Awards, Grants & Prizes
2015 ‘Silver Award Winner’ at the A’Design Awards for Ecto Handplanes,
2015 ‘Dukes Day - Short Film Winner’, $3000 Panasonic camera for ‘1000 Surfboard Graveyard Story’,
2014 ‘Good Design Selection’ at the Good Design Awards for Ecto Handplanes
2013 ‘Sydney Design Award Winner’ at the Sydney Design Awards for Ecto Handplanes
2013 'Realise Your Dream (Finalist)', British Council
2011 SRD Sustainably Responsible Design National Award - Best graduate exhibitor
2011 ‘Pitching Excellence Award’, $1000, UOW Trailblazer Entrepreneurs,
2011 Awesome Foundation Grant - $1000 Sydney Chapter Exhibition Grant
2011 'Big Green Idea (Finalist)', British Council
2010 'Dean’s Merit List', Top 5% of students in the UOW Creative Arts Faculty
2010 'Diana Wood-Conroy Prize', Best aggregate mark for UOW Graphic Design subjects
2010 'Golden Key International Honour Society', Members are in the top 15% of their University field.
2010 'University of Wollongong Graphic Design Award', Highest mark Major Design Project
2009 'Dean’s Merit List', Top 5% of students in the UOW Creative Arts Faculty
2009 'UOW Travel Grant', $3000 to study for a semester at California State University Long Beach, USA
2009 'Youth Development Scholarship', $500 from Kiama Council to hold '360°' a solo art exhibition
2016 Guest Lecture, Interdisciplinary Practice, Contemporary Arts & Society, University of Wollongong
2016 Guest Lecture, Beyond The Graveyard, Media Arts, University of Wollongong
2015 Speaker at the Micro Galleries Symposium 'Creating Change' in Nowra
2014 Guest Lecture on 1000 Surfboard Graveyard, Media Arts, University of Wollongong
2014 Sculptures By The Sea, Artist Talk on 150 Surfboard Graveyard (Cottesloe).
2013 Guest Lecture on 1000 Surfboard Graveyard, Media Arts, University of Wollongong
2012 Guest Lecture on 1000 Surfboard Graveyard, Media Arts, University of Wollongong
Teaching & Workshops
2016 Youth Installation Design Workshop, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre
2015 Media Arts Tutor, MEDA201, University of Wollongong
2014 Video editing workshop, Social Sciences, EARLS201, University of Wollongong
2014 Sculptures By The Sea, Cottesloe, Kids Workshops.
2014 Media Arts Tutor, MEDA101, University of Wollongong
2013 Media Arts Tutor, MEDA301/302, University of Wollongong
2012 Media Arts Teaching Assistant, MEDA301/302, University of Wollongong
Honours (First Class)
2011 Greened Out: Environmentalism and The Aesthetics of Green Branding, University of Wollongong.