Chris Wood’s medium is light. She uses a range of high and low-tech optical materials to harness patterns of light that suggest ephemeral glimpsed moments in the natural world. Her sculptures are simple arrangements creating kinetic patterns in response to the environments in which they are placed.
After studying Furniture Design at Middlesex University in the mid 80s Chris went on to study glass at the Royal College of Art, where she worked on architectural scale projects dealing with light and space. Wood produces innovative installations for gallery exhibition and has shown extensively throughout the UK and internationally.
Chris often uses a material called dichroic which was originally developed by NASA space agency. Dichroic is a colourless material that filters and reflects wavelengths of light producing a huge variety of rainbow coloured shadows and projections.
Her work is represented in a number of private collections as well as the Shanghai Museum of Glass. She also produces work to commission and has created large scale works for hospitals, schools and hotels. She is currently working on a commission for a new school in Norway.
2016 Fendi Fashion House shop windows worldwide including special designs for Paris, London, Milan and New York.
2016 Lade School, Trondheim, Norway. Commission to design artwork for new school to be completed 2017.
2016 Oslo, Cruise Liner Commission to design artwork for central atrium of new cruise liner to be completed 2017.
2015 Royal Academy of Engineering. Wall panel for Board Room.
2015 Allia Ltd: Future Business Centre Cambridge. Commission for wall mounted outdoor sculpture
2015 Soho Myriad-Atlanta: Commission for artwork for Norweigan Cruise ship
2015 Great Ormond Street Hospital, Precious - A Celebration of life, Organ Donor Recognition Commission.
2014 Colchester Hospital - Regatta Donor commission for new radaiotherapy unit.
2013 London Bridge Hospital, Commission to design Light Garden for the atrium space.
2012 Highfields Secondary School, Wolverhampton. Commission for artwork for the atrium of the new school.
2012 Addenbrookes Hospital. Commission to design artwork for the new Rosie Maternity Hospital.
2011 Little Plumstead Primary School, Norfolk. Commission to design and make artworks for new school.
2011 Christies Cancer Hospital, Oldham. Commission to design artwork for the critical care unit.
2011 KAPSARC - Architect Zaha Hadid. Commissioned to design proposal for the King Abdulla Petroleum Studies and Research Centre Riyadh.
2010 Private Commission for Professor Lionel March, former Rector of the Royal College of Art. Light Shower window piece.
2009 Christies Cancer Hospital, Oldham. Commission to design artwork for the new main entrance of the building.
2009 Elmfield Community Housing. Commission to design Light-gathering features for communal areas of the apartments.
2009 Gardiner & Theobold. Commission for large wall panel for new building London.
2008 Arts For Health St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals. Commission for the Atrium of new hospital.
2008 Venue Cymru. Commission for artworks in the entrance area of new theatre and conference centre.
2008 Premier Travel Inn Hotel Cambridge. Commission to design and make artwork for hotel, Axiom Architects.
2007 IPC Media. Commission to design and make artworks for the marketing suite of the new Blue Fin Building London.
2007 East England Regional Assembly, Brussels. Permanent outdoor installation commissioned by the Arts Council England East for the EERA offices Brussels
2007 Golden Square Offices, Soho, London. Commission to design and make wall hung artworks for the reception area.
2006 Wellcome Trust. Commission to design artwork for entrance space to the new Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton Hall Cambridgeshire.
2006 Debenhams Atrium, Golden Square Shopping Centre Warrington. Commission to design an Artwork for Atrium space.
2005 Optical Aggregate. Commissioned by Commissions East for the exhibition “Stay” Great Eastern Hotel.
2004 Luce Colorata. Commission to design Glass and Light artworks for the new Joint services Building at Cambourne in Cambridgeshire.
2003 Ladder of Light. Design and installation of a Glass and Light artwork for a window in the stairwell of the Varrier Jones unit. at Papworth Hospital.
2002 Mirror Installation in the Fens. Nine 8 x 4 ft mirrors in the Fenland landscape. The mirrors visually repositioned sections of the crops creating kinetic patterns viewed by the rail going commuters on the Ely to London line as part of the Lines of Light exhibition at the Babylon Galley.
Corporate and private collections (selected)
2015 Shanghai Museum of Glass, China
2011 Keltbray, Surrey.
2007 Petro-Canada, London Bridge, London.
2007 Candover, Old Baily, London.
2007 Barclays Bank, Wealth Management Dept. Canary Warf, London.
2007 Arts Council England East, Cambridge.
2007 David Polk Wardwell, Paris.
2006 Lord Jopling, Former minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London.
2006 Lala Wilbrahms, Poland
2005 Deloittes Graduate Centre, London
2004 Jack Straw, MP and Former Government Minister
2004 GlaxoSmithKline, New Fontiers Science Park, Harlow, Essex
1988-1990 Royal College of Art MA Glass.
1984-88 Middlesex Polytechnic 1st Class BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Furniture).
Grants and awards (selected)
2005 Arts Council Development Grant. (£22,000.00).
2005 Commissions East Development grant £500.
2004 Arts Council England Regional Escalator Visual Artist: support over two years to develop their practice .
2002 ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambs.) Project grant for the production of new work (£500.00).
2002 Commissions East and East England Arts. Artists Award Financial support for the production of a field installation and video recording as part of a solo exhibition entitled ‘Lines of Light’ at the Babylon Gallery Ely £2,000.
2015 Sharjah Museum Of Art, Noor, Festival of Islamic Art
2015 Shanghai Museum of China, International Science Art Exhibition
2015 Shanghai Museum Of Glass, Keep it Glassy
2015 03 Gallery, Oxford Trignometry
2013 Mixed Summer exhibition. Cube Gallery London & Bristol
2013 Mixed Summer exhibition. Byard Art Cambridge
2013 Contemporary East Anglian Artists. Gainsborough House, Suffolk
2012 Glass Games. The Gallery, Redchurch St, London
2012 Glass Afloat. Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster
2012 The Grove International Sculpture Show. The Grove Hotel Herts
2012 Ingoldsthorpe Hall Sculpture show. Norfolk
2011 Babylon Gallery and Byard Art Christmas shows
2011 Sarah Wiseman Gallery. Oxford
2011 The Grove International Sculpture Show. The Grove Hotel Herts
2011 Mixed Winter show. Woolff Gallery, London
2011 Mixed Winter show. Byard Art Cambridge
2011 Smörgåsbord GX Gallery. London
2009 Mixed summer shows. Woolff Gallery London and Byard Art Cambridge
2008 Glass Art. Plumbline Gallery St. Ives, Cornwall
Annual Art Fairs. London, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan, Singapore
2016 Galeria dos Prazeres, Madeira
2015 Shanghai Museum of Glass, China
2012 Babylon Gallery, Ely
2010 The Print House Gallery Dalston, London
Media and publications (selected)
2014 My Modern Met http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/chris-wood-glass-art?context=tag-chris+wood
2011 Artslant Review of British Galleries showing at Art Chicago 2011 by Joel Kuennen, http://la.artslant.com/chi/articles/show/23151
2010 British Art Now by Jacob Sutton, consultant to Royal Academy of Arts London
2010 Big Issue: Article on Print house gallery exhibition
2006 Delloittes Annual Review front cover image
2006 Colours in Architecture: Book on Architectural Glass Art, by Andrew Moore
2002 Frame Magazine International design magazine. Image and review relating to Pattern Crazy
2002 Guardian Guide Image on the front page of listings section
2002 London Evening Standard, Homes and Property section, Image in feature on Pattern Crazy
2002 (a-n) For Artists, feature with image on ‘Lines of Light’ Exhibition
2002 BBC Look East, Weather Pictures
2001 Crafts Council ‘Bulletin Touring exhibition guide (Full page image)
2001 Night Waves BBC Radio 3, feature on the cultural identity of East Anglia
1999 New Glass Review International publication