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. 

Commissions (selected)

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                 

 

Studies

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.

 

Exhibitions (group)

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

 

Exhibitions (solo)

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