Colour is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.

Claude Monet

Christopher Spaven

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Born Perth 1943
Early years in Boyup Brook. Moved to Cottesloe in 1951. Educated Swanbourne Primary and Scotch College.


1960/63   Studied 2 years full-time, then part-time. Diploma Commercial Art & Design, Perth Technical College


1962/73   Employed as visualiser, studio manager and art director in advertising industry in Perth and Sydney 1973 Formed Spaven Graphic Design, a very successful art studio that operated as a consultant to industry and free-lance art director to advertising agencies for 26 years. During this time, was a visiting lecturer at WAIT (Curtin) and TAFE School of Art & Design. Also free-lanced to the ABC and 9 Network as a courtroom illustrator.

2005    Solo Exhibition- Life Drawings and watercolour, Yallingup Galleries
2005    Feature Artist – Gallery 360, Subiaco
2004    Solo exhibition – Stafford Studios, Cottesloe
2003    Joint exhibition – Xanadu Winery, Margaret River
2002    Solo exhibition – Stafford Studios, Cottesloe
2002    Featured artist – St Marks Art Show, Whitfords
2001    Solo exhibition – ‘Coastal Strip’, Kidogo Institute, Fremantle
2001    Group exhibition – ‘New Visions’, Stafford Studios
2000    Co-artist in residence – Zonta Art Show, Fremantle
1999    Duo art exhibition with daughter Jessica (ceramic sculptures) ‘Lifescapes’, Inside Out Design Studio
1999    Group exhibition – opening of Hellfire Gallery, Esperance
1999    Group exhibition – Old Butter Factory, Denmark
1998    Co-artist in residence – Zonta Art Show, Fremantle
1998    Group exhibition – Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle
1997    Group exhibition – Perrine Gallery, Subiaco
1996    Group exhibition – ‘When the Fat Lady Sings’ Anno Domini Gallery
1996    Group exhibition – Old Butter Factory, Denmark
1995    Group exhibition – ‘Eroticism’, Anno Domini Gallery
1995    Group exhibition – The Gallery of Fine Art, Perth
1994    Group exhibition – The Gallery of Fine Art, Perth
1993    Group exhibition – Life Drawing Group, UWA, Crawley


2003    City of Albany Regional Airport Art Prize 1998  Prize for works on paper, Darlington Arts Festival 1997  Watercolour Prize, Avon Valley Arts Society


Melville Art Prize, Katanning Art Prize and Perth Royal Show


1997   Perth City Council – Series of 7 watercolours depicting the Perth Town Hall in the community over 100 years


King Edward Memorial Hospital
Perth City Council
Hale School
Northam Town Council
Bassendean Town Council
City of Albany
Evans and Tate

All Australian States, USA, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia

Annually and bi-annually exhibits at the following:
Hale School, Arthritis, Red Cross, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Artcenta – Newman, St Hildas, MLC, 3 Boys, Princess Margaret, Army Art, St Marks, Salek Minc, Guildford Grammar, Trinity College and Royal Show


2003    Murchison and Gascoyne
2002    Kennedy Ranges, Gascoyne
2001    Central Australia and Kimberley
2000    Eastern Wheatbelt, Bridgetown, Nannup and Esperance
1999    Esperance, Hopetoun and Murchison
1998    South Australia, Victoria
1997    Murchison, Ayers Rock
1996    Barcelona, Spain
1995    Malaysia
1993    Kakadu and Arnhem Land
1990    North West and Kimberley

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