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Chris Trotter


Trotter’s professional art practice began in 1990 exhibiting in galleries along the east coast of Australia. However by 1994 he found himself focusing on the creation of multi scaled public artworks.

Using his architectural training and knowledge , Trotter has produced works that are innovative and engaging. Not only does he create high impact art pieces, he also has the ability to create intimate discovery works that engage and delight. His works can be stand alone sculptural pieces, as well as works that are built into the very fabric of a building and perform a function.


Since 1994 Trotter has created over 40 public works for government, councils, universities, and developers. Many works have been commissioned as high impact tools for the promotion of cultural tourism.


Trotter has exhibited extensively though Regional Queensland since 1992

In 2001 and 2003 he had solo exhibitions in Tokyo and more recently World Expo – Shanghai 2010.


Trotter states:

“While working with found objects over the last 25 years, I have found myself drawn to, and engaging with a broad cross section of forms from varying industries such as farming, automotive, industrial, marine and aviation.

Certain shapes have provoked different creative responses at different points in my career.

The interaction of objects with nature, man and time, are of particular interest.

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Born: August 1967 -Brisbane


Associate Diploma- Built Environment -Tech.

at Queensland University of Technology, 1988

– 4 years Architectural student and draftsman

– Full time practising self employed artist since 1990

  • Creating public works for Government , Councils , Universities and Developers since 1994

Public Commissions

2017 “Flow” Kangaroo Point QLD.

2017 “Burchardia” -Malaga WA

2015 “Tambo Truck” -Tambo QLD

2014 “ Blumbergville Clock” Town Clock -Boonah Q

2013 “ Steam Fish” Fish Lane, South Brisbane Qld

2012 “ Aquatic Botanica” Hawthorne , BCC Brisbane Qld

2011 “The Great Northern Rail Whistle” Townsville. Qld

2010 “Hooked”Christmas Island Shire Council, WA

2009 “Fire Flame Fossil” Fire Station Redlands .QLD

2009 “Mucker Duck” Mt Isa City Council, QLD

2009 “Rail Rocket” Ipswich City Council. QLD

2008 “Night Life” Footscray Police Station -Victoria

2008 “Power Pipe”- Fire Station Kippa Ring QLD

2007 “Early life form fossil” BCC – Alderley .QLD

2007 “Shelf Life’ Robina Hospital Queensalnd Health

2007 “Industrial Growth”- BCC – Richlands. QLD

2007 “Tail Wind”- Griffith University. Qld

2007 “Gemini” – Redcliffe Hospital .Queensland Health. Qld

2006 “Water Born” – Brisbane City Council- Powerhouse- Tidal work Qld

2006 “Fossil” – Brisbane City Council –Acacia Ridge QLD

2005 “Stagform” – Mackay Botanical Gardens –Mackay QLD

2005 – Four sculptural columns. Banora Pt Community Centre , NSW

2004 “Tap Root” – Global Arts Link , Ipswich. QLD

2004 “Flow Motion”- Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk . NSW

2004 “Brachychiton Rupestris”- Logan Art Gallery , Qld

2003 “Remnants” – Department of Natural Resources + Mines – Cloncurry – Qld

2003“Life Forms”- Mackay Botanical Gardens – Mackay , Qld

2002 “Stream life”- Mayfly , Oxley Brisbane

2002 “ Mr Brown” – Logan City Council

2001-2002 “Pods” , Southern Cross University , Tweed Heads NSW

2001“Frog Forum” -Gate – Community Health Centre -Goodna, Qld

2001 “Attachment” , Access Ed , Coorparoo , Brisbane Qld

2000 “Roo+Joey” and “Rural to Reef” Bundaberg Hospital

2000 “Millennium Fossil”- Bug- Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane

2000 “Frog Pole” , Kingscliff Library , Kingscliff NSW

2000 “Family Attitude” ,Oxley Road -Corinda , Brisbane

2000“Frogs Hollow”-Edward Street , Brisbane

1999-2000 “Hippocampus Whitei” – Seahorse fossil ,Tannum Sands Qld

1999 “City Roos”, George Street – Brisbane City

1998 “Dragonfly”, Bunya Lakes Estate, Brisbane

1996 “The Crazy Chook Machine”, Geebung Railway Station, Brisbane

1994 “Fish Fossil”. Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Brisbane

1994 “Bio-mechanical Pelicans”, on the Brisbane River, South Brisbane

1994 “Bio-mechanical Cat Fish”, Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre, Brisbane



2017 Girt By Sea Sculpture Prize Redland Bay QLD

2017 Kingaroy Sculpture Prize

2014 Gold Coast Art Festival Sculpture Prize

2008 “SWELL” Art Festival – Currumbin Peers Award

2006 ‘SPACE’ Award –St Peters College Qld

2006 Waltzing Matilda Art Prize- Winton QLD

2006 Sculptors Queensland Inc. Conceptual Sculpture Prize

2005 Society of Sculptors- Qld “Out door Art Award”

2004 Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk , NSW

2004 Waltzing Matilda Art Prize- Winton QLD

2002 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Smooth-On” Award- Botanical Gardens

2000 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Green Survival Award” – Botanical Gardens

2000 Society of Sculptors- Qld ,”Peoples Choice Award” – Botanical Gardens

2000 QR Travel Train Southern Reef Tourism Award

2000 Regional RAIA Commendation

1998 Olympic Arts Festival ‘A Sea Change’ Peoples Choice Award – Noosa

1998 Royal Australian Institute of Architects- Civic Design Award

1998 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Landscape Art Award

1998 Stanthorpe Arts Festival

1996 National Wearable Art Award – Open Division

1996 Robina Town Centre Public Art Award

1995 Highly commended at Gold Coast Sculpture Award

1993 “The Kennedy Group” Sculpture Prize

1992 Emerging Art Award for Best Sculpture, Churchie


Exhibitions     Solo*

2017 Flying Arts Feature Artist – Judith Wright Centre

2003-2017 Swell Sculpture Festival

2017 Strand Ephemera Townsville

2017 Scenic World Sculpture Prize Katoomba NSW

2015 Tambo Art Gallery

2011-2013 ‘Animated Steel’ Touring exhibition with Q.A.C*

2010 World Expo- Shanghai

2010 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize , NSW

2007 “Chook Racers and Entourage” – Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery*

2007 Jupiters Casino Art Prize

2006 International Creation Symposium- Brisbane

2006 Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk , NSW

2006 Noosa Regional Art Gallery “Super Chooks”

2005 Woodford Folk Festival – on site art

2005 Sculpture by the Sea –Sydney Oct-Nov 2005

2005 Art Space Mackay – Street window display

2005 Prometheus Award –All Saints Anglican School – Gold Coast

2005 Ipswich City Art Gallery “Super Chicken”

2004 University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize , NSW

2004 Casuarina Beach Sculpture Walk , NSW

2004 Logan City Art Gallery- Logan*

2002-2003 New Otani Hotel -Tokyo*

2002 21st Century Chairs – BCC Art Gallery

2001 Spiral Building ,Tokyo*

2001 Strand Ephemera , Townsville

2000 Riverside Centre, Brisbane

1998 Olympic Arts Festival ‘A Sea Change’ Noosa

1998 Hyatt Regency, Coolum*

1988, 1993, 1994,1997 Logan Art Award+ Solo Logan Art Gallery*

1997 Brisbane City Council

1995 Zero 1. Exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery

1995 Grand Orbit Gallery, Brisbane*

1995 Gold Coast Sculpture Award

1994 Satellite Sculpture Project, Brisbane

1994,1998 Stanthorpe Regional Gallery,

1993 Gold Coast City Council Gallery*

1993 Cintra House Galleries, Brisbane*

1993, 94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,02,03 Queensland Sculptors Society Exhibitions

1992 Conrad Jupiters Casino Art Prize Exhibition



Redlands Shire Council

Scenic Rim Council

Blackall/Tambo Council

Townsville City Council

Christmas Island Shire Council

Griffith University

Mt Isa City Council

Queensland State Government

Brisbane City Council

Waltzing Matilda Museum- Winton

Gold Coast City Council

Ipswich City Council

Logan Shire Council

Redbank Plaza Shopping Centre

Stanthorpe Shire Council

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Tweed Shire Council , NSW

Bundaberg Hospital

Gladstone Shire Council

Queensland University

Southern Cross University

Mackay City Council

Casuarina Beach


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