Christopher Bassi (b. 1990, Brisbane, Australia) is an artist of Meriam, Yupungathi and British descent. Working with archetypal models of representational painting, his work engages with the medium as sociological and historical text and as a means to address issues surrounding cultural identity, alternative genealogies, and colonial legacies in Australia and the South Pacific. Through critical re-imagining, his paintings become a space for a type of speculative storytelling that consider questions of history and place and the entangling of personal and collective experience.
Bassi graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has participated in numerous exhibitions across Queensland, Australia, and is currently a finalist of the 2021 The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. His forthcoming group exhibitions include: I will tell you my story, curated by Talia Smith, University of Technology Sydney Gallery, Australia (15 February 2022); Devil’s Ivy, curated by Sarah Thomson, and at Caboolture Regional Art Gallery (June 2022).
His work is held in a number institutional collections in Australia including: The Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Morton Bay Regional Galleries, and Griffith University Art Museum.