Artist Biography

1947

Criss Canning is one of Australia’s leading still life artists. Born in Melbourne in 1947, Canning studied graphic art at the Swinburne Technical College while simultaneously enrolled at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1965 to study art. Although praised for her skill in botanical painting, Canning left RMIT and enrolled in evening art classes at artist Max Middleton’s Collins Street studio.

In 1982, her first solo exhibition was held at Fiveways Gallery in Melbourne. Following this success she had her first exhibition the Melbourne Art Exchange in 1983. In January 1986, Canning left for Europe, first living and painting in Greece before travelling to Amsterdam and Paris later in the year. She returned to Australia in October for her fourth exhibition with the Melbourne Art Exchange entitled Impressions of Greece.

The following years saw many of Canning’s works included in important exhibitions including the 1988 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1988) and Outstanding Oils & Works on Paper (Gould Galleries, Hong Kong, 1992). In 1999 Margaret Olley purchased Waratah in a Green Jug and donated it to the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This was the first time a work by Canning entered a public gallery. Canning’s works in the late 1990s and early 2000s are highly influenced by her love of Japanese art and the geometric designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Her work became increasingly sought after and in 2002 Dame Elisabeth Murdoch opened a solo exhibition at Gould Galleries in South Yarra. In 2007, the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery organised a retrospective exhibition titled ‘Kalianthi: The Art of Criss Canning. The exhibition broke all previous attendance records (22,700 people). Canning has held 17 solo exhibitions at leading art galleries (most of them sell-out shows) in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Her works are included in major collections in galleries across Australia and overseas. You can find out more about Canning here. Berkeley Editions Fine Art sources Criss Canning art for sale and Criss Canning limited edition prints.

2016 Mossgreen Galleries, Melbourne, ‘New Works from the Studio’
2013 Savill Gallery, Sydney
2013 Savill Gallery, Sydney
2012 Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2010 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2008 Metro 5, Melbourne
2007 Major Retrospective, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2007 Major Retrospective, Ballarat Regional Gallery, Victoria
2006 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
2004 Gould Galleries, Sydney
2002 Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2001 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
1999 ‘Recent Works’, Gould Galleries, Sydney
1998 ‘Reflecting on Still Life’, Gould Galleries, Sydney
1995 ‘In and Around Burnside’, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
1991 Melbourne Fine Art Gallery
1987, 89 Melbourne Art Exchange
1986 ‘Impressions of Greece’, Melbourne Art Exchange
1983, 84, 85 Melbourne Art Exchange
1983 Hut Gallery, Victoria
1982 Kalorama Gallery, Victoria
2014 Artists Inspired by Nature, Savill Gallery, Sydney
2013 Castlemaine Gallery Print Exhibition
2008 Contemporary Gallery Artists – Browse & Darby – London
2007 ‘Christmas Show’ – Browse & Darby – London
2006 Director’s Choice 2006, Gould Galleries, Melbourne,
2005 Delshan Gallery, Melbourne, March 2005 Swinburne Eclectics Exhibition
2005 Director’s Choice 2005, Gould Galleries, Melbourne,
Gould Galleries, Sydney,
2002 Favourites, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart Selections,
S.H. Irvin Gallery, Sydney
1996 The Blooming Exhibition, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
1995 There’s Still Life, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
1993 Australian Women Artists, Melbourne Fine Art Gallery
1992 Melbourne Fine Art Gallery
1992 Australian Women Artists, Melbourne Fine Art Gallery
1991-96 A.M.E. Bale Award Exhibition (prize awarded)
1991-97 Gould Galleries, Hong Kong
1991-98 Views and Vision, Greenhill Galleries, South Australia
1990 Australian Flower Paintings 1890-1990
Trevor Bussell Gallery, Sydney
1987, 88 Melbourne Art Exchange
1987 Doug Moran Award (finalist)
National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Castlemaine Art Gallery
Cairns Art Gallery
Artbank
Private collections in United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, France, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning illustrated program, 2014
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning illustrated program, 2013
Margaret Burin, ‘The Pursuit of Perfection: Criss Cannings flourishing love affair with painting’, ABC Radio, 30 April 2012
Holly Kerr-Foryth, ‘Pretty as a picture’, The Australian, 1 May 2012
Denise Gadd, ‘Artistic fusion in full bloom’, The Age, 21 April 2012
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning Illustrated program 2012
Jeff Makin, ‘Critical Moments’, Macmillan Art Publishing, 2011
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning Illustrated program, 2011
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning illustrated program, 2010
Criss Canning Mcmillan Mini Art Book #9, Ken McGregor & Jenny Zimmer, Macmillan Art Publishing 2010
West Green House Opera, U.K. Criss Canning illustrated program, 2009
2008 Banksia’s – Kevin Collins, Kathy Collins & Alex George.  Cc – Illustration P.69 –
‘Winter Banksia’  Published ‘Blooming Books’.
2nd Revised edition ‘The Pursuit of Beauty’ 2008
‘The Pursuit of Beauty’– the Art of Criss Canning – monograph by David Thomas.  Published by Macmillan Art Publishing 2007
A.B.C. Arts Program – ‘Artworks’ – Presenter Amanda Smith. March 2007 & December 2007
Sasha Grishin – ‘Stepping out of the Shadows’ – Canberra Times – 28th July 2007
Art Almanac, ‘The Phoenix Tray’, featured on the cover, May 2004.
Z. Crawthorne ‘Blossoming Talent’, Herald Sun, Melbourne, 16 November 2002, p.12
R. Yallop, ‘Outcasts You Can Live With’, The Australian, 25 October 2002, p.15
G. Auty, ‘Review’, The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, October 2001.
S. McLean, ‘Beautiful Career is Blooming’, The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, October 2001
E. Yammin, ‘The Face’, The Australian, March 2001
A. Clabburn, Australian Garden History Journal (cover illustration & article)
C. Maddocks, ‘Picture This’, The Age, Good Weekend, 30 October 1999
‘Kunspen Down Under’ Hrymfaxe, Denmark, June 1998, pp.10-11.
A. Clabburn, ‘Quilting with Daylight’, catalogue essay, Gould Galleries, 29 May 1998
‘Still Life, With Garden’ The Australian Gardener, January/February 1998
S. Pascoe, ‘Criss Canning’, Art and Antiques, December, 1996
‘An Artist in the Garden’ Australian Garden Journal, Spring 1995
L. Landy, ‘Garden Artistry’, Australian Country Style, June 1995
E. Hamilton & J. Livingstone, Form and Feeling, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne, 1990 (cover illustration)
P. Shrubb, Living Alone, Hale & Ironmonger, Australia 1989 (cover illustration)
P. Williams, ‘Pushing Colour to the Limit’, Business Review Weekly, October 1989
‘Painting Still Life Oils in Colours that Sing’, Australian Artist, August 1988