Chris Bacon - Study for Signs of Spring-Barn Owl
Chris Bacon - Out of the Blue
Chris Bacon - Study for Summer Willet - Detail
Chris Bacon - Study for Summer Willet
Chris Bacon - The Artist - Tundra Swans
 
Chris Bacon - Tundra Swans - 2006
Chris Bacon - Flotilla, Detail
Chris Bacon - Flotilla
Chris Bacon - Nocturne (Greater Flamingo)
Chris Bacon - Warm Front (Greater Flamingo)
 
Chris Bacon - Thomas and Alison Beckett with Chris Bacon
Chris Bacon - The Artist and Friends at the Grand Opening
Chris Bacon - Heron
Chris Bacon - The Artist
Chris Bacon - Sarus Crane
 
Chris Bacon - Demoiselle Crane II
Chris Bacon - Marsh Wren - Study
Chris Bacon - Little Tern - Study
 

Chris Bacon

CHRIS BACON
Born: 1960, Watford, England
Resides: Southern Ontario, Canada

PRESS RELEASE
"Canadian Painter Chris Bacon Named Woodson Art Museum’s
2004 Master Wildlife Artist"

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has named Canadian painter Chris Bacon as its 2004 Master Wildlife Artist. Bacon will receive the award from fellow Canadian painter George McLean during the preview opening of “Birds in Art” on September 10, 2004.

As the Woodson’s 26th Master Artist, Bacon will be represented in “Birds in Art” by more than a dozen paintings as well as preliminary studies and childhood artworks. The artist will present a free public program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 11.

In announcing the 2004 Master, Woodson director Kathy Kelsey Foley noted that Bacon’s remarkable watercolor paintings bring to mind adjectives that range from ethereal to meticulous and vivid to subtle. “He simultaneously creates environments that are recognizable yet not of this world. Are they places we know or ones we’d like to know? His birds display an elegance that is rarely equaled and the overall effect of his paintings can seem magical. Chris’s gentle manner and powerful personal style translate into artworks truly worthy of the Master Wildlife Artist honor.”

Bacon, a self-taught artist who resides in Burlington, Ontario, has participated in thirteen previous “Birds in Art” exhibitions. He is represented in the Woodson Art Museum’s permanent collection by three drawings and four watercolor paintings. Whether depicting a basking peafowl or sandhill crane portrait, Bacon’s compositions are meticulously rendered, luminous in subtle tone, and imbued with great love, respect, and knowledge of his subject matter.
“Birds in Art,” on view from September 11 – November 14, will feature more than 120 original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created by artists from around the globe.



Commissions, Awards & Projects
1987
Guest Artist, Ducks Unlimited.
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Supplemental Print Program.
(All proceeds from reproduction went for conservation).
“Waterfowl of North America”.
Ducks Unlimited.

1989
Permanent Collection.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Artist of the Year.

1991
Wildlife Habitat Canada.
Conservation Stamp
and Print program.

1992
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
32nd. Annual exhibition.

1993
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
33rd. Annual exhibition.

John and Alice Woodson Forester
Miniature Collection.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Permanent Collection.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

1994
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
34th. Annual exhibition.

Long Point Bird Observatory and Research Center.
Artist of the Year.
Artists for Nature Foundation.
Extremadura, Spain.
‘European Crane Migration Project’.

1996
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
36th. Annual exhibition.

Elliot Liskin Memorial Award for Painting.
Society of Animal Artists,
36th. Annual exhibition.

“Painting Birds - Step by Step”.
Author, Bart Rulon.
North Light Books.
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Royal Canadian Mint.

1997
“Pintores De La Naturaleza”.
Author; Robin D’Arcy Shillcock.
SEO/BirdLife. (Spain).
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
37th. Annual exhibition.

Permanent Collection.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

“Best of Wildlife Art”.
North Light Books.
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.

1998
Award of Excellence.
Society of Animal Artists,
38th. Annual exhibition.

1999
“Wildlife Art”.
Author, Alan Singer.
Rockport  Publishing.

Carpedia - Corporate collection.
“The Best of Wildlife Art 2”.
North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
“Modern Wildlife Painting”.
Pica Press, U.K.
and Yale University Press, U.S.A.

2003
Permanent Collection.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.


Exhibitions
1980
“First Solo Exhibition”.
Alice Peck Gallery.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

1981-1988
Annual International Wildlife Art Exhibition.
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1982
“Spirit of the Wild”.
World Wildlife Fund Auction, Sotherbys.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Solo Exhibition”.
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontarion Canada.

1986
“Solo Exhibition”.
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1987
“The Art of Survival:
Canadian Artists in Aid of Endangered Species”.
Royal Ontario Museum.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Art for the Birds”.
Royal Ontario Museum.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 12-Nov. 1.

1988
“Sylvan Real”.
10th. Anniversary Exhibition
of the Burlington Cultural Centre.
Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

“Miniatures ‘88”.
Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.A.
“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 10-Oct. 30.
National Tour:
Missouri Botanical Garden.
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
            
Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
High Desert Museum.
Bend, Oregon, U.S.A.

1989
“Views of Canada”.
Group Exhibition,
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 9-Oct. 29.
National Tour:
Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Arnot Art Museum.
Elmira, New York, U.S.A.

Anchorage Museum of
History and Art.
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty
Museum of Art.
Marquette University.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

“Miniatures ‘89”.
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.A.

“Elephants - The Deciding Decade”.
Auction in aid of Kenya anti-poaching efforts.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
November 17th.

1990
“Wildlife: The Artist’s View”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
April 7-June 10.
National Tour:
Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Krasl Art Center.
St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.A.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery.
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
The Cleveland Museum
of Natural History.
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Grassmere Wildlife Park.
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
The High Desert Museum.
Bend, Oregon, U.S.A.

“Miniatures ‘90”.
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.A.

“Gallery Works ‘90”.
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

“Birds in Art”.
(Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition), Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.  Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 8-Oct. 28.
National Tour:
High Desert Museum.
Bend, Oregon, U.S.A.
Fine Arts Museum of the South.
Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.
Rochester Museum and Science Center.
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Wendell Gilley Museum.
Southwest Harbor, Maine, U.S.A.

1991
“Miniatures ‘91”.
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Kenya Wildlife Fund Benefit.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

“The Global Vision”.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Exhibition.
Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 7-Oct. 27.

1992
“Naturally Drawn”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
June 6- August 30.

“Conservation Now”.
Wildlife Art Exhibition, Beckett Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
  
“Miniatures ‘92”.
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.A.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
32nd. Annual Exhibition.
Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
Jamestown, New York, U.S.A.
Sept. 19-Nov. 29.

National Tour:
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery.
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Oshkosh Public Museum.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

1993
“McArthur Beach State Park Exhibition”.
Society of Animal Artists.
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
March 6- 21.
“Wildlife: The Artist’s View”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
April 16- June 6.
“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
September 11-October 31.
National Tour:
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Dayton Museum of Natural History.
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Museum of the Rockies.
Montana State University.
Bozeman, Montana, U.S.A.

“Natural Wonders”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 1993-Summer 1994.
“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
33rd. Annual Exhibition.
The Washington State Historical Society.
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.A.
Sept. 18-Oct. 31.

National Tour:
University of Nebraska State Museum.
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.
The Arts and Science Center
for Southeast Arkansas.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, U.S.A.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
The High Desert Museum.
Bend, Oregon, U.S.A.

“Birds in Peril”.
Canadian Society for Endangered Birds.
Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.  
Fall 1993
“Grand Opening Exhibition”.
Mitchell McNaught Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario,Canada.
November 27- December 24.

1994
“Wildlife Art in America”.
Bell Museum of Natural History.
University of Minnesota.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
February 26 - May1.
‘Sale of Wildlife Art’.
Christie’s.
London, England.
June 3rd.

“Birds in Peril”.
Canadian Society for Endangered Birds.
Buckingham Gallery,
Unionville, Ontario, Canada.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
34th. Annual Exhibition.
Bennington Center for the Arts.
Bennington, Vermont, U.S.A.
Sept. 15-Oct. 30.

National Tour:
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
Colorado, U.S.A.
The Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum.
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.
Salisbury, Maryland, U.S.A.
The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
Jamestown, NY, U.S.A.
‘Featured Artist’.
Annual Christmas Exhibition, The McNaught Gallery.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1995
“Beasts”.
Sale of Wildlife Art.
Guernsey’s, New York, NY, U.S.A.

“Beauty and Biology”.
Bell Museum of Natural History.
University of Minnesota.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
June through December.
“Flight of the Cranes”.
Artists for Nature Foundation Exhibition.
Zeist Castle, The Netherlands.
June 24-Sept. 24.
And tour to follow.
“Sale of Wildlife Art”.
Christie’s.
London, England.
July 27th.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
35th. Annual Exhibition.
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
August 19-Oct. 29.

National Tour:
Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Martinsville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Sangre de Christo Arts and Conference Center.
Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.
“Birds in Art”.
(20th. Anniversary Exhibition)
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 8-Oct. 29.
National Tour:
Waterfowl Festival, Inc.
Easton, Maryland, U.S.A.

Wendell Gilley Museum.
Southwest Harbor, Maine, U.S.A.
“Open Water”. 70th. Annual Juried Exhibition.
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
John B. Aird Gallery.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Oct. 3-Oct. 28.

1996
“Wildlife: The Artist’s View”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
April 12-June 9.
“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 7-Oct. 27.
National Tour:
Dayton Museum of Natural History.
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History.
University of Minnesota.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
36th. Annual Exhibition.
The Witte Museum.
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Sept. 21-Nov. 3.

National Tour:
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
The Neville Public Museum.
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery.
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.

1997
“The Diploma Collection”.
Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Art Gallery of Peel.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
March 12-April 13.
“Flight of the Cranes”.
A.N.F. Project.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
April 12-June 8.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
May 30-July 17.

“Animal Art in the Park ‘97”.
(Living Legends and Young Brushes).
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 28-Oct. 19.
“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 6-Nov. 9.
Sogo Gallery.
Group Exhibition.
Osaka, Japan.
Nov. 8-Nov. 24.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
37th. Annual Exhibition.
The Shot Tower Gallery.
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
Nov. 14-Dec. 29.
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum.
Oradell, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Feb. 15-May 15 1998.

1998
“Animal Art in the Park ‘98”.
(Masters of the Wilderness).
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 27-Oct. 25.
“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
38th. Annual Exhibition.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Florida, U.S.A.
July 1-Sept. 30.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 12-Nov. 1.
National Tour:
Museum of the Southwest.
Midland, Texas, U.S.A.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.A.
Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
“Natural Habitat:
Contemporary Wildlife Artists
of North America”
Spanierman Gallery, LLC.
New York, NY, U.S.A.
Oct. 1-Nov. 28.

1999
“Society of Animal Artists-
Special Exhibition”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
March 27-June 6.
Genesee County Museum.
Mumford, NY, U.S.A.
July 15-Oct. 12.

“Wilderness Reunion”.
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 26-Oct. 24.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
39th. Annual Exhibition.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Sept. 1-Oct. 17.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 10-Nov. 7.
“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Sept. 16th.& 17th.
“American Art in Miniature”.
Gilcrease Museum.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Nov. 5-Dec. 5.  

2000
“Wildlife Art for a New Century”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
May 26-Aug. 6.
“Animal Art in the Park”.
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 24-Oct. 22

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
40th. Annual Exhibition.
William S. Fairfield Public Gallery.
Door County, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 1-Oct. 15.

National Tour:
Academy Art Museum.
Easton, Maryland, U.S.A.

Burpee Museum of Natural History.
Rockford, Illinois, U.S.A.
University of Nebraska State Museum.
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Corpus Christi Museum
of Science and History
and South Texas
Institute for the Arts.
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sept. 9- Nov. 12.
“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Sept. 14th.& 15th.

2001
“Art in the Park 2001”.
Algonquin  Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 23-Oct. 14.

“Art and the Animal”.
Society of Animal Artists,
41st. Annual Exhibition.
West Valley Art Museum, Pheonix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Sept.1-Oct. 15.

National Tour:
William S. Fairfield Public Gallery.
Door County, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, Visual Arts Center.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
University of Oklahoma.
Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Louisiana Arts and Science Center.
Baton Rouge, Loisiana, U.S.A.
“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Sept. 13th.& 14th.

2002
“Call of the Wild”.
McMichael Gallery.
Kleinberg, Ontario, Canada.
June 1-Sept. 2.

“Art and the Animal” Encore presentation, Society of Animal Artists.
National Geographic Society,
Explorer’s Hall, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
June 18-Sept. 11.
“Animal Art in the Park”.
Algonquin Museum.
Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.
June 23-Oct. 31.

“Art and the Animal”.
42nd. Annual Exhibition,
Society of Animal Artists.  
The Wildlife Experience.
Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Aug. 31-Oct. 27.

National Tour:
The Canton Museum of Art.
Canton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Utah Museum of Natural History.
University of Utah.
Salt Lake, Utah, U.S.A.
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum.
Neenah, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
The Miami Metrozoo.
Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.  
Sept. 11th. & 12th.
“Nature’s Legacy: Wildlife and Wild Country”.  
J.N. Bartfield Gallery.
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Oct. 2-Oct. 31.

2003
“A Sense of Place”.
Art Gallery of Hamilton.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
March 18-May 4.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau,Wisconsin, U.S.A.
September 6-November 9.
“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Sept. 18th. & 19th.

2004
“IV Centuries of Birds”.
Clarke Galleries.
Stowe, Vermont. Dec.2003.
Palm Beach, Fl. Jan. 2004.
New York, New York. 2004.

“A Sense of Place”.
Carnegie Gallery.
Dundas, Ontario, Canada.
July 2-August 29.

“Birds in Art”.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Wausau, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
September 11- November 14.

“Western Visions”.
National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, U.S.A.
Sept. 16th. & 17th.

2004- Sept.11- Nov. 14
Birds in Art, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI.



Memberships
Conservation International
Canadian Society for Endangered Birds, Honourary Director
Society of Animal Artists
Canadian Nature Federation
Ducks Unlimited
Kenya Wild Elephant Fund - Honourary Member
Greenpeace


Publications
1989
“Chris Bacon...In Search of Excellence”.
Art Impressions.
May Issue.

“Feature Article”.
DU Conservator.
Vol. 10, No. 2.

1990
“Five Young Wildlife Artists”.
US Art.
March Issue.
“Artist Update”.
Art Impressions.
September Issue.

1991
“Artist Vignette”.
Wildlife Art News.
May - June Issue.

1992
“To Achieve Perfection”.
Informart.
January - February Issue.

“Wildlife Arts Best Kept Secrets”.
US Art.
January - February Issue.
“Pushing the Limit”.
Art Impressions.
May - June Issue.

1994
“Work in Progress”.
Art Impressions.
Winter Issue.

1995
“Capturing Nature Unrehearsed”.
Wildlife Art News.
Jan.-Feb. Issue.

1996
“Chris Bacon: A Unique and Elegant Stylist”.
Magazin’Art. Volume 8, #4.
Summer Issue.
“For the Birds”.
U.S. Art.
August Issue.

“When Subtlety Takes Wing”.
International Wildlife.
Sept. – Oct. Issue.

1997
“A Distinctive Voice”.
Wildlife Art News.
May - June Issue.

“Drawing on Nature”.
Equinox.
No.93 July Issue.

1998
“Suspending the Moment”.
Gallery Magazine.
Summer Issue.
  
2000
Biographical Entry.
2000 Outstanding Artists and Designers of the 20th Century.

2001
Biographical Entry.
Who’s Who in the 21st Century.



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