Chris Bailey

Waiheke Island


Ngati Hako, Ngati Paoa, Te Aupouri ,Ngati Porou and Irish

Bailey trained in the traditional Maori material culture techniques of working stone, timber and flax fibre before commencing his career as a sculptor. Gravitating towards the harder stones of basalt and granite, Bailey developed form-driven stone works in a larger scale while also developing carving skills working in totara alongside carvers of Piritahi Marae on Waiheke Island. Recognised for the high quality of his artwork as a senior Maori sculptor, in 2005 Bailey was granted life time Toi Iho status.

Bailey has extensively exhibited with wide acclaim and gone on to complete a number of public artwork commissions both internationally and nationally with a documentary on his life and works to date completed in 2010.


2016: Completed the carving of the wharenui Kia Piritahi, Piritahi Marae, Waiheke. Huihui, Public sculpture for Fearon Park, Mt Roskill for Auckland Council

2014: Winner James Wallace Trust New Zealand Sculptor 2014 for Sculpture By The Sea Bondi, Australia.
Mata Kupenga, Public Sculpture for Auckland Council at Waiheke Public Library, Waiheke Island, Auckland.
Pou Tu Te Rangi, nominated for the International Public Art Award, South East Asia / Oceania Region

2011: Pou Tu Te Rangi, Public sculptural installation for Britomart Art Trust, Britomart Precinct, Auckland, NZ

Te Punga o Waiheke, Headland Sculpture On the Gulf, Waiheke Island, NZ.

2009: Commissioned by CNZ to provide works for the NZ Room, 53rd Venice Biennale – St Maddalena Church, Venice, Italy

Kaitiaki, Public art work commission, Baselga De Pine, Italy

2008: Mini Masterworks II, Spirit Wrestler Gallery , Canada

2006: Creative NZ exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2005: Maori Meet America exhibition- San Francisco USA