After leaving Canterbury University, Christchurch N.Z. in 1968, Chris Booth branched out to study with various sculptors in Europe that include Dame Barbara Hepworth, Denis Mitchell and John Milne in St. Ives, Cornwall, England and Quinto Ghermandi in Verona, Italy.
For over 40 years he has participated in numerous land art projects in New Zealand and internationally in England, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the Canary Islands. Many of these projects are very large public commissions.
Chris has a profound interest in developing a creative language that involves deeply meaningful relationships with landforms, flora and fauna. Social history is a key factor that informs his work. Paramount is engagement with the wider local community, in particular indigenous communities where he can.
“Having the privilege of working on broad and often visionary projects with diverse cultures in many countries over many years has allowed me to develop meaningful principles for making my land art. The underlying most important principle of all has been to create work that promotes a sense of balance, harmony and respect for our precious earth and all that lives on her.”
(From Woven Stone, by Chris Booth, published 2007.)