Judging Panel 2019: CHRIS DENOVAN


The StateoftheART Gallery Award Judging Panel consists of respected professionals engaged in different spheres of contemporary art who bring academic, artistic and curatorial experience to the judging process.



Contemporary artist and 'big weirdo'.

Christopher Denovan was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1983. In 2005 he graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Majoring in Painting and Printmaking) from the Ruth Prowse School of Art. Chris then went on to study at The Animation School in 2006 and graduated with two official certificates in Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max, respectively. He also went on to win The Best Concept Characters Prize during his time at The Animation School. His experience in animation would subsequently have a significant impact in his approach to art.
In 2011 Chris began to focus on fine art and started his painting career. He has gone on to hold five successful solo shows and exhibited in various group shows in South Africa at galleries including StateoftheART, 99 Loop Gallery, Art In The Yard, The Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery and The Irma Stern Museum amongst others.
In 2014 Chris was short-listed in the Vuleka Competition for his portrait titled Kouros, and in 2017 he was selected as a finalist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.