Raymond Ching is renowned as a leading contemporary New Zealand born artist. On the world stage amongst bird painters, he is a draughtsman without peer. In 2012 he was commissioned by Sir David Attenborough to paint the large oil painting that was used to illustrate the cover and foreword of Attenborough’s book ’Drawn from Paradise’.
Working primarily in oils and acrylics, Ching’s works are incredibly detailed with an almost photographic quality. Also renowned for his paintings of animals and humans, Ching places them in a setting that defies the very realism for which he is known.
In 2010 Ching ventured into the genre of graphic novels with the first publication, by David Bateman Publishing, ‘Aesop’s Kiwi Fables-Paintings’ by Ray Ching. This publication accompanied the first of two exhibitions at ARTIS Gallery. In 2014, ‘Dawn Chorus‘ was published (also by Bateman Publishing) and accompanied another two further exhibitions at ARTIS in 2014 and 2015.
Ching’s most recent book , ‘Aesop’s Outback Fables’, is a limited edition, published in 2018 by ARTIS Gallery, Auckland – launched at his exhibition of Australian Fauna and Flora at ARTIS in May 2018.
Ching exhibits regularly in New Zealand at ARTIS Gallery. Examples of Ching’s portrait paintings are held in Te Papa Tongarewa, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Suter Gallery in Nelson.