Chris was born in Lancaster in 1963 and achieved BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, at Wolverhampton Polytechnic; MA Fine Art at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He was subsequently awarded with a ten-month scholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts Krakow, Poland.
Chris taught art at Bristol for a number of years until demand for his artwork meant giving up full-time teaching in order to paint professionally in 2000.
Artist's statement -
"As far back as I remember I have been fascinated by nature and weather from watching wildlife and thunderstorms and Atlantic storms that role in throughout the year to observing the universe through my telescope, and long distance cycle touring, drawing, painting the Landscape and seascapes. Having this constant interaction with nature has had a profound effect on my philosophical outlook. I view the emergence of consciousness as the universe becoming self aware that there is a deeply profound connection between consciousness and nature. There is a creative energy to the way the sea, earth, atmosphere and artist interact, and light, it seems to me that there is the light of nature and also the light of consciousness through which we explore the world through a dynamic and creative relationship between our conscious selves and reality. I do not view the light of mind and the light of nature as separate creations but as natural phenomena emerging through the natural evolution of the universe and the laws of nature. So I paint the creative fluid interaction between light, sea, weather and mind. "
1980-1982. Ruskin County sixth form grammar. Crewe Cheshire. O-Level Art A.
1983-1984. Mid - Cheshire College of Further Education. Northwich Cheshire. (82-83: Ground Course. 83-84: Foundation Course)
1984-1987. The Polytechnic Wolverhampton. B.A.(Hons.) Fine Art Painting 2:2.
1991-1992. Academy of Fine Arts Krakow Poland.Ten Month Polish Government Scholarship.
1994- 1996, MA Fine Art University of Wales Institute Cardiff. (practical B theoretical A)
1984. Discretionary award Cheshire county council to study Foundation at Mid Cheshire College of Further Education
1985,1986,1987. Three consecutive Shell Trust awards for higher education scholarship awards to study B.A (Hons.) Fine Art
1991-1992. Ten month Polish Government Postgraduate Scholarship
Will’s Art Warehouse, London. Annually 1997 to 2011
Innocent Fine Art, Bristol. 2003. 2004. 2005, 2006. 2007. 2008. 2009.2010,2011
Rainyday Gallery, Penzance,. 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003. 2005, 2006. 2007. 2008, 2009. Aug 2010.
Park View Fine Paintings,. 1999, 2000.
Gallery Tresco Summer 2007. 2008, 2009, 2010. 2011
Miami Art Fair, 2002.
New York Art Fair, 2002.
Dublin Art Fair, 2003.
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