Born in the industrial heart of Northern England, just a few weeks before D-Day 1944, Chris grew up during the grim years of post-war austerity. His art education started in 1955 when he gained entry to an exclusive Junior Art School. This fast-track to Art College was a privilege given only to 24 students a year.
His illustrative work today has a direct link to his time as an art student in Yorkshire and demonstrates the benefit of 5 years’ rigorous training, exposure to art history, great galleries and exceptional teaching during the early 60s.
Full-time study and a competitive environment , both in Art College and the challenging world of London advertising , were pre-cursors to a successful 35 year freelance career in both UK and WA.
THE HARD YARDS
An appetite for hard work comes naturally to the kid who did it tough in post-war England, as evidenced by the volume and quality of work Chris still produces from his Margaret River studio.
SO WHAT MAKES HIM TICK?
“My drawing allows me the opportunity to explore, observe, comment and criticise. My subject matter ranges over history, landscape, industry, poetry and the follies of man. I draw with a passion for the past, a devotion to detail and a keen eye for the faintly ridiculous”.