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Christopher Le Brun
b. 1951, Portsmouth, United Kingdom


Christopher Le Brun is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Born in Portsmouth in 1951 he trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career, he was a double prize winner at the John Moores exhibitions, 1978 & 1980, also showing in the Venice Biennale, 1982, and the ground-breaking Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin 1982.

His work can be found in museum collections including Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; British Museum, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; The Whitworth, Manchester and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Public sculpture can be found at Threadneedle Walk, London; the Museum of London, and Castle Quay, St Helier. 

He served as a trustee of Tate 1990-1995, The National Gallery 1996-2003, Dulwich Picture Gallery 2000-2005, as a founding trustee of the Royal Drawing School 2003-2016 and trustee of National Portrait Gallery 2011-2019.

He was elected the first Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy in 2000. He served as the President of Royal Academy 2011-2019. He led Academicians, staff and supporters in the the biggest collaboration and fundraising campaign in the Academy’s history, overseeing the master plan redevelopment with close involvement in all aspects from conception to completion. He is widely acknowledged as having revitalised the Academy’s reputation through its world class exhibitions, schools, and Academician membership.

On consistent terms which Le Brun has made uniquely his own, he has created a considerable body of work in large or quite small paintings, with drawings and many engravings of inventive refinement which, put all together, makes a visible and credible world of its own. An intensity of visual concept in its broad sense sustains an oddly relaxed, divergent and exploratory tension derived from the calculated and extremely variable deployment of each brushmark in its placement on the canvas. He offers us a feast for the eye demanded by Delacroix as the first requisite of any painting before it has meaning. Some of the ways in which Le Brun deploys pigment appear to stem from early Guston and, before that, from the late Monet that we encounter in the Musee Marmotton – but the world celebrated by Le Brun in this use of paint stems in essence from the romantic past of poetry, myth and legend.

Public Collections

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Arts Council of Great Britain

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Berardo Museum, Lisbon

Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery

The British Council, London

British Museum, London

Contemporary Art Society, London

Courtauld Gallery, London

Department of the Environment, London

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

FRAC Collection, Paris

Government Art Collection, London

Hamilton Art Gallery, Ontario

Harris Museum, Preston

High Museum, Atlanta

Ile de France Regional Fund

Isle of Man Arts Council

John Creasey Museum, Salisbury

Liverpool Cathedral

Malmö Doershus, Malmö

Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

McNay Museum, San Antonio, Texas

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

MOCAUP, Shenzen

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

Museum of Fine Art, Houston

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of London

National Gallery of Ireland

National Portrait Gallery, London

The New Art Gallery, Walsall

Nottingham Castle Museum

Pallant House, Chichester

Power Gallery, University of Sydney

Red Brick Museum, Beijing

Royal Academy, London

Royal Collection, Windsor Castle

Rooseum, Malmö

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Southampton Museum and Art Gallery

Southwark Art Collection

Spencer Collection, New York City Public Library

Stavanger Art Gallery, Stavanger

St Cross College, Oxford

Stirlingshire Educational Trust

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tate Gallery, London

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

University of Liverpool

University of Tasmania, Hobart

University of Texas, Austin

University of the Arts Drawings Archive, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven


Solo exhibitions

2020 New Work, Albertz Benda, New York
2019-20 Diptychs, Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
2018 Composer, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
New Painting, Lisson Gallery, London
Dualities, Wolfson College, Cambrigde
2017 Now Turn the Page, Arndt, Berlin
Composer, Albertz Benda, New York
Composer, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach
2016 New Paintings, Arndt, Singapore
2015 Colour, Colnaghi, London
2014 New Paintings, Friedman Benda, New York
2011 Five Symbolic Images, Bronze and Plaster Sculptures by Christopher Le
Brun, One Canada Square, London
Watercolours, Abbott & Holder, London
Recent Work, Galleri J. Aasen, Ålesund
2010 Twenty Drawings, Abbott & Holder, London
The Distance: New Painting and Sculpture, New Art Centre, Wiltshire
Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta
2009 Landscapes, Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin
2008 Christopher Le Brun, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Fifty Etchings 2005, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
2005 Lichfield Arts Festival, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield
Fifty Etchings 2005, Paragon Press, Frieze Art Fair, London
Drawings, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2004 The Given - Paintings and Watercolours 2000-2004, Marlborough Chelsea,
New York
2003 Venice Pictures, Galleria Sotoportego, Venice
Venice Pictures, Marlborough Graphics, London
The Motif Is Painting Itself, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
2002 Galleri Christian Dam, Copenhagen
2001 Works on Paper, University Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
Galleri J. Aasen, Ålesund
Cloud Metaphor, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Paintings, Sculpture, Prints, Marlborough Fine Art, London
The Wagner Series 1994: Prints by Christopher Le Brun, Henry Cole Wing,
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
2000 Galleri Christian Dam, Oslo
50 Projects in 50 Weeks, Fig-1, London
1999 Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston
1998 Recent Work, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Ainscough Gallery, Liverpool
1997 Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
1996 Monotypes 1986–96, Marlborough Graphics, London
1995 Four Riders: States and Progress-Proofs, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
1994 Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Marlborough Fine Art, London
1992 Art Center, Pasadena, California
Muse Paintings, L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
1991 Fifty Etchings, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
1989 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
1988 daadgalerie, Berlin
Sperone Westwater, New York
Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne
1987 New Edition Prints and Monotypes by Christopher Le Brun, Nigel
Greenwood Gallery, London
1986 Sperone Westwater, New York
1985 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Arnolfini, Bristol
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
1983 Sperone Westwater, New York
1982 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
1981 Paintings, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris
1980 Drawings, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London



Group exhibitions

2020 - 21 Rarity Gallery Mykonos, Greece

Jinan International Biennale, Shandong Art Museum, Shandong, China

Selected works in London, Lisson Gallery, London, UT
Love, Life, Death and Desire, Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven, CT

Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art, The New Art Gallery
Walsall, Walsall
2019-20 Brink: Caroline Lucas Curates the Towner Collection, Towner Art Gallery,
Romantics, St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymmington
2019 Gallery 181, with Albertz Benda, 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco
Drawing Biennial 2019, The Drawing Room, London
Taipei Dangdai, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre, Taipei
2018 Under the Night Sky, Albertz Benda, New York
L, Frac Íle-de-Feance, Bussy-Saint-Martin
Selected Drawings from the Richard Schlee Collection of Drawings, Southampton City Art Gallery, Young Gallery, Salisbury
Odyssey: A 35-Year Journey, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta
Evolver, L. A. Louver, California
The Great Spectacle, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Multiple Thoughts, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Print REbels, Bankside Gallery, London; Burton Art Gallery, Devon; The
School of Art Museum and Galleries, Aberystwyth
The Classical Now, King's College, London
2017 RWA Open Exhibition, Bristol (invited artist)
Legacies: JMW Turner and contemporary art practice, The New Art Gallery,
Capture the Castle: British artists and the castle, from Turner to Le Brun,
Southampton City Art Gallery
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Seen on Impact, curated by Wendy Posner, Robert Kuo, New York
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
Contemporary Royal Academicians, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham
2016 Towards Night, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Academicians IV, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
Vital Signs, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Romantic Thread in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery,
Drawings from the Royal Drawing School, Christie’s, New York
2015 Twentieth Century Watercolours and Drawings, Abbott & Holder, London
Segni di Londra, Fondazione Bottari Lattes, Monforte d’Alba, Italy
Don’t Shoot the Painter: Work from the UBS Art Collection, Villa Reale
Galleria d’Arte, Milan
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
5x5 Other Voices, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv
Vital Signs, Clifford Chance, London
2014 Birmingham and Beyond, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham
Beyond Limits, Chatsworth House, Bakewell
Reception, Rupture and Return: The Model and the Life Room, Tate Britain,
Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse, Villard Mansion, New York
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Baratto: Christopher Le Brun and Enzo Cucchi, Galleria Bonomo, Rome
Editions Moon Rainbow, Casa delle Letteratura, Rome
I Cheer a Dead Man's Sweetheart, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
2013 Gifted: From the Royal Academy to the Queen, The Queens Gallery,
Buckingham Palace, London
One of a Kind, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Das Ultimative Bild, Raab Galerie, Berlin
2012 Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East, Katara Cultural Village,
RA Now, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts
Lasalle, Singapore
The Queen’s Artists, John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy of Arts,
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Francis Bacon to Paula Rego: Great Artists, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
The Mechanical Hand: 25 Years of Printmaking at Paupers Press, Kings
Place Gallery, London; University Gallery, University of Northumbria,
2011 Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
Sculpture, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Fine Form: The Horse in Art, Summerfield Gallery University of
Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art
Foundation, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, Florida
Atelier Michael Woolworth, sous pression, à Châtellerault, École d’arts
plastiques, Centre d'art contemporain, Châtellerault
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2010 Modernist Realism: The School of London from Andrews to O’Donoghue,
James Hyman Gallery, London
Gallery and Invited Artists: Annual Summer Exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art,
Henry Moore Etchings and Bronze Sculptures by Christopher Le Brun,
Bircham Gallery, Holt
Scultura Internazionale a Racconigi 2010 – Presente ed esperienza del
passato, International Sculpture Biennale, Racconigi
Layers: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Show, Seongnam Art
Centre, Seongnam
Inspired by Soane, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
2009 Artist’s Proof, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; touring to Wexford, Bristol,
Bray, Belfast and Monaghan
7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, Printmakers Council Gallery,
London; touring UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Rauminszenierungen, Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Dörentrup
Past, Present, Future #2, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Watercolour in Britain: Travelling with Colour, Norwich Castle Museum,
Norwich; Millennium Gallery, Sheffield; Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle;
Tate Britain, London
2008 Hugh Stoneman: Master Printer, Tate St Ives, St Ives
Exacting Standards: A Tribute to Hugh Stoneman, Lemon Street Gallery,
On Time: East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London
Brilliant, Northern Print, Newcastle
Ebbsfleet Landmark Proposals, Bluewater, Kent
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Four Painters, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta
UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s, Tate Modern, London
Fresh Out of the Box: Recent Acquisitions, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Winter Journey, Art Space Gallery, London
2007 Venice: City of Dreams?, Sotheby’s, London
Sweet Powder, Prints from Atelier Michael Woolworth, École regionale des
beaux-arts, Rouen
Hockney to Hepworth to Hirst, Nunnington Hall, Nunnington; Stowe School,
Buckingham; Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk; Erddig, Wrexham; Petworth
House, West Sussex
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Ayres, Frost, Le Brun, Virtue, The Drawing Schools Gallery, Eton College,
Land, Sea and in the Air, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2006 Morandi’s Legacy: Influences on British Art, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal;
Estorick Collection, London
Cross Reference, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Anthropography III, Frissiras Museum, Athens
Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal
Spotlight: Works on Paper by Twentieth Century and Contemporary Artists,
Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta
Literary Circles, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Drawing from Turner, Tate Britain, London
2005 Contemporary Voices, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Spirit of Landscape in British Printmaking, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Drawings 2005, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Gardens of Earthly Delight, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; touring Ireland;
Flowers Graphics, London
International Collectibles, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2004 Wiedergefundene Malerei, Raab Galerie, Berlin
Presence, St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Bestiae Animatae (bezielde dieren), Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst,
A Particular View, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence and Siena
2003 Escuela de Londres, Marlborough Madrid; Centro Cultural Caja de
Granada, Granada
Representing the World, Frissiras Museum, Athens
Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Hope Sufferance: Contemporary British Art in Print, Graphic Studio Gallery,
Christopher Le Brun, Bill Jacklin: Prints, North House Gallery, Manningtree
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Sterling Stuff: Sculpture in Silver, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2002 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2001 Art Works: British and German Contemporary Art 1960–2000, Deutsche
Bank, London
Twentieth Century British Art, James Hyman Fine Art, London
New Commissions, New Art Centre, Wiltshire
2000 Modern Art Despite Modernism, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Recent Portrait Commissions, National Portrait Gallery, London
Encounters: New Art from Old, National Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Landscape Revisited, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Le Brun, Campbell, Oulton, Davies, Raab Galerie, Berlin
Anatomy of Melancholy, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Bronze: Contemporary British Sculpture, Holland Park, London
Painting and Patronage, Faisalia Building, Riyadh; Deutsche
Bank, London
Assig, Kirkeby, Le Brun, Plensa, Tal-Coat, Galerie Vidal Saint-Phalle, Paris
Painting, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
New Work, New Art Centre, Wiltshire
1999 Contemporary British Landscape, Flowers East, London
Light of the World, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
’45–’99: A Personal View of British Painting and Sculpture, Kettles Yard,
Cambridge; City Art Gallery, Leicester
Into the Light: Photographic Printing Out of the Darkroom, The Octagon Galleries, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath
1998 Isn’t it too early for the eighties yet? Centre for Contemporary Arts, Malmö
Kilkeny Arts Week, The Butler Gallery, Kilkeny Castle, Ireland
1997 Christopher Le Brun, Ludwig Vandevelde: Recent Work, Galerie Fortlaan 17,
1996 Christopher Le Brun, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Jaume Plensa, Galerie VidalSaint Phalle, Paris
Contemporary Art at The Courtauld: The East Wing Collection, Courtauld
Institute Galleries, London
A Century of European Prints, Marlborough Graphics, London
Recent Publications, Marlborough Graphics, London
1995 Dialogue with De Kooning, Royal College of Art, London
An American Passion: The Susan Kasen Summer and Robert D. Summer
Collection of Contemporary British Painting, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow;
Royal College of Art, London
Impressions of Nature, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art Works: The PaineWebber Collection of Contemporary Masters, Museum
of Fine Arts, Houston; touring to Detroit, Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego and
Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,
Edinburgh; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven; McNay Museum, San
1994 Accrochage, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Extremes Meet, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Steven Campbell, Christopher Le Brun, Therese Oulton: Recent Works,
Marlborough Gallery, New York
1993 Mixed Exhibition, Marlborough Fine Art, London
De Chirico et ses conséquences post-métaphysiques, Artcurial, Paris
Modern Graphic Art in Britain, British Museum, London
Painters as Printmakers, Art Space Gallery, London
Drawing on These Shores, Harris Museum, Preston; touring UK
Contemporary Prints: Recent Gifts to the Collection, Tate Gallery, London
1992 Des Dessins pour les élèves du Centre des Deux Thielles, Le Landeron,
Centre scolaire et sportif des Deux Thielles, Le Landeron; Öffentliche
Kunstsammlung Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
1991 Melankoli: Nordisk Romantisk Malerie, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
1990 The Reconsecration of Abstraction, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg
The Art of Drawing, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
British Art Now: A Subjective View (British Council touring exhibition),
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka; Nagoya City
Art Museum, Nagoya; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya;
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe; Hiroshima City Museum of
Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
1989 The School of London: Works on Paper, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London
Singular Visions, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry; Pomeroy
Purdy Gallery, London
The Forces of Nature, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester; Harris
Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
1988 Artists in National Parks, Victoria and Albert Museum, London; touring UK
and US
The British Picture, LA Louver, Venice, California
The Romantic Tradition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; El Circulo de Bellas
Artes, Madrid
Collaborations in Monotype, University Art Museum, University of California,
Santa Barbara; Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin;
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Les Années 80: À la surface de la Peinture, Centre d’art contemporain,
Abbaye Saint-André, Meymac
ROSC ’88, The Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
Bridge Centre for Contemporary Art, El Paso; touring US
The New British Painting, touring: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati;
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Haggerty Museum, Marquette University,
Milwaukee; South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem; Grand
Rapids Art Museum, Michigan
Cries and Whispers: New Works from the British Council Collection, Heide
Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne; touring Australia and New Zealand
1987 Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, touring: The Baltimore
Museum of Art, MD; PAFA, Philadelphia; Walker Art Gallery, MN; San Antonio Art Institute, TX; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Norton Gallery and
School of Art, FL; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Centre, CO.
The Golden Thread, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Current Affairs: British Painting and Sculpture in the 1980s, Museum of
Modern Art, Oxford; Mucsarnok, Budapest; National Gallery, Prague and
Zacheta, Warsaw
Le Brun, Oulton, Walker: Paintings & Monotypes, Pamela Auchincloss
Gallery, Santa Barbara and LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los
London/Berlin, Ingrid Raab Gallery, London
Malerei in Europa II, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich
Introducing with Pleasure: Selections from the Arts Council Collection, Royal
Festival Hall, London; touring to Brighton, Plymouth, Rochester, Stockport
and Durham
Art brittiskt 1980-tal, Liljevalchs Museum, Stockholm; Sara Hilden Museum,
Tampere (as Britannia: Paintings and Sculptures from the 1980s)
Land: Sea: Air, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury College of Art and Design,
Canterbury; Djangoly Gallery, Nottingham University, Nottingham
Viewpoint: British Art in the 1980s, Museum of Modern Art, Brussels
Prints, Laurie Rubin Gallery, New York
Myth and Mystery, Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica
Prints from the Collection, Tate Gallery, London
1986 Forty Years of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, London
Second Sight: Biennale IV, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Matière Première, Centre d'action culturelle Pablo Neruda, CorbeilEssonnes; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, Calais; Galerie municipale d'art
contemporain, Saint-Priest
Falls the Shadow: Recent British and European Art, Hayward Gallery,
Tradition and Innovation: An Exhibition Selected from Public and Private Collections in Northern Island, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lambeg
Twelve British Artists, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna
American/European Painting and Sculpture, LA Louver Gallery, Venice,
Forty Works on Paper, Ingrid Raab Gallery, London
1985 Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection, Museum of Contemporary
Art, Chicago
The British Show, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Royal Exhibition
Building, Melbourne; New Zealand National Gallery, Wellington
Nouvelle Biennale de Paris, Paris
Romanticism and Primitivism in Art, Lowenadler Gallery, New York
Modern Landscape, Sunderland Arts Centre, Sunderland
Horses in Twentieth Century Art, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
Phase II, Stadtmuseum, Graz
One City a Patron, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton; touring to
Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Ayr and Edinburgh
1984 Il Riso del Universo, San Giovanni Valdarno, Florence
Arte allo Specchio, XLI Venice Biennale, Venice
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of
Modern Art, New York
Sperone Westwater, New York
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Eine misslungene Ausstellung, Galerie Tanit, Munich
Dessins, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris
The Image as Catalyst, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Artists Design for Dance, Arnolfini, Bristol
1983 The Granada Collection: Recent British Paintings and Drawings, Whitworth
Art Gallery, Manchester
Tema Celeste, Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina, Sicily
La forma e l’informe, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
New Art, Tate Gallery, London
1982 Myth, Bonlow Gallery, New York
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Vision in Disbelief, 4th Sydney Biennale, Sydney
Mythe, Drame, Tragédie, Musée d’Art Moderne, Sainte-Étienne
Aperto ’82, XL Venice Biennale, Venice
Zeitgeist, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
1981 Thirteen British Artists: An Exhibition about Painting, Neue Galerie –
Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen; Kunstverein Mannheim, Mannheim; Kunstverein
Braunschweig, Braunschweig; Bündner Kunstverein, Chur
Enciclopedia, Galleria Civica, Modena
Fragments Against Ruins (Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition),
Midland Group, Nottingham; touring UK
XIII Festival international de la peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer
1980 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Nuova Immagine, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
John Moores XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1979 Summer Show III, Serpentine Gallery, London
Peter Moores Project 5: The Craft of Art, Walker Art Gallery,
1978 John Moores XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1977 The London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London
1975 The London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London


Positions, Commissions and Awards

2021 Knighthood, New Year Honours List
2020 IP Project Board, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Emeritus Trustee, Royal Drawing School, London, UK

2019 Honorary Member, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol: HRWA

2017 Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers:
Hon RE
2016 Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Watercolour Society: Hon RWS
2015 Elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour: RI
2015 The Royal Mint commission sovereign coin to celebrate Prince George’s
Second Birthday, UK
2015 The Sacred Desert, stained glass window commission, Saw Swee
Hock Multi Faith Centre, LSE, London
2013 City Wing, sculpture installation, Threadneedle Walk, London
Elected Honorary Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists: Hon
2012 Trustee, National Portrait Gallery, London
Patron, Turner’s House Trust, London
Patron, Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk
President, Artists’ General Benevolent Institution, London
The Royal Mint commission design for Olympic five-ounce gold coin
2011 Elected President of the Royal Academy of Arts, London
2010 Honorary Fellowship, University of the Arts, London
2009 Wing Column – Monument to Victor Hugo, Dandara sculpture commission,
St Helier, Jersey
2008 Ebbsfleet Landmark commission (shortlisted)
2007 The British Art Medal Society commission design for medal
The Royal Mint commission design for 50 pence coin to mark the 250th
anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens
2006 The Royal Mint commission design for the 2007 Britannia bullion coin
2005 Union – Horse with Two Discs, sculpture installation, Museum of London,
Turner Medal Watercolour Prize, Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts,
2003–16 Trustee, The Royal Drawing School (formerly The Prince’s Drawing School)
Chairman of the Academic Board, The Royal Drawing School
2000–05 Trustee, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
2000–02 Professor of Drawing, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1996–2003 Trustee, National Gallery, London
1996 Elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London
National Portrait Gallery, London, commission portrait of George Steiner
1995 The Parables, Jerusalem Trust Commission for Liverpool Cathedral,
1990–95 Trustee, Tate Gallery, London
1987 Guest, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme
1984 Set and costume design for Ballet Imperial, Royal Opera House, London
1983 Calouste Gulbenkian Printmakers Award
1980 John Moores XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (prizewinner)
1978 John Moores XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (prizewinner)
1976–83 Visiting lecturer, Brighton, Slade and Wimbledon Schools of Art

Winter Quarters
Oil on canvas
130h x 370w cm


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