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wood block monoprint
Tullis Workshop, Atelier Richard Tullis
A master at painting and printmaking, Christopher's work incorporated the essence of both in a printed form.
Christopher Le Brun
Born in Portsmouth, England and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London, Christopher Le Brun appeared in many international group exhibitions, such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin (1982). He became recognized as one of the leading young European painters. His work challenged the dominant and prescriptive influence of academic modernism. Central to his approach is a conviction in the power and problematic nature of imagery in painting, the potency of national traditions, particularly in his case English Romanticism, and the re-exploration of history, myth and symbolism as legitimate and natural subjects for ambitious painting. His work has been frequently connected with the Neo- Expressionists in Germany, the Transavanguardia in Italy, and new image painting in the USA.
Between 1990 and 2003, Le Brun served as a trustee of the Tate and subsequently of the National Gallery, a period which saw his involvement in the radical development of Tate at Bankside, Liverpool and St. Ives, as well as the master plan and re-development of the east wing of the National Gallery. He is a former trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, a founding Trustee of the Prince’s Drawing School, and serving Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. He was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011, the youngest since Lord Leighton in 1878.
Le Brun is the recipient of numerous distinctions and awards. Among others, he participated in the Venice Biennale in 1982 and received the prestigious John Moores Prize in 1978 and 1980. In 2010, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of the Arts, London. Le Brun’s works are included in museum collections worldwide, including: British Museum, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Tate Gallery, London, UK; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT.
Christopher Le Brun lives and works in London.