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b. 1951, United Kingdom

Christopher Le Brun Biography

Christopher Le Brun trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London he appeared early on in many group exhibitions, such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, and from 1980 on, in many solo exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. He was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibitions in 1978 and 1980 and worked in Berlin during 1987-88 as guest of the DAAD artist’s programme. Between 1990 and 2003 he served as a trustee of the Tate and subsequently of the National Gallery, a period which saw his involvement in the radical developments of Tate at Bankside, Liverpool and St. Ives as well as the masterplan and re-development of the east wing of the National Gallery. In recent years he has been a trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Prince’s Drawing School, which he helped to establish in 2000. In the same year he was elected Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy. 

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At a time when artists frequently use traditional modes or quotations in a spirit of irony, the repertoire of motifs with which his work is especially associated makes patent his strong attachment to the imagery and emotional address of Romanticism and Symbolism. His paintings ask us to attend not only to the compelling imagery he employs, but also to the poetic and structural processes through which it is made visible. He was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. He is the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.

— Profile courtesy of Royal Drawing School, London

Christopher Le Brun Featured Artworks

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The Mind's Weather by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunThe Mind's Weather, 2020Oil on two canvases
120 x 220 x 3 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Woodlines VII by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunWoodlines VII, 2019Oil on canvas
75.1 x 105.3 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
The Madness of Tristram by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunThe Madness of Tristram, 2018Oil on canvas
220.5 x 170 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Hold by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunHold, 2017Oil on canvas
220.5 x 170 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Ideas of March VII by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunIdeas of March VII, 2019Series of 6 woodcuts
25.5 x 21 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Ideas of March VI by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunIdeas of March VI, 2019Series of 4 woodcuts
25.5 x 21 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Ideas of March V by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunIdeas of March V, 2019Series of 6 woodcuts
21 x 35.5 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Ideas of March IV by Christopher Le Brun contemporary artwork
Christopher Le BrunIdeas of March IV, 2019Series of 6 woodcuts
25.5 x 21 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery

Christopher Le Brun Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Presentation, Selected works in London at Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
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8 December 2020–12 January 2021 Group Presentation Selected works in London Lisson GalleryBell Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Christopher Le Brun, Diptychs at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai
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6 November 2019–28 March 2020 Christopher Le Brun Diptychs Lisson GalleryShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Christopher Le Brun, New Painting at Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London
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4 July–18 August 2018 Christopher Le Brun New Painting Lisson GalleryLisson Street, London

Christopher Le Brun Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, East Hampton, New York, Shanghai
Paragon contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Paragon London

Christopher Le Brun In Ocula Magazine

Christopher Le Brun: A painter of unusual seriousness Ocula Feature Christopher Le Brun: A painter of unusual seriousness By Robert Ayers

Christopher Le Brun is president of Britain's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also a painter of unusual seriousness. His latest exhibition Composer has been curated by Zurich-based art consultant Emilie Bruner. It is held in two parts: at the Albertz Benda Gallery in New York City (until 15 Apil 2017), and at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach...

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