CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN

 
Portrait by Gautier Deblonde 2012

Christopher Le Brun (b.1951) is a painter, sculptor and printmaker.

Born in Portsmouth and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London he was a double prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibitions (1978 & 1980) and shortly thereafter began to appear in many group exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale (1980) and the influential Zeitgeist (1982) at Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin. He has subsequently exhibited extensively in Britain, Europe and worldwide.

Between 1990 and 2005 he served as a trustee of the Tate, the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture 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. He was one of the founding trustees of the Royal Drawing School, which he helped to establish in London in 2000.

In the same year he was elected the first Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy, where since 2011 he has been the President, the 26th since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest since Lord Leighton in 1878.

His work is in many major museum collections including Tate, Museum of Modern Art New York, British Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Whitworth and Yale Center for British Art. Public sculptures have been installed in London; Union (horse with two discs) at the Museum of London, and City Wing on the site of the former stock exchange at Threadneedle Street. The Monument to Victor Hugo can be found on the quayside in St Helier, Jersey.