CHRISTOPHER LE BRUN

 

Biography

1951 Born in Portsmouth
1970-74 D.F.A., Slade School of Fine Art, London
1974-75 M.A., Chelsea School of Art, London
1976-83 Visiting lecturer Brighton, Slade and Wimbledon Schools of Art
1978 John Moores XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (prize winner)
1980 John Moores XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (prize winner)
1983 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Printmakers Commission Award
1984 Designs for a revival of Ballet Imperial (Choreographer: George Balanchine) at the Royal Opera House, London
1987-88 Guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD
1990-95 Trustee, Tate Gallery, London
1992-97 Wagner, four painting private commission based on the Ring Cycle
1995-96 The Parables, Jerusalem Trust Commission for Liverpool Cathedral
1996-03 Trustee, National Gallery, London
1996 Elected to the Royal Academy
National Portrait Gallery Commission Portrait of George Steiner
2000-02 Professor of Drawing, Royal Academy
2003-16
2003-14
Trustee, The Royal (formerly Prince’s) Drawing School, London
Chairman of the Academic Board, The Royal Drawing School
2000-05 Trustee, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
2005 Sculpture installation Union at Museum of London
Turner Medal Watercolour Prize, RA Summer Exhibition
2006 Designs the 2007 Britannia bullion coin for the Royal Mint
2007 British Art Medal Society commission
Royal Mint commission 50 pence coin to celebrate 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
2008 Shortlisted for the Ebsfleet Landmark Commission

 

2009 Wing Column - Monument to Victor Hugo, sculpture commission St Helier, Jersey
2010 Honorary Fellowship, University of the Arts, London
2011 - Elected President of the Royal Academy, London
2012 - Trustee, National Portrait Gallery, London
Patron, Turner’s House Trust, London
President, Gainsborough’s House, Suffolk
President, AGBI, London
Royal Mint commission Olympic 5oz Gold Coin
2013 A film Re-imagining the line commissioned and released by Tate Gallery Media, London
City Wing installation, City of London
Elected Honorary member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists: Hon. RBSA
2015 Elected RI, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour
2016 Elected Honorary member of the Royal Watercolour Society: Hon RWS
2017 Lives and works in London

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Now Turn the Page, Arndt, Berlin
Composer, Albertz Benda, New York
Composer, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach FL
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, Canary Wharf, London
Watercolours, Abbott & Holder, London
Recent work, Galleri J. Aasen, Aalesund, Norway
2010 Twenty Drawings, Abbott & Holder, London
The Distance: new painting and sculpture, New Art Centre, Wiltshire
Christopher Le Brun, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta
2009 Landscapes, Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin
2008 Christopher Le Brun, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Fifty Etchings 2005, Fitzwilliam Museum
2005 Lichfield Cathedral - invited artist Lichfield Arts Festival
50 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
2003-04 Venice Pictures, Galleria Sottoportego, Venice
Venice Pictures, Marlborough Graphics, London
2003 The Motif is Painting Itself, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
2002 Galleri Christian Dam, Copenhagen
2001 Works on Paper, University Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
Galerie J. Aasen, Aalesund, Norway

 

Cloud Metaphor, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Paintings, Sculpture, Prints, Marlborough Fine Art, London
The Wagner Series 1994: Prints by Christopher Le Brun, Henry Cole Wing, V&A Museum, London
2000 Galleri Christian Dam, Oslo
50 Projects in 50 Weeks, Fig-1, London, 27 June - 1 July
1999 Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
1998 Recent work, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Ainscough Gallery, Liverpool
1997 The Art of Etching, Courtauld Prints and Drawings Gallery, London
Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
1996 Monotypes 1986-96, Marlborough Graphics, London
1995 Four Riders: states and progress-proofs, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Christopher Le Brun, Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo
Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
1994 Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Marlborough Fine Art, London
1992 Christopher Le Brun, Art Center, Pasadena, California
Muse Paintings, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California
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 Gallery, Bristol
Kunsthalle, 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

2017 Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle, from Turner to Le Brun, Southampton Art Gallery
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Seen on Impact, Robert Kuo, New York
Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London
Contemporary Royal Academicians, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2016 Academicians IV, Glasgow Print Studio
Towards Night, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Vital Signs, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 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 and 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
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
5x5 Other Voices, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv
Vital Signs, Clifford Chance Gallery, London
2014 Birmingham and Beyond, RBSA, Birmingham
Beyond Limits: Sculpture at Chatsworth, Chatsworth House, Bakewell
Reception, Rupture and Return: The Model and the Life Room, Tate Britain, London (film)
Kips Bay Showhouse, New York, USA
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
Baratto, Christopher Le Brun and Enzo Cucchi, Galleria Bonomo, Rome

 

Editions Moon Rainbow, Casa Della 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
One of a Kind, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Pavilion of Art and Design, London with Friedman Benda Gallery, New York
Das Ultimative Bild, Raab Galerie, Berlin
2012 Encounter The Royal Academy in the Middle East, Katara Cultural Village, Doha
RA Now, exhibition and auction Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy, London Encounter The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts Lasalle, Singapore
The Queen’s Artists, John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy, London
Summer Exhibition 2012 Royal Academy, 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, Newcastle
2011 Watercolour, Tate Britain, London
Sculpture, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Fine Form: The Horse in Art, Summerfield Gallery University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery
Elements of Nature - Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Brevard Art Museum, Florida
Atelier Michael Woolworth, Sous pression, a Chatellerault, Ecole d'Arts Plastiques, Centre d'art Contemporain Chatellerault
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

 

2010 Modernist Realism: The School of London from Andrews to O’Donoghue, James Hyman Gallery, London Gallery Invited Artists, Annual Summer Exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Henry Moore etchings and bronze sculptures by Christopher Le Brun, Bircham Gallery, Norfolk
Scultura Internazionale A Racconigi 2010 - Presente ed esperienza del passato, International Sculpture Biennale, Italy
Layers: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Show, Seongnam Art Centre, Korea
Inspired by Soane Artworks by Contemporary artists, architects & Designers, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
2009 Artist’s Proof, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin touring to Wexford, Bristol, Bray, Belfast, Monaghan to 2010
7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, invited artist,
Printmakers Council Gallery, London & touring till 2010
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
Rauminszeneriungen, Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Dörentrup
Past, Present, Future #2, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Watercolour in Britain: Travelling with Watercolour, Norwich Castle Museum, touring to Millennium Gallery Sheffield, Laing Gallery Newcastle and Tate Britain in 2011
2008 Hugh Stoneman: The Printmaker’s Studio, Tate St Ives, Cornwall
Exacting Standards a tribute to Hugh Stonman, master printer 1947-2005, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall
On Time, Courtauld Institute East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London
Brilliant, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Buren, Deacon, Le Brun, Wallinger, Whiteread, Ebbsfleet Landmark Proposals, Bluewater, Kent
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
Four Painters, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta
UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980’s, Tate Modern, London
Fresh Out of the Box: Recent Acquisitions, The New Art Gallery, Walsall
Winter Journey, Art Space Gallery, Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, London
2007 Venice: City of Dreams? Sotheby's London
Sweet Powder, Prints from Atelier Michael Woolworth, Grande Galeries -Aitre Saint-Maclou, Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts Rouen
Modern Art Now: From Hockney to Hepworth to Hirst, touring to four National Trust houses and the Aldeburgh Festival: Nunnington Hall, Stowe School, Aldeburgh Festival, Erddig, and Petworth House
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
Group Show, (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 touring to the Estorick Collection, London
Cross Reference, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Anthropography III, Frissiras Museum, Athens
Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria
Gardens of Earthly Delight, Flowers Graphics, London
Spotlight - Works on Paper by Twentieth Century and Contemporary Artists, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta

 

Literary Circles, The 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, V&A, London
Drawings, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Gardens of Earthly Delight, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and Irish tour and to Flowers Graphics, London
International Artists, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
2004 Wiedergefundene Malerei, Paintings by Christopher Le Brun, Gerd van Dulmen, Markus Lupertz, Odd Nerdrum, Thomas Schindler, Raab Galerie,
Berlin
Presence, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Bestiae Animatae (Bezielde Dieren), Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen
A Particular View, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, exhibited in Florence and Siena
2003 Escuela de Londres, Marlborough Madrid and Centro Cultural Caja de Granada; Puerta Real, Granada
Representing the World, Frisseras Museum, Athens
Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Hope Sufferance - Contemporary British Art in Print, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
Christopher Le Brun, Bill Jacklin, Prints, North House Gallery, Manningtree
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
Sterling Stuff - Sculpture in Silver, Royal Academy, London
2002 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy

 

2001 Art Works. British and German Contemporary Works from the Collection 1960-2000, Deutsche Bank, London
20th Century British Art, James Hyman Fine Art, London
New Commissions, New Art Centre Sculpture Park, Roche Court, Wiltshire
2000 Modern art despite Modernism, Museum of Modern Art New York
Recent Portrait Commissions, National Portrait Gallery, London
Encounters: New Art from Old, The National Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy
The Landscape Revisited, (Le Brun, Hodgkin, Bartlett) The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Le Brun, Campbell, Oulton, Davies, Raab Galerie, Berlin Anatomy of Melancholy, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Bronze: an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, Holland Park, London
Painting and Patronage, Faisalia Building, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Deutsche Bank, London
Assig, Kirkeby, Le Brun, Plensa, Tal-Coat, Galerie Vidal Saint-Phalle, Paris
Painting, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, Belgium
New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, Wiltshire
1999 Contemporary British Landscape, Flowers East, London
Light of the World, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Edinburgh
’45-99 A Personal View of British Painting and Sculpture, selected by Bryan Robertson Kettles Yard Cambridge, travelling to: City Art Gallery, Leicester
1998 Isn’t it too early for the eighties yet?, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Malmö, Sweden
1997 Christopher Le Brun, Ludwig Vandevelde Recent Work, Galerie Fortlaan17
1996 Christopher Le Brun, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Jaume Plensa, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris

 

The East Wing Collection of Contemporary Art, 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 and to Royal College of Art, London
Impressions of Nature, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Art Works: The Paine Webber Collection of Contemporary Masters, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, tour to Detroit, Boston, Minneapolis, San Diego and Miami
Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven; McNay Museum, San Antonio, Texas
1994 Accrochage, Marlborough Fine Art, London
Extremes Meet, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent
Le Brun, Campbell, Oulton, Marlborough Gallery Inc, New York
1993 Mixed Exhibition, February, 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 and tour Contemporary Prints, Recent Gifts to the Collection, Tate Gallery
1992 Des Dessins, Centre Scolaire et Sportif des Deux Thielles le Landeron; Kunstsammlung Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (selected by Martin Disler)

 

1991 Melankoli: Nordisk Romantisk Malerie, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
1990 The Reconsecration of Abstraction, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg
The Art of Drawing, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
British Art Now: A Subjective View, British Council exhibition in Japan; travelled to Setegaya Museum Fukuoka Museum, Nagoya, City Art Museum,
Tochiga Museum of Fine Arts, Hyogo Museum of Modern Art and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
1989 The School of London, Works on paper, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London
Singular Visions, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London
The Forces of Nature, Manchester City Art Gallery; Harris Museum and Art
Gallery Preston
1988 Artists in National Parks, V&A Museum, London and tour
The British Picture, L.A. 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
Les Années 80: A la surface de la Peinture, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Abbaye Saint-André, Meymac
R.O.S.C. ‘88, The Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
An Eclectic Eye, Selections from the Frederick R.Weisman Art Foundation, Bridge Centre for Contemporary Art, El Paso & tour
The New British Painting, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati travelled to Chicago and North Carolina

 

1987-88 Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art & tour
1987 The Golden Thread, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston
Current Affairs: British Painting and Sculpture in the 1980’s, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, travelling to: Mucsarnok, Budapest; National Gallery, Prague and Zacheta, Warsaw
Paintings & Monotypes, (Le Brun, Oulton, Walker), Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California
Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
London/Berlin, Ingrid Raab Gallery, London
Malerei in Europa II, Karl Pfefferle Gallery, Munich
Introducing With Pleasure: Selections from the Arts Council Collection, Royal Festival Hall, London, touring to: Brighton, Plymouth, Rochester, Stockport & Durham (selected by Kate Adie)
Art Brittiskt 1980, Tal, Liljevalchs Museum, Stockholm Britannia - Paintings and Sculpture of the 1980’s, Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere, Finland
Cries and Whispers - New Works from the British Council Collection, touring Australia and New Zealand
Land: Sea: Air, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury College of Art and Design; Djangoly Gallery, Nottingham University
Viewpoint - British Art of the 1980’s, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, 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, CAC Corbeil, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais and Galerie Municipale d’Art Contemporain Saint-Priest
Falls the Shadow: Recent British and European Art, Hayward Gallery, London
Tradition and Innovation, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Twelve British Artists, Künstlerhaus, Vienna American/European
Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, California
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, touring to -Art
Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne; New Zealand National Gallery, Wellington
Nouvelle Paris Biennale, Paris Romanticism and Primitivism in Art, Lowenadler Gallery, New York
Modern Landscape, Sunderland Arts Centre
1984 Horses in 20th Century Art, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London
Phase II, Stadmuseum, Graz
One City a Patron, Southampton City Art Gallery; touring to Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Ayr and Edinburgh Il Riso del Universo, San Giovanni Valdarno, Florence
Arte allo Specchio, Venice Biennale
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture,

 

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sperone Westwater, New York
Currents, I.C.A., Boston
Eine misslungene Ausstellung, Galerie Tanit, Munich (selected by Gerhard Merz)
Dessins, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris
The Image as Catalyst, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Artists Design for Dance, Arnolfini Gallery, 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
1982-83 Myth, Bonlow Gallery, New York
1982 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Vision in Disbelief, Sydney Biennale
Mythe, Drame, Tragédie, Musée d’Art Moderne, Sainte-Étienne
Aperto ‘82, Venice Biennale Zeitgeist, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
1981-82 Thirteen British Artists - An Exhibition about painting, Neue Galerie- Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen; touring to - Kunstverein Mannheim; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Bündner Kunstverein, Switzerland
1981 Enciclopedia, Galleria Civica, Modena
Fragments against Ruins, Arts Council Exhibition, Midland Group Exhibition and tour
XIII Festival international de la Peinture 1981, Cagnes-sur-Mer
1980 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London
Nuova Immagine, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan

 

1979 Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
John Moores Exhibition XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Summer Show III, Serpentine Gallery, London
The Craft of Art, Peter Moores Exhibition VI, Walker Art Gallery,
Liverpool
1978 John Moores Exhibition XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1977 London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London
1975 London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London