Christopher Le Brun PRA
Born: 20 December 1951
Elected RA: 12 December 1996
Engravers, Printmakers and Draughtsmen
Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker.
Born in Portsmouth and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London, Le Brun first appeared in several group exhibitions, such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, and from 1980 onwards, 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.
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.
Christopher Le Brun PRA - Selected CV
Recent Solo Exhibitions
2014 Friedman Benda, New York
2011 Canary Wharf, London
2010 New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury
2008 New Art Gallery, Walsall
2008 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Arts Council of Great Britain
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo
The British Council, London
British Museum, London
Contemporary Art Society, London
Courtauld Gallery, London
Department of the Environment, London
Hamilton Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
High Museum, Atlanta, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
National Portrait Gallery, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Tate Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA
Christopher Le Brun, New Paintings, Ridinghouse, 2014
Christopher Le Brun, The New Gallery Walsall, 2008
Christopher Le Brun, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 2001