Christopher Le Brun PRA



Born: 20 December 1951

Elected RA: 12 December 1996

Royal Academician

Engravers, Printmakers and Draughtsmen

Christopher Le Brun studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1970 to 1974 and at Chelsea School of Art, London from 1974 to 1975. From 1976 to 1983, Le Brun was a visiting lecturer at Brighton, Chelsea, Slade and Wimbledon Schools of Art.

Le Brun’s first solo show was held in 1980 at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London. He was subsequently included in many of the international surveys of art of the 1980s, in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Scandanavia and the USA. In 1984 he produced the designs for a revival of Ballet Imperial at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, and in 1996 he received a major commission from the Jerusalem Trust for paintings for the choir of Liverpool Cathedral. He was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 1999 to paint George Steiner.

From 1987 to 1988 he lived in Berlin as a guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD and was Visiting Artist at the Vermont Studio School (1993) and the New York School (1995). Le Brun is a former trustee of Tate, the National Gallery, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is currently a trustee of the Prince's Drawing School. In 2010 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the University of the Arts London.

Christopher Le Brun was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. He lives and works in London.