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11,605. Ziggurat [Le Brun] whose fantastic architectural forms seem both of this world and another. (Art & Artists: Le Brun) Tim Marlow on ... Watercolour
11,606. On consistent terms which Le Brun has made uniquely his own, he has created a considerable body of work in large or quite small paintings, with drawings and many engravings of inventive refinement which, put all together, makes a visible and credible world of its own. An intensity of visual concept in its broad sense sustains an oddly relaxed, divergent and exploratory tension derived from the calculated and extremely variable deployment of each brushmark in its placement on the canvas. He offers us a feast for the eye demanded by Delacroix as the first requisite of any painting before it has meaning. Some of the ways in which Le Brun deploys pigment appear to stem from early Guston and, before that, from the late Monet that we encounter in the Musee Marmotton – but the world celebrated by Le Brun in this use of paint stems in essence from the romantic past of poetry, myth and legend. Bryan Robertson
11,607. 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.
Christopher Le Brun RA, Tower with Road and Figures 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, Scandinavia 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. Royal Academy of Arts biography