• Biography

    Christopher Le Brun is one of the leading British painters of his generation, celebrated internationally since the 1980s, making both figurative and abstract work in painting, sculpture and print. He was an instrumental public figure in his role as President of the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 2011 to 2019. He was awarded a Knighthood for services to the Arts in the 2021 New Year Honours. At the beginning of 2023, further two of his major pieces were added to institutional collections of Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art & Urban Planning (MoCAUP) in Shenzhen.


    Le Brun employs a mastery of touch and colour alongside a profound understanding of art history and a wide range of visual, musical and literary sources. He has remained consistent in adhering to what he feels to be the essential poetry and pleasure of painting for its own sake, led by intuition and visual imagination and resistant to external justification. 


    His interest in the formal possibilities of painting has led recently to the development of modular compositions from single pieces through to large and highly complex canvases, triptychs and monumental multipart paintings, extending the limits of abstract pictorial composition. A heightened awareness of the physicality of the painting process with its dramatic tension between revealing and covering, has been a central feature of his work that unites all its phases whether abstract or figurative. 


    Born in Portsmouth in 1951, Christopher Le Brun trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career, he was a double prizewinner at the John Moores exhibitions (1978, 1980), also showing in the Venice Biennale (1980) and the ground-breaking exhibition ‘Zeitgeist’ (1982) at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin. His recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China (2021); Albertz Benda, New York, USA (2020); Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, China (2019); Lisson Gallery, London, UK (2018); the Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton, UK (2018); Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK (2018); Albertz Benda, New York, NY, USA (2017); The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FL, USA (2017); Colnaghi, London, UK (2015); Friedman Benda, New York, NY, USA (2014); New Art Centre, Wiltshire, UK (2010) and The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK (2008). Le Brun served as a trustee of Tate from 1990–1995; The National Gallery from 1996–2003; the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 2000–2005; and as a founding trustee of the Royal Drawing School from 2003–2016. He was a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery between 2012-19. He was elected the first Professor of Drawing of the Royal Academy, London in 2000, where he also served as President from 2011-2021, the 26th since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest since Lord Leighton in 1878. 


    His work is in many museum collections including Tate Gallery, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art & Urban Planning (MoCAUP), Shenzhen, China, the British Museum, London, UK; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; The Whitworth, Manchester, UK; Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China, and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA. Le Brun’s public sculptures include Union (horse with two discs) at the Museum of London; City Wing on the site of the former stock exchange at Threadneedle Street; and The Monument to Victor Hugo on the quayside in St Helier, Jersey.

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    Present Lives and works in London, UK


    2021                    Knighthood, New Year Honours List


    2020                   IP Project Board, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 

                                  Emeritus Trustee, Royal Drawing School, London, UK 


    2017                     Vice President of the Turner Society, London, UK


    2012-2019         Trustee, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK


    2011-2019           President, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, UK 


    2010                     Honorary Fellowship, University of the Arts, London, UK


    2000-2005       Trustee, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK


    2003-2014        Chairman of the Academic Board, Royal Drawing School, London, UK 


    2003-2016        Trustee, Royal Drawing School, London, UK 


    2000-2002       Professor of Drawing, Royal Academy, London, UK


    1996-2003         Trustee, National Gallery, London, UK


    1996                      Elected to the Royal Academy, London, UK


    1990-1995          Trustee, Tate Gallery, London, UK


    1987-1988           Guest of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD, Berlin, DE


    1976-1983           Visiting lecturer Brighton, Slade and Wimbledon Schools of Art, London, UK


    1975                       M.A., Chelsea School of Art, London, UK


    1974                       D.F.A., Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK


    1951                        Born in Portsmouth, UK


    Public Collections


    Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, UK

    Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, AUS

    Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK

    Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, NO

    Berardo Museum, Lisbon, PT 

    Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, The British Council, London, UK

    The British Council, London, UK 

    London British Museum, London, UK

    London Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

    London Courtauld Gallery, London, UK

    London Department of the Environment, London, UK

    Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

    FRAC Collection, Paris, FR

    Hamilton Art Gallery, Ontario Harris Museum, Preston, CA

    Harris Museum, Preston, UK

    High Museum, Atlanta, GA 

    Ile de France Regional Fund, Saint-Ouen, FR

    Isle of Man Arts Council John Creasey Museum, Salisbury, UK

    John Creasey Museum, Salisbury, UK 

    Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool, UK

    Malmö Doershus, Mälmo, SE

    Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr, SC

    McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, NO

    The Museum of Contemporary Art & Urban Planning, Shenzhen, CN

    Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

    Museum of London, London, UK

    National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, IE

    National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

    The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

    Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK

    Pallant House, Chichester, UK

    Power Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, AU

    Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, CN

    Royal Academy, London, UK

    Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, UK

    Rooseum, Malmö, SE

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UK

    Southampton Museum and Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

    Southwark Art Collection, London, UK

    Spencer Collection, New York City Public Library, New York, NY

    Stavanger Art Gallery, Stavanger, NO

    St. Cross College, Oxford, UK

    Stirlingshire Educational Trust, UK

    Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, UK

    Tate Gallery, London, UK

    University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    University of Tasmania, Hobart, AU

    University of Texas, Austin, TX

    University of the Arts Drawings Archive, London, UK

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

    Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

    Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT


    Select Solo Exhibitions


    2023            Swan Ritual, albertz benda, New York, NY


    2022            Making Light albertz benda, Los Angeles, CA 

                           Momentarium, Lisson Gallery, London, UK


    2021             A Sense of Sight, Abstract Work 1974-2020, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, CN


    2020            Figure and Play, albertz benda, New York, NY


    2019             Diptychs, Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, CN


    2018             Composer, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

                           New Painting, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

                           Dualities, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK  


    2017            Christopher Le Brun: Composer, albertz benda, New York, NY 

                          Christopher Le Brun: Composer, The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FL 

                          Now Turn the Page, Arndt, Berlin, DE


    2016           New Paintings, Arndt, SG


    2015          Colour, Colnaghi, London, UK 


    2014          New Paintings, Friedman Benda, New York, NY


    2011            Five Symbolic Images: bronze and plaster sculptures by Christopher Le Brun, One Canada

                                   Square, Canary Wharf, London, UK

                         Watercolours, Abbott & Holder, London, UK

                         Recent work, Galleri J. Aasen, Aalesund, NO


    2010          Twenty Drawings, Abbott & Holder, London, UK

                         The distance: new painting and sculpture, New Art Centre, Wiltshire, UK

                         Christopher Le Brun, Thomas Deans Gallery, Atlanta, GA


    2009          Landscapes, Hohenthal und Bergen, Berlin, DE


    2008          Christopher Le Brun, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

                          Fifty Etchings 2005, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK


    2005           Lichfield Cathedral - invited artist Lichfield Arts Festival, Lichfield, UK

                           50 Etchings 2005, Paragon Press, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

                           Drawings, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, IE


    2004            The Given - Paintings and Watercolours 2000-2004, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY


    2003-04      Venice Pictures, Galleria Sottoportego, Venice, IT

                             Venice Pictures, Marlborough Graphics, London, UK


    2003             The Motif is Painting Itself, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE


    2002             Galleri Christian Dam, Copenhagen, DK


    2001              Works on Paper, University Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK

                            Galerie J. Aasen, Aalesund, NO

                             Cloud Metaphor, Pollock Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

                             Paintings, Sculpture, Prints, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

                             The Wagner Series 1994: Prints by Christopher Le Brun, Henry Cole Wing, V&A Museum,

                                             London, UK


    2000             Galleri Christian Dam, Oslo, NO

                             Fig-1: 50 Projects in 50 Weeks, London, UK


    1999               Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX


    1998               Recent work, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

                             Ainscough Gallery, Liverpool, UK


    1997               The Art of Etching, Courtauld Prints and Drawings Gallery, London, UK

                             Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE


    1996               Monotypes 1986-96, Marlborough Graphics, London, UK


    1995               Four Riders: states and progress-proofs, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

                             Christopher Le Brun, Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo, NO

                            Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, UK 


    1994              Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                            Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK 


    1992              Art Center, Pasadena, CA

                            L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA


    1991                Fifty Etchings, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

                             Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE


    1989               Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK


    1988               Daadgalerie, Berlin, DE

                             Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

                             Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, DE


    1987                New Edition Prints and Monotypes by Christopher Le Brun, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London,



    1986                Sperone Westwater, New York, NY


    1985                Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

                              The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

                              Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

                              Kunsthalle, Basel, CH


    1983                 Sperone Westwater, New York, NY


    1982                 Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK


    1981                 Paintings, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris, FR


    1980               Drawings, Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK


    Select Group Exhibitions


    2022           The Endless Summer, albertz benda | Friedman Benda, Los Angeles, CA

                           Liljevalchs 100 years, Jubilee 2021, Liljevalchs Konstall, Stockholm, SE

                           Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK      


    2021            Transcendence and Rén Jian, Su Xingping and Christopher Le Brun, CAFA Museum, Beijing, CN

                          Explorations in Paint, Collections Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK 

                          Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

                          Brie Ruais and Christopher Le Brun, McClain Gallery, Houston, TX

                          Group Show, MG Space, Beijing, CN

                          Environmental Reflections, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University,

                                     Malibu, CA


    2020-21     Jinan International Biennale, Shandong Art Museum, Shandong, CN

                           Selected works in London, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

                           Love, Life, Death and Desire, Yale Center for British Arts, New Haven, CT


    2020           Intellective City, Design Society, Shenzhen, CN

                           Horizon, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

                           Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

                            20:20: Twenty Years of Collecting Contemporary Art, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK


    2019-20      Brink: Caroline Lucas Curates the Towner Collection, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK


    2019              Romantics, St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, UK

                             Gallery 181, with albertz benda, 181 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA

                             Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

                             Drawing Biennials 2019, The Drawing Room, London, UK


    2018               Under the Nigh Sky, alberz benda, New York, NY

                              L, Frac Íle-de-France, Bussy-Saint-Martin, FR

                              Selected Drawings from the Richard Schlee Collection of Drawings, Southampton City Art

                                               Gallery, Southampton, UK

                              Odyssey: A 35-Year Journey, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

                              Evolver, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, CA

                             The Great Spectacle, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

                             Print Rebels, Bankside Gallery, London; Burton Art Gallery, Devon; The school of Art Museum

                                              and Galleries, Aberystwyth, UK


     2017              Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle, from Turner to Le Brun, Southampton Art

                                             Gallery, Southampton, UK

                             Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London, UK

                             Seen on Impact, Robert Kuo, New York, NY

                             Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London, UK

                             Contemporary Royal Academicians, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, UK 

                             Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London, UK 


    2016              Academicians IV, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, UK
                            Towards Night, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
                            Vital Signs, Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa, IT
                            Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
                            The Romantic Thread in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK

                            Drawings from the Royal Drawing School, Christie’s, New York, NY


    2015             Don’t shoot the Painter, work from the UBS Art Collection, Villa Reale d’Arte, Milan, IT

                           Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

                            5x5 Other Voices, Litvak Contemporary, Tel Aviv, IL

                            Vital Signs, Clifford Chance Gallery, London, UK


    2014             Reception, Rupture and Return: The Model and the Life Room, Tate Britain, London, UK

                            Rome Literary Festival, Basilica of Massenzio, Rome, IT

                            Barratto, Galleria Bonomo, Rome, IT

                            I cheer a dead man's sweetheart, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK 

                           Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK

                            Beyond Limits, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, UK


    2013             Das Ultimative Bild, Raab Galerie Berlin, Berlin, DE

                           One of a Kind, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE


    2012             Encounter the Royal Academy in the Middle East, Katara Cultural Village, Doha, QA

                            RA Now, exhibition and auction Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy, London, UK

                            Encounter The Royal Academy in Asia, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lasalle, SG

                            The Queen’s Artists, John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy, London, UK

                            Summer Exhibition 2012, Royal Academy, London, UK

                            Francis Bacon to Paula Rego: Great Artists, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK 

                            The Mechanical Hand - 25 Years of Printmaking at Paupers Press, Kings Place Gallery, London

                                            + University Gallery, Newcastle, UK


    2011              Watercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK

                            Sculpture, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                            Fine Form: The Horse in Art, Summerfield Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham

                                              Museum and Art Gallery, UK

                            Elements of Nature - Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Brevard Art

                                               Museum, Melbourne, FL 

                             Woolworth, Souspression, a Chatellerault, Ecole d'Arts Plastiques, Centre d'art Contemporain,

                                               Chatellerault, FR

                             Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK


    2010              Modernist Realism: The School of London from Andrews to O’Donoghue, James Hyman

                                                Gallery, London, UK

                             Gallery Invited Artists, Annual Summer Exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, IE

                             Henry Moore etchings and bronze sculptures by Christopher Le Brun, Bircham Gallery,

                                                Norfolk, UK

                             Scultura Internazionale A Racconigi 2010 - Presente ed esperienza del passato, International

                                                 Sculpture Biennale, Carrara, IT

                             Layers: John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Show, Seongnam Art Centre, Gyeonggi-

                                                  do, KR

                              Inspired by Soane: Artworks by Contemporary artists, architects & Designers, Sir John

                                                Soane’s Museum, London, UK


    2009 - 2010  Artist’s Proof, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin touring to Wexford,Bristol, Bray, Belfast,


                                7th British International Mini Print Exhibition, invited artist, Printmakers Council Gallery,

                                                  London, UK


    2009                 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

                                 Rauminszeneriungen, Schlosspark Wendlinghausen, Dörentrup, DE

                                 Past, Present, Future #2, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                                Watercolour in Britain: Travelling with Watercolour, Norwich Castle Museum, touring to

                                                  Millennium Gallery Sheffield, Laing Gallery Newcastle and Tate Britain, UK


    2008                  Hugh Stoneman: The Printmaker’s Studio, Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK

                                  Exacting Standards a tribute to Hugh Stoneman, master printer 1947-2005, Lemon Street

                                                  Gallery, Truro, Cornwall, UK

                                   On Time, Courtauld Institute East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Institute Galleries,

                                                  London, UK

                                  Brilliant, Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

                                  Buren, Deacon, Le Brun, Wallinger, Whiteread, Ebbsfleet Landmark Proposals, Bluewater,

                                                    Kent, UK

                                  Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

                                  Four Painters, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

                                 UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980’s, Tate Modern, London, UK

                                  Fresh Out of the Box: Recent Acquisitions, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

                                  Winter Journey, Art Space Gallery, Michael Richardson Contemporary Art, London, UK


    2007                   Venice: City of Dreams? Sotheby's London, UK

                                   Sweet Powder, Prints from Atelier Michael Woolworth, Grande Galeries –Aitre, Saint-

                                                    Maclou, Ecole Regionale des Beaux-Arts Rouen, FR

                                  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, UK

                                 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

                                 Group Show, (Ayres, Frost, Le Brun, Virtue), The Drawing Schools Gallery, Eton College,

                                                     Windsor, UK

                                 Land, Sea and in the Air, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                                The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK


    2006                 Morandi’s Legacy: Influences on British Art, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, touring to the

                                                    Estorick Collection, London, UK

                                 Cross Reference, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                                 Anthropography III, Frissiras Museum, Athens, GR

                                 Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, UK

                                 Gardens of Earthly Delight, Flowers Graphics, London, UK

                                 Spotlight - Works on Paper by Twentieth Century and Contemporary Artists, Thomas

                                                    Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

                                  Estorick Collection, London, UK

                                   Literary Circles, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

                                   Drawing from Turner, Tate Britain, London, UK


    2005                   Contemporary Voices, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                                   The Spirit of Landscape in British Printmaking, V&A, London, UK

                                   Drawings, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, IE

                                   Gardens of Earthly Delight, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and Irish tour and to Flowers

                                                      Graphics, London, UK

                                    International Artists, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, IE

                                    Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK


    2004                   Wiedergefundene Malerei, Paintings by Christopher Le Brun, Gerd van Dulmen, Markus

                                                           Lupertz, Odd Nerdrum, Thomas Schindler, Raab Galerie, Berlin, DE

                                    Presence, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK

                                   Bestiae Animatae (Bezielde Dieren), Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen, NL

                                   A Particular View, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, exhibited in Florence and Siena, IT


    2003                   Escuela de Londres, Marlborough Madrid and Centro Cultural Caja De Granada; Puerta

                                                           Real, Granada, ES

                                   Representing the World, Frisseras Museum, Athens, GR

                                   Unpacked II, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AU

                                   Hope Sufferance - Contemporary British Art in Print, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, IE

                                   Christopher Le Brun, Bill Jacklin, Prints, North House Gallery, Manningtree, UK

                                   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

                                  Sterling Stuff - Sculpture in Silver, Royal Academy, London, UK


    2002                   Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK


    2001                  Art Works. British and German Contemporary Works from the 

                                                          Collection 1960-2000, Deutsche Bank, London, UK

                                 20th Century British Art, James Hyman Fine Art, London, UK

                                 New Commissions, New Art Centre Sculpture Park, Roche Court,Wiltshire, UK


    2000               Modern art despite Modernism, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                               Recent Portrait Commissions, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

                               Encounters: New Art from Old, The National Gallery, London, UK

                              Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

                             The Landscape Revisited, (Le Brun, Hodgkin, Bartlett), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

                              Le Brun, Campbell, Oulton, Davies, Raab Galerie, Berlin, DE

                              Anatomy of Melancholy, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                              Bronze: an exhibition of contemporary sculpture, Holland Park, London, UK

                              Painting and Patronage, Faisalia Building, Riyadh, SA

                              Deutsche Bank, London, UK

                               Assig, Kirkeby, Le Brun, Plensa, Tal-Coat, Galerie Vidal Saint-Phalle, Paris, FR

                               Painting, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                               New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery, Roche Court, Wiltshire, UK


    1999                 Contemporary British Landscape, Flowers East, London, UK

                                Light of the World, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Edinburgh, SC

                                ’45-99 A Personal View of British Painting and Sculpture, selected by Bryan Robertson

                                              Kettles Yard Cambridgetravelling to City Art Gallery, Leicester, UK


    1998                  Isn’t it too early for the eighties yet? Centre for Contemporary Arts, Malmö, SE


    1997                  Christopher Le Brun, Ludwig Vandevelde Recent Work, Galerie Fortlaan17, Ghent, BE


    1996                Christopher Le Brun, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Jaume Plensa, Galerie Vidal-Saint Phalle, Paris, FR

                              The East Wing Collection of Contemporary Art, Courtauld Institute Galleries, London, UK

                              A Century of European Prints, Marlborough Graphics, London, UK

                              Recent Publications, Marlborough Graphics, London, UK


    1995                Dialogue with De Kooning, Royal College of Art, London, UK

                               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, UK

                               Impressions of Nature, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                              Art Works: The Paine Webber Collection of Contemporary Masters, Museum of Fine Arts,

                                             Houston, TX, tour to Detroit, MI, Boston, MA, Minneapolis, MN, San Diego, CA, and

                                             Miami, FL

                             Contemporary British Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Yale

                                            Centre for British Art, New Haven; McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX


    1994               Accrochage, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

                             Extremes Meet, Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent, BE

                             Le Brun, Campbell, Oulton, Marlborough Gallery Inc, New York, NY


    1993               Mixed Exhibition, February, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK

                             De Chirico et ses Conséquences Post-Métaphysiques, Artcurial, Paris, FR

                             Modern Graphic Art in Britain, British Museum, London, UK

                             Painters as Printmakers, Art Space Gallery, London, UK

                             Drawing on these Shores, Harris Museum, Preston and touring UK

                             Contemporary Prints, Recent Gifts to the Collection, Tate Gallery, London, UK


    1992               Des Dessins, Centre Scolaire et Sportif des Deux Thielles leLanderon; Kunstsammlung

                                              Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, CH



    1991                Melankoli: Nordisk Romantisk Malerie, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK


    1990               The Reconsecration of Abstraction, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Salzburg, AT

                             The Art of Drawing, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, NO

                              British Art Now: A Subjective View, British Council exhibition in JP; 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, JP


    1989             The School of London, Works on Paper, Odette Gilbert Gallery, London, UK

                           Singular Visions, Mead Gallery, University of Warwick; Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London, UK

                           The Forces of Nature, Manchester City Art Gallery; Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston, UK


    1988             Artists in National Parks, V&A Museum, London, UK

                           The British Picture, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

                           The Romantic Tradition, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK; El Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, SP

                           Collaborations in Monotype, University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara;

                                              Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin; Cleveland Museum of Art,

                                               Cleveland, OH

                           Les Années 80: A la surface de la Peinture, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Abbaye Saint-André,

                                               Meymac, FR

                           R.O.S.C. ‘88, The Guinness Hop Store, Dublin, IE

                           An Eclectic Eye, Selections from the Frederick R.Weisman Art Foundation, Bridge Centre for

                                                Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX

                          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,

                                     Baltimore, MA


    1987            The Golden Thread, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UK

                          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, CA

                          Avant-Garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

                          London/Berlin, Ingrid Raab Gallery, London, UK

                         Malerei in Europa II, Karl Pfefferle Gallery, Munich, DE

                         Introducing With Pleasure: Selections from the Arts Council Collection, Royal Festival Hall, 

                                      London, touring to Brighton, Plymouth, Rochester, Stockport & Durham, UK

                         Art Brittiskt 1980, Tal, Liljevalchs Museum, Stockholm, SE

                         Britannia - Paintings and Sculpture of the 1980’s, Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere, FI

                         Cries and Whispers - New Works from the British Council Collection, touring AU and NZ

                         Land: Sea: Air, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury College of Art and Design; Djangoly Gallery,

                                      Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK

                        Viewpoint - British Art of the 1980’s, The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE

                        Prints, Laurie Rubin Gallery, New York, NY

                        Myth and Mystery, Maloney Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                        Prints from the Collection, Tate Gallery, London, UK


    1986          Forty Years of Modern Art, Tate Gallery, London, UK

                        Second Sight - Biennale IV, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

                        Matière Première, CAC Corbeil, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais and Galerie Municipale d’Art

                                          Contemporain Saint-Priest, FR

                        Falls the Shadow: Recent British and European Art, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

                       Tradition and Innovation, Harmony Hill Arts Centre, Lisburn, IE

                       Twelve British Artists, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, AT

                       American/European Painting and Sculpture, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

                       Forty Works on Paper, Ingrid Raab Gallery, London, UK


    1985          Selections from the William J. Hokin Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

                        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; NZ National Gallery, Wellington, AU

                        Nouvelle Paris Biennale, Paris, FR

                         Romanticism and Primitivism in Art, Lowenadler Gallery, New York, NY

                         Modern Landscape, Sunderland Arts Centre, Sunderland, UK

                         Horses in 20th Century Art, Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London, UK

                         Phase II, Stadmuseum, Graz, AT

                         One City a Patron, Southampton City Art Gallery; touring to Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Ayr and



    1984          Il Riso del Universo, San Giovanni Valdarno, Florence Arte alloSpecchio, Venice Biennale

                        An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

                       Sperone Westwater, New York, NY

                       Currents, I.C.A., Boston, MA

                       Eine misslungene Ausstellung, Galerie Tanit, Munich, BE

                       Dessins, Gillespie-Laage-Salomon, Paris, FR

                      The Image as Catalyst, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK

                     Artists Design for Dance, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK


    1983             The Granada Collection - Recent British Paintings and Drawings, Whitworth Art Gallery,

                                  Manchester, UK

                           Tema Celeste, Museo Civico d’Arte Contemporanea, Gibellina, Sicily, IT

                           La Forma e L’Informe, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, IT

                          New Art, Tate Gallery, London, UK


    1982-83    Myth, Bonlow Gallery, New York, NY


    1982          Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

                         Vision in Disbelief, Sydney Biennale, Sydney, AU

                        Mythe, Drame, Tragédie, Musée d’Art Moderne, Sainte-Étienne

                        Aperto ‘82, Venice Biennale, Venice, IT

                        Zeitgeist, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, DE


    1981-82    Thirteen British Artists - An Exhibition about painting, Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig,

                                Aachen; touring to - Kunstverein Mannheim; Kunstverein Braunschweig;

                                Bündner Kunstverein, CH


    1981            Enciclopedia, Galleria Civica, Modena, IT

                         Fragments against Ruins, Arts Council Exhibition, Midland Group Exhibition and tour 

                         XIII Festival international de la Peinture 1981, Cagnes-sur-Mer, FR


    1980          Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, UK

                         Nuova Immagine, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan, IT

                        Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK

                        John Moores Exhibition XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK


    1979          Summer Show III, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

                        The Craft of Art, Peter Moores Exhibition VI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK


    1978         John Moores Exhibition XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK


    1977          London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK


    1975          London Group, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK




    2021                   Knighthood, New Year Honours List


    2020                 IP Project Board, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

                                Emeritus Trustee, Royal Drawing School, London, UK


    2019                  Honorary Member, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol: HRWA


    2017                   Vice President of the Turner Society, London, UK

                                Honorary Member, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, London: HRE


    2016                  Honorary Member, Royal Watercolour Society, London: HRWS


    2015                  Prince George’s birthday sovereign coin commission, Royal Mint Member, Royal Institute 

                                            of Painters in Watercolour, London: RI


    2014                  The Sacred Desert, stained glass window commission, Saw Swee Hock Faith Centre,

                                             London School of Economics


    2013                  Film Commission, Re-imagining the line, Tate Gallery Media, London, UK


    2009                Sculpture Commission, Wing Column - Monument to Victor Hugo, St Heiler, Jersey


    2008                Sculpture Commission, City Wing, Stock Exchange Site, London, UK


    2005                Turner Medal Watercolour Prize, RA Summer Exhibition

                               Sculpture Installation, Union, Museum of London


    1996                 Commission, Portrait of George Steiner, National Portrait Gallery


    1995-1996      Commission, The Parables, Jerusalem Trust for Liverpool Cathedral


    1992-1997       Painting Commission, Wagner, Private Commission based on the Ring Cycle


    1984                   Design Commission, Revival of a Ballet Imperial, Royal Opera House, London


    1983                   Printmakers Commission Award, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


    1980                  Prize Winner, John Moores XII, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


    1978                  Prize Winner, John Moores XI, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool