Christopher Hanson

2019 QEST Howdens Scholar - Painting
West Midlands

Portrait and figurative artist Christopher trained at the London Academy of Representational Art (LARA) and aims to capture not only the likeness, but the essence of his sitters. He held his first solo exhibition, Music & Spirituality, at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning in 2018.

Seeking to deepen his understanding and develop his technique to enhance the quality of his work, Christopher is heading to Italy on a QEST Scholarship to study at Charles H. Cecil Studios. This private atelier in Florence offers rigorous training in sight-size drawing and painting from life, working with a traditional palette, hand-grinding oil paints and making mediums.

Christopher had work selected for the BP Portrait Awards 2020 and the John Moores Painting Prize exhibition 2020.

My subjects to date are mostly family members. The skills I acquire from during this month-long course will give me the ability and confidence to paint prominent figures who inspire me.