About Chris

“My desire to paint wildlife, particularly birds, stems from a deep fascination and respect for the natural world and a wish to share my excitement for the subject through my paintings. I am inspired by the light, colours, textures and patterns which are found in nature, even in the most ordinary and often overlooked corners of the landscape.”

Born in Uganda in 1959, where I lived until the age of six, I soon developed what would become a life-long interest in the natural world.

This fascination joined forces with a passion for drawing and painting at an early age when I started seeing the work of great wildlife painters, such as Archibald Thorburn, in books collected by my father. Further inspired by the many fabulous paintings that used to appear on the covers of the RSPB’s Birds magazine I began painting wildlife.

On graduating from Nottingham University with a Biology degree, but unable to find work as a biologist, I was offered a one year contract as an illustrator for the Dorset Heritage Coast Project. This year convinced me that painting was the only thing I would ever want to do (apart from be a fighter pilot, obviously) and so, with a second-hand drawing board (which I still use) and a bunch of paints, I embarked on a career as a wildlife artist.

Over the last 30 years I have exhibited widely in the UK, both in group shows and solo exhibitions, and have had work shown in Paris, Singapore, Japan and the USA.

In 1984 I was elected to membership of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA), based at the Mall Galleries in London, and I currently serve as secretary for the society. Between 2003 – 2009
I served on the board of governors of the Federation of British Artists (FBA).

In January 2010 I spent 5 weeks on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia with fellow wildlife artist John Gale on a self-funded expedition, drawing and painting the wildlife and landscapes to raise funds and awareness for the RSPB’s Save the Albatross Campaign. As an invited artist I have also participated in several international conservation projects with the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) in Poland, Spain, Peru and Ecuador.

As a supplement to painting I have illustrated many bird books and am currently in the final stages of a new book: Robins and Chats of the Worldto be published by Christopher Helm Publishing. It will contain 64 full-colour plates illustrating nearly 150 species.   

Awards;

1986; Bird Illustrator of the Year (British Birds journal)

1991; European Bird Artist of the Year

2001; European Bird Artist of the Year – black and white category winner

2005; European Bird Artist of the Year (Swarovski and Birdwatch magazine)

 

Exhibitions;

2012;   Birds of the World – Tryon Gallery, London

2011;   Artists for Albatrosses – Two-man show, Air Gallery, London

2009;   Chris Rose – recent paintings – Solo show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

Between the Tides – Solo show, Waterson House, Aberlady

2007;   Natural moments – Three-man show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

2006;   The Great Fen – ANF group show, Byard Gallery, Cambridge

2005;   In a Natural Light – Solo show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

Aig an Oir – SWLA group show, Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

2004;   Treasures of the Forgotten Forest – ANF group show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

2003;   Chris Rose – Solo show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

2001;   Chris Rose – Solo show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

2000;   Drawn to the Forest – SWLA group show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

1995;   Extramudura – ANF group show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

1993;   Portrait of a Living Marsh – ANF group show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

Wildlife – the Artist’s View – Group show, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

1992;   Birds in Art – Group show, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, USA

1990;   Wildlife Art – Three-man show, Wildlife Art Gallery, Lavenham

1984 – current;  Annual exhibition of SWLA, Mall Galleries, London

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