Chris Polunin

Chris Polunin

Cold Mountain 15 1/4 x 11 1/4 Oil $1200

Chris Polunin

Chris Polunin

Over the Lake 9 x 12 Oil $875

Chris Polunin

Chris Polunin

Path to Mesa 11 1/2 x 7 Oil $550

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Chris Polunin

 

Chris Polunin is an oil painter from North East England. Born into a family with a strong tradition of painting, he grew up with the works of his great-grandparents covering the walls of his home. These artworks have had an enormous impact on Chris' painting and the links are clear from their work to his. 

 

From an early age, Chris was encouraged to paint outdoors and he quickly developed a propensity for it; this love of painting en plein air has never left him and underpins his work to this day. Working with a wide range of subjects, he is driven by the idea that his visual questions can be answered more accurately by painting directly from the subject.

 

Chris' desire to study the work of the old masters led him to Florence and then Edinburgh as he pursued technical excellence. This training has given him the freedom to portray his feelings about his environment effectively and fluidly, and in a more intuitive way.

 

‘Working directly from life is of the utmost importance. The urgency of a plein air painting is always immersive and exciting while a portrait drawn from life will be a more truthful and holistic portrayal of the sitter.’  - Chris Polunin

 

Chris tends to paint thinly, inspired by the pre-Raphaelite ideology of purity and visual brilliance. The paint is laid on in glaze-like thinness, though he works with speed and thick paint is selectively built on top for various effects. 

 

Winner of the Stanley Quek Prize in 2019, and shortlisted for the Contemporary Young Artist Award (2018, 2019) and the prestigious New Light Prize (2020), he exhibits widely in the UK, including at the Mall Galleries (most notably with the RSMA), and has often featured in exhibitions and fairs in Europe and the USA.

 

Chris is currently based in Newcastle from where he creates his candlelit floral designs and captures the diverse landscapes of Northern England.