Queen Elizabeth II
Oil on canvas, 38 1/2" x 28"
Hanging at The Royal Overseas League, London, SW1, UK
the age of 28, Christian Furr became the youngest artist
to officially paint Queen Elizabeth II.
portrait was commissioned for the Royal Overseas League
in London, after the Queen herself chose him, from a short-list
of artists. It was painted in the Yellow Drawing Room at
Buckingham Palace and now hangs at the Royal Overseas League
Headquarters in St. James, London.
Queen is elegant and regal, but around the mouth and eyes
plays a slight, suggestive flicker of a smile… such an intriguing
work." Mail on Sunday
gentle, almost classical painting." Evening
New Years Eve 2000 he was commissioned by Channel Four to paint
Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Tarbuck, live on air, for ‘The Biggest
in Heswall, Wirral in 1966. He studied at Wirral Metropolitan
College, Merseyside and Leicester Polytechnic, where he graduated
with a first class degree in Fine Art. He lives and works in London
and has exhibited extensively at shows and galleries, including
the Mall, Francis Kyle and the National Portrait Gallery.
each painting, I aim to capture the most concise and accurate
likeness of my sitter that I can.“
recipe for a good portrait?
bit of their soul, a bit of my soul and a pinch of timelessness.
College of General Practitioners, London
Duffer of St George, London
Overseas League, London
||Royal College of General Portrait Society Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
||East Meets West, Smiths Gallery, London
||Windsor & Newton Young Artist's Award/ROI Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
||John Players National Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
1993/4, Francis Kyle Gallery, London
||Venice Show, Loseby Gallery, Leicester
Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition, St James
Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
|Awards and Publications
of Queen Elizabeth II featured in The Evening Standard, The
Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Express, Majesty and Gente
Magazine (Italy). Interviewed on Good Morning Summer BBC One.
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship 1991. Featured
artist in 'Painting by Diana Constance (Harper Collins) 1995.
Featured artist in 'Introduction to Oils' (Dorling Kindersly)
1993. Featured artist in Artist Magazine 1991.
|Painted Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Tarbuck live on air on New Years Eve 2000 for ‘The Biggest Breakfast Ever’, Channel Four TV. Royal College of Psychiatrists portrait commission of Dr. Robert Kendell, President, 2000. Institution of Structural Engineers portrait commission of John Dougill, Chief Executive 1999. Institution of Civil Engineers portrait commission of Roger Sainsbury 1998. Royal College of General Practitioners portrait commission of Dr Lotte Newman 1997; French House portrait commission of Noel and Leslie Botham 1997: Royal Overseas League portrait commission of Queen Elizabeth II 1995; ROSL portrait of Maneck Dalal 1993; Leicester University portrait commission 1990.
official portraits can be viewed by appointment through contacting
the relevant institutions.
on the following thumbnail images
to see larger examples of the artists work:
Sainsbury MA F.Eng F.I.C.E CBE",
President of The Institution of Civil Engineers
Hanging at 1 Great George Street, London SW1P, UK
Oil on Canvas, 27"x34"
President of The Royal college
Hanging at 17 Belgrave square,
London SW1X, UK
Oil on Canvas, 24"x48"
Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Award
1989, London, UK
Oil on canvas, 108" x 72"
Oil on canvas, 27" x 27"
National Portrait Award,
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 1999
of Mr Maneck Dalal",
Hanging at the The Royal Overseas League, St James, London,
Oil on canvas, 34 1/2" x 28"
of Dr Lotte Newman OBE"
President of The Royal College of General Practitioners
Hanging at Princes Gate, London SW7, UK
Oil on canvas, 34 1/2" x 28"