portrait painters, portrait artists

Queen Elizabeth II

Oil on canvas, 38 1/2" x 28"
Hanging at The Royal Overseas League, London, SW1, UK

At the age of 28, Christian Furr became the youngest artist to officially paint Queen Elizabeth II.

The 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.

"His 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

"A gentle, almost classical painting." Evening Standard.

On New Years Eve 2000 he was commissioned by Channel Four to paint Johnny Vaughan and Lisa Tarbuck, live on air, for ‘The Biggest Breakfast Ever’.

Born 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.

“In each painting, I aim to capture the most concise and accurate likeness of my sitter that I can.“

My recipe for a good portrait?

A bit of their soul, a bit of my soul and a pinch of timelessness.

Solo Exhibitions
1997 Royal College of General Practitioners, London 1993 the Duffer of St George, London
1993 Royal Overseas League, London 1993 The Tricycle Gallery, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
1994 Royal College of General Portrait Society Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 1991 East Meets West, Smiths Gallery, London
1993 Windsor & Newton Young Artist's Award/ROI Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 1989 John Players National Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
1993/4 Artfair 1993/4, Francis Kyle Gallery, London 1988 Venice Show, Loseby Gallery, Leicester
1992/3 Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition, St James 1999 National Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
Awards and Publications
Painting 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.
Selected Commissions
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.
All official portraits can be viewed by appointment through contacting the relevant institutions.
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to see larger examples of the artists work:
"Roger 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"
"Dr Robert Kendell",
President of The Royal college
of Psychiatrists
Hanging at 17 Belgrave square,
London SW1X, UK
Oil on Canvas, 24"x48"
"The Artists's Studio",
Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Portrait Award 1989, London, UK
Oil on canvas, 108" x 72"
"Edward and Linda"
Oil on canvas, 27" x 27"
National Portrait Award,
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK 1999
"Portrait of Mr Maneck Dalal",
Hanging at the The Royal Overseas League, St James, London, SW1, UK
Oil on canvas, 34 1/2" x 28"
"Portrait 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"