Chris Blake

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Award winning, London-born artist, Chris Blake came to Australia as a teenager. For a number of years, he worked as a roustabout on cattle stations in west Queensland and his new-found love of the outback has sustained him in his art today.

He has had an interesting life working in a variety of jobs from railway fettler, heating installer, welder, boat builder, owner home builder, musician and gigolo. However, throughout his life, Chris has always sustained his passion for drawing which has set him in good stead for his present occupation as a professional artist.

While his favourite subjects include outback landscapes, boats and figures in interesting town contexts, he has an eclectic range of subject matter and it is difficult to pin him down to one genre. Whatever he does, it is usually exciting and dramatic.

Chris could be described as a tonal colourist. In his paintings, he pushes tones to their dark and light extremes while still retaining the intensity of colour in his pastels, oils, acrylics and pen and wash.He is represented in a number of private collections in Australia and overseas.  

Chris’s work can also be seen at his private gallery by appointment.

Chris is also a dynamic tutor and demonstrator, giving speedy and informative demonstrations of technique, while at the same time adding spice with interesting, humorous stories and anecdotes. He ensures that his students learn as much as they can while still having a lot of fun. 

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