Christopher Le Brun is one of the important European painters to emerge in the early 1980s, a central figure in the rich and emotional ‘rebirth’ of painting that quickly became known as ‘neo-expressionism’. His career was launched in London and was quickly furthered in New York and Berlin. Le Brun’s fragmented imagery of horses, discs, wings, towers, cypresses, and arabesques became known throughout Europe, Australia, and America.
Le Brun’s work has figured in some of the most important exhibitions of the last three decades and has entered some of the most important museum collections worldwide. The artist has received many honors: he is a member of Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts and is former trustee of Britain's National Gallery of Art and the Tate Gallery. For the Royal Mint of Great Britain he designed a new 50-Pence piece, and his latest sculpture, over 30 feet in height, was commissioned for the City of London. He was also one of the finalists for the Ebbsfleet Monument project.
Le Brun was born in Portsmouth in 1951. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art (DFA) in London from 1970-74 and at Chelsea School of Art (MA) from 1974-75.
Le Brun has exhibited in many significant surveys of international art, including Nuova Immagine, Milan 1981, Zeitgeist Berlin 1982, Avant-garde in the Eighties, Los Angeles 1987, Contemporary Voices, Museum of Modern Art New York 2005, and Neo-Expressionist Paintings from the 1980s, Tate Modern..
From 1987-88 he received the D.A.A.D. award from the German government, living and working in Berlin for a year. He was elected to Britain's Royal Academy of Arts in 1996 and in 2000 became the Academy's first Professor of Drawing. He was elected president of the Royal Academy in 2011. Le Brun is a former trustee of the Tate, the National Gallery, and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is currently a trustee of The Prince's Drawing School.
His work is represented in some of the world's great collections: the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway; The British Museum, London; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut; the British Council, London; the Courtauld Gallery, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Berardo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal; Spencer Collection, New York Public Library; the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; among many others.
He is married to the painter Charlotte Verity. They have three children. He lives and works in London and Suffolk.