Christopher Aggs RBA
I see myself as a realist painter and prefer to work directly from observation. I am endlessly fascinated by the task of translating what I see into paint and consider that the world in front of my easel contains more wonderful variety than anything I could ever dream up myself. I am most at home working outdoors but have a studio in West Sussex with printmaking facilities where I also undertake a variety of work to commission. Ideas for paintings present themselves constantly in the landscape, among objects in the studio and recently while observing musicians absorbed in the activity of music making.
I prefer to work from direct observation and paintings nearly always begin with a series of drawings as a means of getting acquainted with the subject rather than as a means of fixing its contours. I usually work in oil paint on board (sometimes canvas). Frequently the work will be carried out pleine aire although I do make on the spot sketches if the weather is variable or time presses. I prefer to complete larger more considered works on site rather than in the studio. This always means changing and re-working the painting to fit current conditions and often means repeated visits over many months, sometimes even returning to the same spot at the same season over several years. Like most figurative artists (for the past 150 years) I am affected by photography and do use photographic references when I cannot rely on my own observation; for instance when things are happening too fast to draw! However it is important to me to re-invent the photographic image through the medium of oil paint rather than try to make a copy.
1951, born in Horsham W.Sussex.
1970-3 read English Literature at University of Oxford and began drawing lessons at The Ruskin School, Oxford
1974 - studied Painting and Printmaking at City & Guilds of London Art School and continued at the Royal Academy Schools graduating in 1980.
1983 married artist and illustrator Patrice (Osborne) Aggs
Established practice as Artist and taught Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at the City & Guilds of London Art School, Northbrook College, Worthing and University of Chichester Dept of Fine Art.
2012 retired from teaching to concentrate on my own work.
2013 elected member of Royal Society of British Artists.
2012 The Artist Prize, RBA exhibition
2010 National Open Art Competition Yellow Interference Southern Region Prizewinner. Minerva Theatre, Chichester. Prince's Drawing School, Hoxton, London
1978 David Murray Landscape Award
1977 Richard Ford Award for Travel in Spain
1976 Rodney Burns Drawing Prize City & Guilds School of Art
2014, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09 & 2008 Royal Society of British Artists. Mall Galleries, London
2012 (10 & 04) National Open Art Competition Exhibition toured Minerva Theatre, Chichester to Princes Drawing School and Pallant House Chichester.
2008 Images of India Nehru Centre, London
2008 Interventions Worthing Museum & Art Gallery
2007 The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries
2007 Lynn Prize Exhibition Painters and Stainers Hall, City of London 2005 Chappel Galleries, Essex. Roderick Barrett Memorial Exhibition
2005/2/00/99 Anna Mei Chadwick The Gallery 27 Cork St, London
1999 Worthing Museum and Art Gallery Making Sense of the Everyday solo retrospective exhibition. (One Person Show)
1984/85/87/91/94 & 1997 Royal Academy Summer Show, Piccadilly, London
1991/1997 Regular bi-annual shows at Anna Mei Chadwick Gallery, Kings Rd, London
1994 & 95 Not the Royal Academy Llwellyn Alexander ltd, Waterloo, London
1990 & 92 The Terrace Gallery , Worthing (One Person Show); Cadogan Contemporary, London Summer Exhibition.
1989 The Judd St Gallery, Bloomsbury, London (One Person Show); Long & Rye, Zella Nine & Studio 92 Galleries
1988 Petworth House, Sussex, National Trust exhibition; Chicago Center for Print, Wolkevitzc Gallery, Chicago, USA
1984 Southover Gallery, Lewes Sussex (One Person Show)
1981 Seven Dials Gallery, Covent Garden, London 7 Artists
March 2013 issue of the Artist magazine featured article by Julian Halsby RBA with illustrations.
1995 Diocletian - a singular Man by A. Higham - illustrations by C. Aggs. Whyke Press
1987 ˜The Wall Paintings of Hardham by J. Wyatt and C. Aggs, with Illustrations by C. Aggs.
1985 Illustrations to The Worst Journey in the Midlands, by S. Llewellyn