About Me

My name is Christopher Heald. I was born in Berkshire, UK in 1974. 

I studied Fine Art for six years, and began painting consistently in 2008. In 2016, My wife and I moved from Richmond, London to East Yorkshire and I began life as a painter full time. 

I am passionate about painting and inspired to paint by what I see in nature. The joy of being in nature, is being able to feel the elements, the sense of space and scale, and the beautiful colours that become apparent the more I look. I would like the viewer to feel that in my paintings. 

I paint each element of a landscape as if I’m creating it. I’ll move and twist my brush (and often ruin them) as if I’m actually creating the rocks or water etc. I also love Japanese prints and like to explore compositions that may not be natural or traditional, and trying to communicate to the viewer what the light and weather is doing without showing it directly. 

Painting the true beauty of nature is impossible, but aiming for the impossible and natural progression is what drives me to paint and draw everyday. 

I can be found either on some windswept coastal path, or back at my studio in East Yorkshire working up the effects to completion. I work predominantly in oils as for a painter who loves colour, oils have a delicious richness to them. 

I love the sea, because it gives a landscape another large surface that reflects light and has movement. A landscape is brought to life by the light and atmosphere upon it, creating a harmony of colours specific to that moment you are seeing. With that in mind, I’ll often look for surfaces and shapes within a landscape, that will show that moment of light and atmosphere best. 

It’s been a wonderful few years in Yorkshire so far, I’ve met such lovely and kind people, I’m looking forward to many more years painting the landscape here and a far. 

I have exhibited in the U.K. and France, and have paintings in private collections in the U.K., Europe, Hong Kong, Canada and the US. 

 

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Painting on the Promenade Le Corbusier, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Cote D’Azur 2019.

 

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