About Me

My name is Christopher Heald. I am an artist painter currently based in East Yorkshire.

I studied Fine Art for six years. In 2008, I began painting consistently, and in 2016, I became a full time artist.

Painting gives me wonderful opportunities to explore and look at the natural world around me.

When I look at a landscape, I ask myself questions, what colours am I actually seeing, and how is the light and atmosphere effecting those colours.
Seeing these beautiful colours is why I’m a painter, it’s what drives me to want to paint. Many paintings I do are because of the colours and light effect, as opposed to the subject matter.

I prefer to work up paintings to completion back in my studio, as the initial lay in of colour is rarely strong enough to achieve the effects I would like.

Painting the true beauty of nature is impossible, but I love the idea of trying to achieve something not possible. I hope that by working towards that in my life, I will always see progression and hopefully achieve some good things.

 

“We must not be discouraged just because utopia can never be attained” – Vincent Van Gogh

Painting for me is a journey. I treat my work like practice, everyday I practice and practice. It’s important that I can see progress, and that drives me on, as I may then be able to represent what I see better.

One of my biggest influences is Hokusai. I love this quote by him, “From the age of 6 I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75 I’ll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am 80 you will see real progress. At 90 I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At 100, I shall be a marvelous artist. At 110, everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign my self ‘The Old Man Mad About Drawing.”

Currently, I have works in private collections in the UK, France, Ukraine, Norway, Canada and Hong Kong.

I hope you enjoy my paintings.

Thank you for your support.
Christopher

 

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