Anthony Christian

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Anthony Christian (b. 24 October 1945 in London, United Kingdom) is a British painter.[1]

Starting at the age of 10, child prodigy Anthony Christian studied the techniques of the "Old Masters" at the National Gallery in London. Throughout his time at the National Gallery and for a further seven years Anthony studied the works of Rubens, Rembrandt and other Old Masters. His painting and drawing style most resembles the techniques of Leonardo da Vinci.

In his earlier days Anthony earned his living as a portrait artist, painting among others Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Baroness Olympia de Rothschild, Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza, Count Guido di Carpegna, Lord Lichfield, Blake Edwards, Julie Christie and Terence Stamp.

His work features in certain private art collections such as Gore Vidal, Baroness Marie-Helene de Rothschild, Viscountess Jacqueline de Ribes, Mrs J Heinz, Bill Blass, HM Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs. James Lipton and Herbie Hancock.

His wife, Marian Fanny Christian, is also an artist. Fanny's style is probably unique in its form and uninfluenced by Christian's work although they sometimes combine their drawing skills to produce beautiful Collaborations

Biography[edit]

In 1957 the newspapers announced Anthony Christian (known at the time as Howard Clanford) as a Child Prodigy since, having started at only ten years of age, he was studying art at The National Gallery, making him the youngest person ever to have permission to copy there. This honour is normally reserved for professional artists and students, but certainly never to anyone under the age of eighteen, making Christian's position unique even to this day. For the press that was a story in itself, but the thing that really grabbed their attention was the subject that Christian had chosen to copy and the sheer quality of the painting he was producing.

The painting he copied was Philip Wouwermans' 'A Cavalry Battle', an extremely large and complicated painting measuring 6 feet by 4 feet 6 inches. So daunting was this painting that no other artist had ever attempted to reproduce it, but at only 10 years of age Anthony Christian was doing exactly that. It took him over six years to complete. During that time he had received offers up to £25,000 (in 1957) By the early sixties he was making a name for himself as a portrait painter, receiving commissions from the world's rich and famous, which sent him travelling all over the world from New York to Nepal. Come the eighties he had become very well known for his preservation of the Renaissance techniques; Society Magazine referred to him as "the World's fore-most Renaissance-style painter". But commissions never pleased him as his clients rarely wanted an image of themselves as his eye saw them, but rather an idealized version themselves. Christian wanted to become a Master of his own unique style that honoured the techniques of the Old Masters, and he realised that he could not achieve this through endless commissions.

So he left the mainstream market and sought refuge in Asia, and thus Anthony Christian disappeared from the Western World. He continued to paint in Asia, in fact by being free to his own style and inspiration he became extremely prolific. He experimented with technique and genre creating very inspired works. In 1988 he settled in Bali where he established his first gallery which was extremely popular with clients across Asia.

In 1994 he moved to India and found great inspiration in the country's landscape and culture, and later established the Ichor Foundation which has now expanded into India's center for bio-dynamic farming.


1945 Born in London, 24 October 1945
1955-60 Painted in the National Gallery studying painting techniques, received national and international publicity as a child prodigy.
1960 Began earning a living as a portrait artist. Portraits include Antonio Vargas, Howard Greer and Blake Edwards.
1966 ROME: Portraits include Count Guido di Carpegna and Prince Edmondo Ruspoli.
1967 MOROCCO: Portraits include HRH Princess Lala Fattima Zahra and Mr George Ansley.
1968 LONDON: Portraits include Mr Peter Cazelet, race horse trainer to the Queen Mother, and his family.
1969 A One Man Exhibition of drawings at the Upper Grosvenor Gallery, London. Received commissions from Cambridge University to draw professors Binnie and French. Also drew the portrait of the Bishop of St Albans.
1970 A One Man Exhibition of landscape oils at the Upper Grosvenor Gallery. Painted the portrait of Lord Rothermere. Exhibited at the Albert White Gallery in Toronto. Exhibited at the Palm Beach Gallery in Florida. Portraits in New York include Niccolò Tucci and Henry Mattison.
1972 One Man Exhibition of landscape oils at the Hazlitt Gallery, London. Portraits include Baroness Fiona Thyssen-Bornemisza, Patricia Rawlings, Lord Boothby, and Shawn Phillips.

PARIS: Portraits include Baron Alexis de Redé, General Billote and Marisa Berensen.

1973 ROME: Portraits include Luigi Barzini and his family.

FLORENCE: Portraits include Countess Frescabaldi, and Countess Ruccini.
MILAN: Portraits include Piero Stucchi and family. Signora Anna Crespi.

1974 Exhibited the painting Girl With An Apple at Wildenstein Gallery, London. Portraits include Lord Lichfield, Terence Stamp, Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland.
SPAIN: Portraits include Viscomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes.
BRUSSELS: Portraits include Count Rene Boel and Sir Christopher Soames.
1975 LONDON: Portraits include Lord Mountbatten and Vladimir Vasilliev.

PARIS: Portraits include Paul-Louis Weiller, Monsieur Jean de Beistegui, Baronne Olympia de Rothschild, Prince Michael de Bourbonne Parme.

1984-85 Travels through Morocco. Work is sold throughout the United States by Circle Galleries and R K Parker Galleries, New York.
1986 Exhibits at Hammer Galleries, New York, then travels extensively through Europe.
1988 Travelled extensively painting in Asia, moved to Bali at the end of the year.
1989 Built private gallery and museum in Bali, immediately successful with visitors all over the world.
1990 Independence gained through the 'Collection Ichor' and its many visitors throughout the year, including some of Asia's most important collectors.
1991 First Catalogue of Limited Edition work, entitled 'A.Christian', is published and meets with great success in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the United States.
1992 Painting in Asia, developing a new concept of showing several pictures at a time portrayed in a single work, entitled 'Door Frames'.
1993 Extensive travelling arranging the showing of 'Ichor Collection', which now includes 'Door Frames'.
1994 A dramatic change of style, experimenting within the realms of surrealism. Moves to India and establishes Ichor Foundation. Continues to exhibit throughout Asia and the USA.
2000-05 Establishes a European base in Yorkshire, England whilst maintaining Ichor in India which has expanded to become a centre for bio dynamic farming. Work exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland and India. Continues to work in the realms of erotic surrealism. Completed Volume One of God's Brush.
2006 God's Brush, Volume 1 - The Child That Art Made, Anthony Christian's autobiography published.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anthony Christian's Biography". ICHOR Gallery. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 

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