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|Born||1966 (age 52–53)|
Heswall, Wirral, England, UK
Furr was educated at Ladymount Primary School, Heswall and St Anselm's College, Birkenhead. He later did a foundation course at Wirral Metropolitan College and a Fine Art degree at De Montfort University.
In 1995, at the age of 28, he was commissioned by the Royal Overseas League to paint Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen chose Furr from among a number of artists, and the portrait was painted at Buckingham Palace. The portrait hangs on permanent display at the Royal Overseas League headquarters in London and is viewable by the public.
In 2016 Furr inadvertently helped create a media frenzy when he expressed concern that the artist Anish Kapoor had gained the exclusive rights to Vantablack, known as 'the blackest black'. Furr, who had planned to use Vantablack in a series of paintings called Animals,after seeing the feature on BBC's The One Show 'Vantablack, the darkest black invented' told The Mail on Sunday: 'I've never heard of an artist monopolising a material. Using pure black in an artwork grounds it. All the best artists have had a thing for pure black – JMW Turner, Manet, Goya. This black is like dynamite in the art world. We should be able to use it. It isn't right that it belongs to one man.' In November 2018, Furr launched a new super-black he initiated at the Science Museum, London, developed by Imperial College London Scientists; Hin Chun Yau and Francois de Luca. '7Black' was incorporated in a neon artwork in the shape of a pair of spectacles entitled ‘Black Eye- Third Sight’. Furr stated that this black body material would be available to any artist that wanted to use it.
In November 2012, Furr curated the art exhibition "Liverpool Love" at the new Museum of Liverpool in aid of Claire House Hospice. The exhibition included works by Yoko Ono, Sir Peter Blake David Mach and many respected artists from the art and music scene. In June 2011, Furr was commissioned to paint Blenheim Palace during GE Triathlon. The painting was bought by Jamie Blandford for public display at the Palace in 2014 when it was auctioned to raise funds for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust by GE.
In 2010, with the chairman, Furr presented HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with a print of his portrait of the Queen on behalf of the Eccentric Club of which he is a member at The Arts Club, Mayfair, London.
In 2008, he was commissioned to paint Sultan, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. In 2002, Furr painted Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor for Westminster Cathedral along with Bishop Patrick O'Donoghue and Bishop George Stack.
In 2005, Britvic commissioned Furr to create a painting marking 70 years of Robinsons (drink) the Wimbledon Championships on Centre Court. The giant canvas featuring Tim Henman and Fred Perry was completed by over one thousand people at Wimbledon. The original hangs at britvic headquarters, UK.
In 2013 Furr had a show of neon artworks created with the late Chris Bracey entitled 'The Staying Alive Neon Collection'. The show received critical acclaim in the British press including The Independent.
In 2013 Furr was appointed to the board of the British Inspiration Awards where he nominated Peter Blake (artist) for a special recognition award in his 80th year. Furr is an active member of the Chelsea Arts Club and the London Sketch Club.
In 2014 he was appointed to the Artists' General Benevolent Institution 'AGBI' is the oldest charity in Great Britain and was founded by JMW Turner. In 2015 he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts His work features in prominent collections globally including 45 Park Lane the Dorchester Collection.
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- 'Anish Kapoor is Given Exclusive rights to Vantablack'
- 'THE SUN : LIVING WITH OUR STAR 28 NOVEMBER 2018 #SMLATES #SEETHENEWBLACK'
- 'Thomas van Straubenzee & Lady Melissa Percy by Christian Furr'
- 'Princes William and Harry lead glittering guest list at close friend's society wedding'
- 'A photograph of Christian Furr, HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Imants Von Wenden'
- "Wimbledon's crowd drawing Henman", BBC News, 21 June 2005.
- British Inspiration Awards
- 'An Artful Deco at the Newest Hotel in Mayfair'
- 'Renowned Artist Backs college's culture plans'
- Hall of Fame 2004 Archived 2013-08-24 at the Wayback Machine, Association of Colleges. Retrieved 2013-02-11.