Chris Stevens studied Fine Art at the University of Reading. He is a figurative painter who has exhibited regularly since graduating in 1978. He curated REALITY, Modern and Contemporary British Painting for the Sainsbury Centre which subsequently travelled to The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. This was a survey of representational painting from Sickert to the present day including artists such as Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Paula Rego, George Shaw and as well as his own work. Solo exhibitions include the Beaux Arts, London, he PM Gallery, London, Smelik & Stokking and Galerie Rademakers in Amsterdam, the GlynnVivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea and the Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff. Group shows include Fussball in Der Kunst, with Andy Warhol and Marcus Lupert in Germany, the BP Portrait Award at the National Gallery London, and Heads at Flowers East, London. He has been a prizewinner in the BP Portrait Award, 50 over 50 and more recently in the Painted Faces exhibition organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Windsor & Newton. He has also undertaken Arts Council residencies at Sunderland Football Club and Birmingham International Airport. He has work in public and private collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Gallery of Wales, Unilever, Galerija Portreta, Bosnia & Hertzegovena and many private collections in UK, South Africa, USA and Europe.
He lives and works in London and France.
1974-78 University of Reading
Work from Somewhere Else, Youngblood, Cape Town, South Africa
REALITY, Modern & Contemporary British Painting, The Walker Art Galley, Liverpool 2015
Curated and exhibiting in an exhibition including amongst others Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Lucien Freud, Walter Sickert, LS Lowry, George Shaw and Jock McFadyan.
2017 The Poetry of the Real, Beaux Arts, London (with Hockney, Bacon, Sickert, Bomberg, Auerbach, Harris & Richardson)
Work from Somewhere Else. Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Come Rain Come Shine, Beaux Arts, London
London Art Fair, London, (with Beaux Arts)
2016 Liquid Thought, De Queeste, Belgium.
Lapada Art Fair, London. (with Beaux Arts)
Summer Exhibition, Beaux Arts, London
The Age of Reason, Beaux Arts, London (solo)
BADA Art Fair, London, (with Beaux
2015 Contrastes, Galleria Emergentes dst, Braga, Portugal.
El Camino, Hortensia Gallery, London.
The Contemporary Portrait, Thompson’s , London
West, Griffin Gallery, London
REALITY, Modern & Contemporary British Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Chris Stevens, Laxeiro Museo Municipal Ramon Ma Aller, Lalin, Spain (solo)
2014 Clive Beardsmore collection, Walsall New Art Gallery.
Recent Work, Hortensia Gallery, London
REALITY, Modern & Contemporary British Painting, Sainsbury Centre, Norwich.
METROESCAPES Laxeiro Museo Municipal Ramon Ma Aller, Lalin, Spain
2013 Painted Faces, Saatchi Gallery, Griffin Gallery, London
RAG 50 x 40, Riverside Studios, London
Stars in Your Eyes, The Institute of Physics, London
Elective Affinities, Brentwood Road Gallery, London
2012 Context, Roves & Roams, Reading. (solo)
40x40, Riverside Studios, London
The 7th Ealing Open, PM Gallery, London
2011 40x40, Riverside Studios, London
XIV Interbifep, Galerija Portreta, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovena
X Biennial Painter Laxeiro, Museo Municipal Ramon Ma Aller, Lalin, Spain
Antes e Agora, Museo Municipale, Ourense, Spain
2010 Cluster, Stone Gallery, Dublin
6th Ealing Open, PM Gallery, London
Twelve Degrees, Apricot Gallery, London.
2009 Group exhibition, De Queeste, Brussels.
1984, Kowolsky Gallery, London
2008 Time Space and the Other,, De Queeste Kunstkamers, Belgium.
2007 Galerie Radekers, Amsterdam. (solo)
Modern Figure, Oisin Gallery, Dublin.
Beyond The Narrative, PM Gallery, London.
2006 Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Rotterdam. (solo)
RAG, Riverside Studios, London
Heads, Flowers East, London.
Studio Show, Space Studios, Richmond House, London.
50over50, University of Brighton Gallery.
Miniatuur 06, Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Den Haag, Amsterdam & Rotterdam.
4th Ealing Open, PM Gallery, London.
2005 Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Amsterdam, (solo)
Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Den Haag. (solo)
Miniatuur 05, Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Den Haag, Rotterdam & Amsterdam.
Sven Hoekstra, Frank Dekkers, Rob van Hoek & Chris Stevens. Smelik & Stokking
2004 35Jaar, Smelik & Stokking Galleries, Den Haag.