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CHRISTIAN, ANTHONY
Anthony Christian
 
Starting at the age of ten (1955), 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.


BIOGRAPHY

In 1957, the newspapers announced Anthony Christian 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 honor 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 was copying was Philip Wouwermans’ ‘A Cavalry Battle,’ an extremely large and complicated painting measuring 6 feet by 4 feet by 6 inches.  So daunting was this painting that no other artist has 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, and during that time, he had received offers up to 25,000 (almost $200,000 at today’s rate).  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 traveling 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 of themselves.  Christian wanted to become a Master of his own unique style that honored the techniques of the Old Masters, and he realized that he could not achieve this through commissions
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So he left 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.
He has recently moved back to the United States and lives in Yorkshire with his wife.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
London                                        ~ Upper Grosvenor Gallery
Cambridge                                   ~ University Gallery
Toronto                                       ~ Albert White Gallery
Palm Beach                                  ~ Palm Beach Gallery
London                                        ~ Hazlitt Gallery
Milan                                           ~ Stucchi Collection
Spain                                           ~ Ribes Collection
Brussels                                       ~ Soames Collection
London                                        ~ Mountbatten Collection
New York                                   ~ R.K. Parker Gallery
New York                                   ~ Hammer Gallery
Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo    ~ Ichor Collection

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