London based artist Christabel Blackburn studied Classics at Newcastle University. Eager to explore her artistic talent, she spent a year in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios learning traditional drawing and sculpting techniques. She then went on to study for two years at the London Atelier of Representational Art where she learnt to paint and continued to develop her skills in sculpting.
Christabel’s work has evolved dramatically over the past ten years, moving away from traditional techniques and adopting a more minimal approach. An almost sole focus on painting people has cultivated a talent for capturing the essence of a person and she now seeks to explore the nature of what it means to be human in a chaotic world.
Christabel’s most recent series explores the relationship between ourselves and our surroundings. With photographic stillness, her paintings capture moments experienced in everyday life, from a street scene to a lone figure in an art gallery. Christabel has an instinctive and innate ability to convey the psyche of her subject matter without facial expression, by stripping back and using minimal information, allowing the viewer to exchange places with figure, becoming part of the painting itself. Christabel finds solace, space and quiet in these situations in an increasingly busy and fast paced city, and it is these moments of stillness she seeks to encapsulate in her paintings.
March 2019 ‘Multiples’, Bridgeman Editions
March 2019 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, Panter and Hall
November 2018 Alex Eagle, Lexington St.
October 2018 The Other Art Fair, Holborn
June 2018 Alex Eagle, Lexington st.
2018 Recent Work, Chelsea Arts Club
2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
2017 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, Panter and Hall
2016 Young Artist’s Annual Exhibition, Guggleton Arts Project
2016 Young Masters Exhibition, Royal Opera Arcade Gallery, Pall Mall
2016 Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition
2016 Dorset Art Weeks, Guggleton Arts Project
2016 Christabel Blackburn: Recent Paintings, The Foundry Gallery, London
2016 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2015 ‘The Other Side,’ Chelsea Arts Club Group Exhibtion, London
2015 Charity Exhibition in Aid of Young Minds, London
2013 Guggleton Arts Project, Young Artists Exhibition, Dorset
2013 Summerleaze Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Dorset
2013 Scholarship Award winner at The Royal Bath and West Show, Dorset
2012 Food and Art Pop Up Exhibition, Battersea, London
2012 Solo Exhibition, The Hare Gallery, Dorset
2011 Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2010 Solo exhibition, Goldhill Farm, Dorset
2010 Society of Portrait Sculptors, Cork Street Gallery, London