Christopher Hanson undertook a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art at University of West England, Bristol followed by study at Northbrook College, Worthing and the London Atelier of Representational Art (LARA). Christopher aims to capture not only the likeness, but the essence of his sitters. 

He held his first solo exhibition, Music & Spirituality, at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning in 2018 and his painting entitled, 'Osum Wumi' was selected for BP Portrait Award 2020. The Portrait Award is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.

His forthcoming exhibition 'Skin', are large scale realistic portraits of subjects painted using traditional methods which show great accuracy and detail. His latest works of eight paintings explore the fear and fascination associated with dark skin and depiction of the Black Body as exotic, hyper-sexual and hyper mascline. “ My work explores the subconscious mind relating to ‘darkness’ and ‘blackness’ and aims to depict the beauty, mystery and unexplained power that is associated with black skin.

Chris Hanson’s exhibition will include an artist talk, a discussion on ‘Fetishism and the Black Body',  a poetry and music night and two painting workshops  in which he will discuss and teach his methodology for painting black skin, influenced by his extensive research into Jacques Marljorelle and others. A private view will be in September at The Humble Gallery.