Chris was born in 1956 and is the son of a toolmaker. He studied at Redruth School of Art before working in a number of foundries, where he developed his knowledge of casting techniques, metal and woodwork.
Inspired by the great St Ives abstract artists, particularly Barbara Hepworth and Dennis Mitchell, he lives with his family in Cornwall and is a member of the Penwith Society of Arts.
Most of Chris’ sand cast bronze sculptures are pure abstract, although he usually has a mental image of a piece’s eventual form from the moment he starts working. As he says: ‘for me the evolution of a piece is an organic process. There’s no planning or drawing.’ In his studio, Chris surrounds himself with found objects and treasures, from cuttlefish to scrap metal – the chance discoveries that inform his creativity.
The moment a casting arrives from the foundry, Chris begins the painstaking finishing processes: grinding, filling, texturing, patinating and polishing. When the new form is finally mounted, he always feels a thrill and sense of achievement, enjoying the contrasting surfaces and innate balance of each work.