Chris Christoforou

Chris Christoforou has been a professional artist for 30 years and has built an international reputation for his work, since he started as a commercial artist. He is well known for his depictions of wildlife, although he enjoys painting all manner of different subjects. He has written many articles for art magazines on various art materials, including his own painting techniques.

By popular demand, Chris has constructed a number of illustrated talks which have proved to be very popular with art societies and clubs. They are very informative, factual and dazzling presentations with stunning photography. He explains why particular photographic shots were taken and how they are used as reference for paintings or drawings. He talks about good composition and how to use certain photographs and what to look for in a piece of reference material.

‘In Search of Tigers’ is a talk based on a field trip Chris undertook to Rhanthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, India. The talk shows the amazing landscapes, skies and diversity of birds and animals, in India’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of national parks. He illustrates his quest to find the rare and elusive wild Bengal Tigers for his paintings, whilst observing the wildlife and ancient temples, now reclaimed by the jungles of Rhanthambhore. This is a true ‘Jungle Book’ experience.

‘Project Africa -A Field Trip for Conservation’. This presentation shows the incredible animals and awesome landscape of East Africa. Chris explains the conservation aspect of this field trip in conjunction with the wildlife charity ‘Project Life Lion’. He reveals how the reference material was used in paintings to raise valuable funds for Project Life Lion to help save the wildlife from the deadly disease, canine distemper. The breath taking beauty of the birds and animals from the East African jungles and savannahs, are something all artists should experience at least once in their lives. Chris shows some examples of his finished artwork and a selection of the best reference material Africa has to offer. This is truly an artist’s paradise filled with colour and spectacle.

‘The Beauty in Your Backyard’. This talk illustrates the sheer beauty and wealth of incredible reference material that can be taken within the vicinity of your own backyard. Chris shows examples of the amazing birds, animals, flowers, landscapes, skies and local wildlife that can be used in paintings or drawings. He also includes samples of reference material taken for the more unusual backgrounds. He also points out the important use of light in the reference material and shows examples. This slide show presentation is informative, inspiring and useful to all that have an interest in art and the world around them.

‘Living with Big Cats – An Artist’s View’. Big Cats have featured extensively in Chris’s life and work. In the past, he lived with them on a full time basis and helped to hand rear many young cats, the best ‘hands on’ experience any artist painting wildlife could ever have. This talk shows the many examples of cats that Chris has painted and looked after, from the beauty and majesty of the Snow Leopard to the sheer power and awesome sight of the Black Panther. He shows examples of how he has used the experience and knowledge he gathered whilst living at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. This talk also illustrates how images of captive animals in enclosures, can be created to simulate wild settings, using the art of composition and cropping of photographs. This talk is an exotic experience of wild proportions and a must for all lovers of art, big cats and wildlife.