The artist, Christian Furr, studied Fine Art at Wirral Metropolitan College. At the age of 28, he was the youngest artist to paint HRH Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait was commissioned for the Royal Overseas League in London, after the Queen herself chose him from a short-list of artists.
Christian says, ‘My time at WMC was invaluable and really set me up for my future career. It acted as a catalyst. It tested, inspired and taught me at the same time. It encouraged me to always keep my mind open to different creative possibilities and to be prepared to assassinate myself for a higher creative goal.
‘My tutors Joe, Ken and Pete at WMC were great. They taught me to see the heroism in everyday life. Things that were immediately around me became viable subjects for Art. I remember one time Pete Davies taking us all down the Dock Road in Liverpool on a bitterly cold February day … A motley bunch of disgruntled, slightly resentful teenagers duly traipsed down this road with our drawing stuff thinking, “Where the hell are we going?”. There didn’t seem to be anything there. Eventually we got to the end and he said, “Right, start drawing”. I thought, “You’ve got to be having a laugh … there’s nothing here and my fingers are turning blue”. But once we started, we found things. I drew a broken window. When we finished he said, “You’ll remember this day and thank me”. And I do!’
Following his time at Wirral Metropolitan College, he went on to graduate from De Montfort University with a first class degree in Fine Art. He has exhibited extensively around the world and at shows and galleries in London, including the Mall, Francis Kyle and the National Portrait Gallery.