Chris Eastham

Chris Eastham

Chris is a Leeds based artist who started her formal training at Leeds College of Art gaining a distinction in Foundation Studies before going on to achieve a BA in Fine Art at Trent University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Art and Design from Reading University.

After a career in teaching, she began painting full time in 2017.


In 2019,  she was a quarter-finalist on the television competition Sky Portrait Artist of the Year. Judge and Artist, Tai- Schan Schierenberg commented that Chris’ paintings  were characterised by ‘Isolated figures dreaming in Painted Places.’


Zawe Ashton, the celebrity actress whose portrait she painted in the competition, said that it was the sense of fun that she had captured in the character that made her choose Chris’ painting in preference to those of the other competitors.


Whether dreaming or full of fun, Chris hopes that her portraits convey a range of human emotions that allow the viewer to interpret the mood of the figure.


Chris’s methods are both traditional and contemporary. She loves to use her iPad as a sketchbook and as a means of collecting and working out ideas. When transferred to the canvas she prefers the lusciousness and ease of working with oil paint. Her style is economical so that only those things deemed essential are brought to the fore in the composition.


Chris is now represented by Bils and Rye contemporary art gallery in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and is also  available for portrait commissions.






2020, selected portraits, Bils and Rye, Harrogate

2020, Quarter finalist, Sky Portrait Artist of the Year competition, London.

2020, Solo exhibition of mono prints, ‘Good bone structure, easy on the eye.’ Leeds Print workshop.

2019, Wild Card contestant, Sky landscape Artist of the Year, North Yorkshire.

2019, Selected paintings and prints, Coles gallery, Leeds

2018, Solo exhibition of mono prints, The Heart arts centre, Leeds

2017,Selected paintings, ‘Roys Peoples Art Fair, Islington, London

2017, Selected portrait, Mercer Open exhibition, Harrogate


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