Chris Rivers is a self-taught artist from Manchester, England who comes from a background of art and music. His main passion growing up was playing drums which led him to being the drummer for UK rock band Heaven’s Basement for 10 years, his time during this band took him on tour all around the world, he never really thought he would do anything else.
In late 2016 he decided to step away from the music business and commit to putting all his energy into his paintings. He doesn't believe in a right or wrong way with anything creative. He enjoys the process of trial and error and learning things for yourself, it’s same mentality as he had to playing drums. He loves going into the unknown and painting with a certain amount of not having a plan about where it’ll go. His large and dramatic oil paintings are bold, abstract displays of charged colour and fine, surrealistic detail.
For his limited edition prints, Chris has a preference for Canson Aquarelle Rag, a 310 gsm matt textured, genuine 100% cotton rag watercolour paper and just recently has chosen some of his work to be printed on Hahnemühle FineArt Agave, a 290 gsm matt textured paper. 70% of this unique, environmentally friendly fine art paper is made from agave sisal fibres and 30% cotton.
Chris Rivers solo show will be opening at Pontone Gallery in London (Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea SW3).
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