Chris Aggs RBA

The Orchard - oil on board

Paintings of the West Sussex landscape by the award-winning RBA artist.

"I am  fascinated by the task of translating what I see into paint and consider that the world in front of my easel contains more wonderful variety than anything I could ever dream up myself."

Chris Aggs RBA studied Painting and Printmaking at City & Guilds of London Art School and continued at the Royal Academy Schools.  He is the recipient of the Rodney Burns Drawing Prize and the David Murray Landscape award.  From 1980 to 2012 he taught Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at Chelsea & Westminster Institute, City & Guilds of London Art School and University of Chichester Dept of Fine Art.  He lives and paints in the heart of the Sussex countryside, near Chanctonbury Ring.

"I see myself as a realist painter and prefer to work directly from observation. ... I am most at home working outdoors but have a studio in West Sussex with printmaking facilities where I also undertake a variety of work to commission. Ideas for paintings present themselves constantly in the landscape. I tend not to stray very far from home and concentrate on motifs near at hand in West Sussex. However I have painted landscapes in Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, California and India. 
  
I prefer to work from direct observation and paintings nearly always begin with a series of drawings as a means of getting acquainted with the subject rather than as a means of fixing its contours. I usually work in oil paint on board (sometimes canvas). Frequently the work will be carried out ‘en plein aire’ – although I do make on the spot sketches if the weather is variable or time presses – I prefer to complete larger more considered works on site rather than in the studio. This always means changing and re-working the painting to fit current conditions and often means repeated visits over many months, sometimes even returning to the same spot at the same season over several years. Like most figurative artists (for the past 150 years) I am affected by photography and do use photographic references when I cannot rely on my own observation – for instance when things are happening too fast to draw! However it is important to me to re-invent the photographic image through the medium of oil paint rather than try to make a copy." 
 
Chris Aggs RBA                                                                   Larger photos are available on request.

Tulip Tree and Fence - Oil on board

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