Chris Prewett

Christopher Prewett has worked as a full-time artist since graduating from Canterbury College of Art in1975. His work has been exhibited in the UK, France, Austria, Denmark, Italy and Cyprus. His work is in public collections in the UK and France and in private collections in Europe, the Americas, Canada and Australia.

Prewett uses traditional media in both a realistic and an expressionistic style. His specialities of portraiture and landscape are sometimes united in his "thematic" works that are mainly social realist and sometimes satirical in nature. 

In the late 1970s, he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy of Art, London, and won first prize in a national art competition. In 1979, he exhibited alongside David Hockney and Roderick Barrett in a show of five artists' work at Ellingham Mill, Suffolk. In the late 70s and early 80s, he exhibited regularly with the Paton Gallery, London. He lived and worked in Spain in 1983 and then in southern Italy in 1985. He was provided with studios by various sponsors; notably the Harrisons of Northampton from 1986-89. A film about his work was broadcast on Anglia TV's programme, Folio, in 1986.

In the late 80s and 90s, he established himself as an accomplished portrait artist and was selected several times for the National Portrait/BP Portrait Awards and he was awarded second prize in 1993.

He moved to France in 1989, restored a house and created a studio and gallery at Labrousse. While in France during the 1990's, he gained notoriety by painting seventeen life-sized portraits of local traders and professionals in the village of Catus, and exhibited their portraits in their shop windows and places of work. A later watercolour version of one of the participants, renowned chef Alexis Pelissou, won second prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition in 2000. He also made appearances on French television.

In 2004, he was selected to show in the Norwich Castle Surprise exhibition with eighteen internationally known artists, including: Michael Andrews, De Kooning, De Stael, Elizabeth Frink, Sam Francis, Goldman, Hockney, Nicola Hicks, Roger Hilton, Hodgkin, Patrick Hughes, Alan Jones, Miro, Ana Maria Pacheco, Paula Rego, Pasmore and Rosenquist,

Having lived in the Lot region of France for twenty years, he decided in 2009 to turn his attention to painting the river Lot.

Between 2009 and 2013, he worked on a project entitled "24km", a work of 16m in length that consisted of five triptychs representing 24km of the river between Cahors and Puy L'Eveque. As a result of this work and his services to the community, he was awarded a Rotary prize.

He was invited to be the Parrain du Festival at Rocheserviere Nantes in 2012.

His work has been represented by The John Davies Gallery, Moreton in Marsh since 2006 and by Le Domain Perdu in Meyrals since 2010.

Chris currently lives and works Brighton and France.