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Christian Furr: A Retrospective

Christian Furr, The Exuberant Fertility of the Universal Will

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Williamson Art Gallery and Museum
Slatey Road
Birkenhead
CH43 4UE

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Tel: 0151 666 3537

Visual Arts

The internationally renowned, Wirral-born artist Christian Furr is returning to the borough this autumn for a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum. Christian Furr: A Retrospective will be the first time that the Wirral Met College alumnus’ artworks will have been shown together in one place. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 24 November.

In 1995, aged 28, Christian Furr became the youngest artist to paint HM Queen Elizabeth II after being commissioned by Royal Overseas League – a print of which will be included in the exhibition. Furr's successive works have adorned the walls of the Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the private collection at the Vatican. This new exhibition charts his early interests in learning from the figurative tradition and features examples of his more recent collaborations with other artists. A new self-portrait will also be unveiled for the show. 

Born in Heswall, Wirral and educated at Ladymount Primary School, Heswall followed by St Anselm’s College in Birkenhead. He later attended Wirral Met College for a foundation year in art and went on to study for a Fine Art degree at De Montfort University. In 2004, Furr was awarded the Association of Colleges Award at the House of Commons in London, given to further education alumni who have gone on to achieve excellence in their chosen field, in connection with his time at Wirral Metropolitan College in Wallasey. As President of Wirral Met’s Alumni, and an ambassador for Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, his exhibition provides a perfect opportunity to further promote the borough on a regional, national and international stage. 

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