From Bristol, Chris graduated from the University of West England in 2001, with BA (Hons) in Illustration.

Primarily a fashion illustrator, Chris has produced illustrations for Zara, Spain and his work has been published in fashion and creative press in the US, Australia and Europe. In 2017, he was the featured artist in Voir Magazine and in 2018 his worked featured in the Brazilian fashion magazine, Revista Caterina. In 2018, he was also featured in the PatternBook blog, as ‘one to watch’. In July 2018, the fashion designer Carolina Herrera used one of Chris’s illustrations on her Instagram page.

My reason for illustrating is to explore form. I was a stone sculptor and this remains even when working in 2D, I still feel a compulsion to ‘carve the page’. The designs of Comme des Garçons resonate for me – the sculptural forms are a constant source of inspiration. Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti is probably my biggest influence, the composition and colour of his work is breath-taking. He manages to set up a tension of movement and vibration within an image.

I am in a constant state of flux with materials and working method as every image seems to suggest a different tool. I don’t think I have ever settled into a style and not sure if I ever will.

Chris has previously exhibited in Paris and has sold his work privately.  However, this is the first occasion that his work has been shown in an art gallery.  We consider Chris’s beautiful illustrations to be ‘works of art’ in their own right and are delighted and privileged to be showing them here..  We are not at all surprised he has so many followers and collectors of his work.

Chris has many collectors of his work, both nationally and internationally – we happily post out his unframed pieces to the UK and abroad. Please enquire for further details.

We often get new pieces in to replenish those sold – Chris’ work does not hang around for long!

Harrogate Gallery, Chris Gambrell, Miumiu