Chris Tkacz

Watercolours, Oils, Mixed Media, Egg Tempera
Landscape, Abstract Expressionism

Chris studied at Birmingham School of Art & Design in the early 70s where he gained a BA and MA degree in Fine Art. The strong influence of American abstract painting fused with a more romantic English landscape tradition shaped his work during these formative years.

Chris has also woven the Eastern European roots of his Father’s Polish background into his complex cocktail of inspiration. In 1978 he began to teach Art & Design at Beauchamp College in Leicester and later was Head of Art and Design at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne.

After moving to Holloway in Derbyshire with his young family in the 90s, the Derbyshire Dales with all its beauty and dynamism have been the source of inspiration and subject matter for over 20 years.

Chris has taken early retirement from his teaching position and now works full time as an Artist, Picture Framer, Conservator and Restorer of Fine Art as well as working with his wife, Krystyna running Little London Gallery.

Chris has developed expertise in many media and techniques, he has combined printmaking and painting techniques as well as having a strong understanding of perspective and formal drawing and painting techniques. Creative exploration and technical control would form the basis of workshops and demonstrations together with contextual and art historical connections.

Chris is a friendly extrovert character, relaxed and confident to deliver workshops, talks, critiques and demonstrations to all ages and ability levels. His workshops and demonstrations would concentrate on both the formal and expressive aspects of picture making. Techniques include oil painting, egg tempera and drawing media. Shape - Colour - Form - Line - Composition- Perspective are the building blocks for aspiring artists to develop personal and individual responses and expression in their work.

Based in Matlock, Derbyshire, Chris is available for demonstratons, workshops and talks across the UK with expenses.

To see more of Chris work, please visit his website