From the crashing of the sea on rocks in Pembrokeshire to the intricate architectural detail of his townscapes, artist Christopher Langley finds huge inspiration in his Welsh surroundings.
Raised in Pontypridd, Chris is a self-taught artist whose work has been shown in New York, Glasgow, London, and of course Cardiff, with two National Welsh Exhibitions sponsored by Julie Morgan AM and Mick Antoniw AM.
A committee member of the South Wales Art Society and an artist in residence at the Celtic Manor Resort, he now lives in Cardiff. With styles raging from oil based impressionism to digital expressionism, Langley is influenced by David Hockney, Barry Hilton, Gillian McDonald, and Welsh artist Corrie Chiswell.
Christopher’s work features in private and corporate collections worldwide and is a committee member of the South Wales Art Society, one of the oldest established societies of its kind in the world and is a regular contributor.
Christopher says when you invest in an original painting by him, you’re not just buying a painting. You’re also investing in his personal art a service. He is in demand by private individuals and companies for commissions and consultancy where he will be happy to visit your home on request, and work with you to find the best location for your painting.
He is available to consult with you on any art matters as It is important to Christopher that his collectors are looked after personally.
With many interests and influences, I seldom produce a range paintings based on a particular theme or style. I am inspired by variety. I look at images; I fame in my mind’s’ eye. If it resonates with me I react by creating an impression. My aim is to look for beauty in the mundane and the ordinary, and translate onto canvas.
Recently featured on BBC Radio Wales, Cardiff TV and online on the BBC News Arts section, I’m presenting a series on Cardiff Pubs – Past Present which is a series of works describing a narrative in a historical and cultural context.Design
Chris’ latest designs show some of Cardiff’s landmark pubs from the past and present – and now these paintings will be featured in a new exhibition.
Christopher Langley, 55, produces the striking paintings using his own technique that involves ink and acrylic as well as some secret methods.
Pubs featured in the images include the Golden Cross, The Vulcan and The Cow and Snuffers.
“The owner of the Butchers Arms and the Black Cock, James Lovegrove, commissioned me to do some paintings. It proved really popular so I put together some more of pubs in the city.”
A work called ‘Turbines in Red’ was selected for The 2013 Lumen Prize Online Gallery. The Gallery received over 700 works from 45 countries. The Lumen International Selection Committee voted ‘Turbines in Red’ in the top 50 works to go onto an international gallery tour.
Pontypridd on Gold’ was featured in the Critique evening at the South Wales Art Society in Cardiff during April 2017 went very well.
Presented by international artist and teacher Adrian Metcalfe, the work was received very well.
Although Adrian did not recognise specifically of Pontypridd town (Adrian is from Yorkshire), he felt the painting had warmth and character. The buildings in the foreground he said, gives a close knit community feel.
Adrian noted the attention to detail of the terraced houses in the background; the colours adding to a great atmosphere. The painting was bought a week later my one of my collectors, Dr T. Pryce Brown.
Dave Morgan of Newport asked if I could paint something unique and very personal for him. A painting of the lovely lady in his life – in the #Garden of #Eden!
Dave and me chatted about a few concepts and images. I did a few sketches and when Dave was happy, I started the painting.
The photos detail how I built up the painting over several days.
I presented the finished work to Dave today. He was delighted. Dave will tell me soon after he’s presented the painting to her a very special gift, how she liked it.
On February 26th 2017, Chris was invites onto BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new concept: a series on Cardiff Pubs – Past Present. This is a series of works describing a narrative in a historical and cultural context.
Castle Welsh Crafts is a family business situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre – opposite the main entrance to Cardiff castle.
Castle Welsh Crafts was started by the Rice family over 35 years ago and was originally found in the near by Castle Arcade. When the opportunity arose to move to our present location, Managing director Bob Rice, seen here with an origilal oil painting by Chris Langley, grabbed it with both hands and has continued to develop the business ever since.
Bob’s daughter is now a Director of business and is ensuring that the company ethos of warm welcome (in the hillside), excellent customer service and value for money continued into the digital age.
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