Christopher Le Brun is a painter, printmaker and sculptor. Born in Portsmouth in 1951 he trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art, London. In his early career, he was a double prize winner at the John Moores exhibitions, 1978 & 1980, also showing in the Venice Biennale, 1980, and the ground-breaking Zeitgeist at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin 1982.
He has since exhibited extensively worldwide, and his work can be found in many major museum collections including Tate, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; British Museum, London, UK; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; The Whitworth, Manchester, UK and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA. Sculpture in the public realm includes Union (horse with two discs), 2000 at the Museum of London, City Wing, 2013 on the site of the former stock exchange at Threadneedle Street and The Monument to Victor Hugo, 2013 on the quayside in St Helier, Jersey.
He served as a trustee of Tate 1990-1995, The National Gallery 1996-2003, Dulwich Picture Gallery 2000-2005, and as a founding trustee of the Royal Drawing School 2003-2016. He is currently a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
He was elected the first Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy in 2000, where since 2011 he has been the President, the 26th since Sir Joshua Reynolds, and the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.