Summer Exhibition 2019

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Royal Academy of Arts
Main Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAuley Gallery
Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

10 June - 12 August 2019

Following last year’s record-breaking 250th Summer Exhibition, the annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2019.

This year British painter Jock McFadyen RA takes the mantle from Grayson Perry to co-ordinate the 251st Summer Exhibition.

Le Brun presents two installations of Doubles paintings. These oil on paper diptychs are also the subject of the book Doubles, written by Dr Anna Dempster and published by Ridinghouse.

Outside the galleries, Thomas Houseago takes over the RA courtyard and the exhibition will spill out into nearby Bond Street with a colourful installation of flags featuring work by Michael Craig-Martin RA.

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Drawing Biennial 2019

The Drawing Room
1-27 Rodney Place, London, SE17 1PP

20 February - 26 March 2019

An exhibition and auction of over 200 works on paper, showcasing the most exciting artists working today. In the exhibition, artists associated with the medium of drawing sit alongside those better known as sculptors or painters.

Culminating in an online auction in the exhibition’s final two weeks, all works are available to purchase from a starting bid of £300. Proceeds from the auction support Drawing Room’s exhibition, learning and publishing programme and growth of its unique study library.

Le Brun presents a drawing made for a commission by Royal Mint in 2006 for gold and silver bullion coins representing Britannia.

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Under the Night Sky

Albertz Benda
515 W 26th Street, New York, NY 10001

25 October - 21 December 2018

Under the Night Sky explores the numerous ways in which the frontier of the night sky influences the human psyche and continues to hold artists in its grip. The exhibition brings together significant works by modern, post-war, contemporary artists and designers with a selection of seminal Central Asian rugs. The works in the exhibition engage with the night sky on both conscious and unconscious levels, featuring the interplay between literal homages to the night sky and works with looser interpretations of the theme, whose makers innately channel the emotive presence of night.

Le Brun presents a new large oil painting.

For more information please click here.

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Southampton City Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Commercial Road, Southampton, S014 7LY

13 September 2018 - 12 January 2019

This solo exhibition will bring together new paintings and works on paper. These recent paintings in their handling, colour and visionary qualities affirm Le Brun's position in a line of English painters extending from Gainsborough and Turner, through Blake and Palmer, to Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchens and Patrick Heron.  

“Since the 1970s he has been producing paintings that defy categorisation but which are... possessed of an energy and drama at odds with the irony and theoretical baggage common to most British contemporary art.” Digby Warde-Aldam, The Week, July 2018.          

This exhibition will feature a large-scale installation from Le Brun’s current body of work, Doubles. This series of diptychs explores the idea of composition by juxtaposing independent paintings to achieve greater complexity of expression. For Le Brun, the process of painting itself involves an intrinsic duality: "cover, uncover, discover – this is the essence of painting’s truth." 

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New Painting


Lisson Gallery
67 Lisson Street, London, NW1 5DA

4 July — 18 August 2018

Christopher Le Brun’s first exhibition with Lisson Gallery features a series of arresting large-scale paintings produced over the past two years. 

A fully illustrated book published with an introduction by Lisson's founder Nicholas Logsdail and an essay by art historian Ben Street accompanies the show. Now available via Cornerhouse Publications.

For more information please click here.

Summer Exhibition 2018

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Royal Academy of Arts
Main Galleries, The Sackler Wing of Galleries and The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

12 June - 19 August 2018

Each summer the RA galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by internationally renowned artists and exciting new talent. This year, the 250th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums. 

The exhibition extends across the newly-expanded cultural campus, with prints on display in The Sackler Wing of Galleries and a “room of humour” in the new Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery featuring David Shrigley and Martin Parr. The art extravaganza even spills out into the streets of London’s West End, with an installation of over 200 flags designed by Royal Academicians.

As always, most of the art is for sale and purchases help raise money for the Academy’s non-profit-making activities, including educating the next generation of artists in the  Royal Academy Schools. Le Brun is exhibiting a suite of four new woodcut prints, entitled Changing Light 2018, in the Sackler Galleries.

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The Great Spectacle

Royal Academy of Arts,
The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Weston Rooms, and Galleries I and II, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

12 June — 19 August 2018

The Great Spectacle tells the story of 250 years of the Summer Exhibition, the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art.

Staged to coincide with the Summer Exhibition of 2018The Great Spectacle revisits important moments in the history of the Academy and its annual show: from its inception as a showcase for grand society portraits and epic history scenes, via its role in the fight for women’s suffrage and the impact of two World Wars, to its ongoing status as a platform for both established and unknown contemporary artists.

Le Brun presents a new large-scale oil painting. A fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition.

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Wolfson College
Barton Road, Cambridge CBE 9BB

14 May — 26 August 2018
Saturdays and Sundays 3-5pm

This solo show is being held at Wolfson College of Cambridge University, which has an active programme of exhibitions in its non-gallery spaces every year. The show comprises fifteen new oil on paper paintings from a series entitled Doubles. These works represent a new mode of thinking about composition for the artist which resulted from painting directly onto the proofs of a recent print series, Composer 2017.

At the private view on Saturday 12 May, the Mifune Tsuji Trio performed a musical response to the works.

A fully illustrated book, Doubles, published by Ridinghouse, accompanies the exhibition with an essay exploring dualities across a number of disciplines by exhibition curator Dr Anna M Dempster. 


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Multiple Thoughts

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Royal Academy of Arts,
The Keeper's House, Burlington House, W1J 0BD

27 April — 10 Sept 2018

Including new prints by Christopher Le Brun, Norman Ackroyd, Stephen Chambers, Eileen Cooper, Anne Desmet, Paul Huxley, Chris Orr, Tom Phillips, Emma Stibbon, John Carter and Rebecca Salter, the exhibition in particular showcases work by Royal Academicians elected in the Printmaking category. Limited editions made on-site in the RA Schools by Grayson Perry RA and Allen Jones RA will also be exhibited. 

The works exhibited are available to buy online through Art Sales at the RA.

Print REbels

Bankside Gallery,
48 Hopton Street, SE1 9JH

25 April — 13 May 2018

touring: Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, Devon, 22 September - 4 November 2018

and: The School of Art Museum and Galleries, Aberystwyth, 18 February – 13 May 2019

Print REbels celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Sir Francis Seymour Haden (RE). A prestigious collection of works has been brought together to show prints produced by Haden along with those who inspired him such as Rembrandt and Dürer, Samuel Palmer and J A M Whistler.

The RE has always been closely connected with the RA, with several Royal Academicians being founding members of the RE. Works showing by RA, RE members include: Christopher Le Brun, Frank Brangwyn, Henry Rushbury, Anthony Gross, Julian Trevelyan, Norman Ackroyd, Anne Desmet, Peter Freeth and Chris Orr.

2018 is also the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy, making this a fitting time to honour this connection.

For more information please click here.

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The Classical Now

King's College London
The Arcade at Bush House and Inigo Rooms, WC2B 4PJ
Somerset House East Wing, King's College London, WC2R 2LS

2nd March — 28 April 2018

By pairing modern and contemporary art with classical antiquities, this exhibition explores the ways in which Graeco-Roman art has captured and permeated today’s imagination. Demonstrating a crucially modern mode of classicism, Le Brun presents two sculptures and a painting, each a product of his engagement with the myth, history and poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. This major exhibition is staged across two spaces, the newly renovated Arcade of Bush House, and the Inigo Rooms in Somerset House East Wing where Le Brun’s work can be found.

The Classical Now is accompanied by a catalogue, published in February 2018. More information about the exhibition, and the research project from which it derives, can be found here.

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Legacies: J.M.W. Turner and Contemporary Art Practice

The New Art Gallery
Gallery Square, Walsall WS2 8LG

22 September 2017 — 14 January 2018

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a major exhibition considering the legacy of J.M.W. Turner through the lens of contemporary art, highlighting the ongoing relevance of his work for artists practising today.

With original J.M.W. Turner works loaned by Tate, the contemporary works come from: Dorothy Cross, Idris Khan, Christopher Le Brun, Cornelia Parker and Bob & Roberta Smith.

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Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle, From Turner to Le Brun


Southampton City Art Gallery
Commercial Road, Southampton SO14 7LP 

25 May - 2 September 2017

Showcasing the finest historic and contemporary castle artists and combining history with art, Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle from Turner to Le Brun at Southampton City Art Gallery is the first ever large-scale art exhibition on the subject of British castles. It conjures the mystique, excitement and prestige of the castle from Iron Age hill forts to Victorian reproductions and fantasy castles. It will include famous and rarely seen works from public and private collections, including loans from Tate, The British Museum, V&A, the Government Art Collection and from the collections of major artists.

Turner, Girtin, Cotman, Ibbetson, Sandby, Varley and many others travelled to castles throughout Britain in the search of the Picturesque. Castles, often sited in spectacular locations, were the perfect subject for the Romantic movement of the early 19th century that embraced the heroic past. Castles have been equally inspiring to modern-day artists and the exhibition includes work by over 25 contemporary artists.

A fully illustrated book accompanies the exhibition, which has been generously sponsored by the Punter Southall Group.

Now Turn the Page


Arndt Art Agency
Fasanenstraße 28, 10719 Berlin, Germany

28 April – 26 May 2017 

Now Turn the Page features a selection of new oil paintings and mixed media works on paper. Having exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States, the show represents Christopher Le Brun’s first solo presentation in Berlin in almost a decade. Coinciding with Berlin Gallery Weekend and open throughout May. 

For the gallery site please click here.



Albertz Benda
515 W. 26th St, New York, NY 10001

March 2 - April 15, 2017

The second of the major two-part solo exhibition of new work shown at Albertz Benda, concurrent with the exhibition at The Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach. Opened by Dame Jillian Sackler and with a conversation between Sheena Wagstaff, Chairman of Modern and Contemporary The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Le Brun.

For reviews of this exhibition please see the Press page.



The Gallery at Windsor
3125 Windsor Boulevard, Vero Beach, FL 32963

February 27 — May 12, 2017

The first of a major two-part solo exhibition of new work The Gallery at Windsor, featuring a new book commissioned for the exhibitions by Windsor Press and a lecture event with the Artistic Director of the RA, Tim Marlow over the opening weekend in Florida. Composer is a body of work drawing from the parallels Le Brun draws between painting and music. 

For reviews of this exhibition please see the Press page.

Towards Night

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

24 September 2016 – 22 January 2017

Towards Night delves into the many interpretations and representations the night throughout art history. Artist Tom Hammick curates an exhibition that draws together paintings and prints that invite the visitor to experience a journey into a world of wonderment, insomnia and revelry. Towards Night includes works by J.M.W. Turner, Caspar David Friedrich and Edvard Munch alongside contemporary artists such as Peter Doig, Christopher Le Brun and Phoebe Unwin.

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Aeneas 2015 oil on canvas 240 x 170 cm

Aeneas 2015 oil on canvas 240 x 170 cm

New Paintings

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Friedman Benda, 515 W 26th St, New York, NY 1001

12 September - 15 October 2014 

A major exhibition of work made
during the past 18 months.

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Beyond Limits, Sculpture at Chatsworth

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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
DE45 1PP

A selling exhibition organised by Sotheby's
8 September - 26 October 2014

A monumental sculpture, MARO, was made from Nestos marble for this exhibition at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. 

The work is for sale and is in an edition of 3. 

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Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome
12 June - 15 October 2014

A collaboration and exhibition between
Christopher Le Brun and Enzo Cucchi. New bronzes and oil paintings will feature in this two man exhibition, alongside a collaborative ceramic piece.

For more information please click here.

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