Christopher Le Brun Knighted in 2021 UK Honours list
5 January 2021
Congratulations to Christopher Le Brun who has been Knighted in the Queen's New Year’s Honours List for 2021. Le Brun has been a celebrated British painter, printmaker and sculptor since the early 1980s, and was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibitions in 1978 and 1980. He was elected to the Royal Academy in London in 1996, where he became its first-ever Professor of Drawing, and has also been an instrumental public figure in his role from 2011–2019 as the RA's President.
Le Brun's recent painting practice has focused on a series of abstractions, some light in touch and some involving dense accretions of colour and gesture. Their glowing and scintillating surfaces are what he describes as ‘primary’ responses to the act of painting, rather than commentaries on life or homages to previous artists, but with notable references to music and literature as well as influences from his drawing and printmaking.
Portrait by Tom Dunkley, 2017.