Christabel Blackburn

London based artist Christabel Blackburn is an artist who studies and specializes in the human form. After finishing her degree in Classics at Newcastle University she studied figurative drawing and sculpting in Florence. Embracing this foundation in traditional techniques, she completed a further two years at the London Atelier of Representational Art where she started to paint.

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Christabel's Style

Influenced by Edward Hopper’s realism, photography by Philip-Lorca diCorcia as well David Hockney’s architectural traits, Christabel’s work has evolved dramatically over the last ten years. Her strong sense of observation has enabled her to refine her technique, paring down detail yet still capturing the very essence of people in their environments and the symbiosis between the two.  Be it a lone figure in a gallery or a child in an urban park, the stillness she portrays in her everyday scenes draws the viewer in and like photography, holds you in that moment in time. 


The intimacy she creates pulls you closer, giving you a greater sense of the people in the picture, their thoughts and their feelings.The simplicity of her work often conveys the loneliness and anonymity felt in a crowded city as well as challenging the impact of mental health caused by this digital age. Christabel’s scenes transcend the everyday; they are stories about society and how we live our lives.


Read about Christabel in The Times, following her recent victory on Portrait Artist of The Year on Sky Arts.

“Growing up in London I have always been an avid people watcher. By painting figures and architecture in the way that I do, I hope the viewer will get as much pleasure from these scenes as I do.” - Christabel Blackburn

Pavements - An Online Exhibition by Christabel Blackburn

This collection of over 15 original artworks, including works on paper and oil paintings on canvas and panel, has been created for Christabel's solo online exhibition: Pavements, which goes live on the 4th of November and focuses on the relationship between people and architecture and explores questions of identity. 

Anonymous figures, vibrating amongst the buildings they share their city with, form the subject of this series. In these works, Christabel explores what it means to be human in an urban environment, and how these different structures with which we coexist can alter the way that we feel, behave and think. 

Drop 2 - Spring / Summer 2020

"These works have been created during unusual circumstances, both at large and personally. All of them were painted in my spare room with my 3 month old at my feet. I would leave the house once a day for an evening walk and much of the subject matter was collected during these short outings. Others are scenes from what seems like another life, seen with a sense of nostalgia. The thinned oil paint on paper helps me to work quickly and with less intensity of colour, a direct response to my current circumstances and working environment." - Christabel Blackburn


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    Longing | Christabel Blackburn | Giclee Print | Partnership Editions
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    Hear Me | Christabel Blackburn | Giclee Print | Partnership Editions
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