Approved: 25.04.2012

Chris Agnew

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 25.04.2012

Chris Agnew is a British artist known for his highly detailed drawings and icon panel etchings. He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010. Agnew’s work deals with the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, be they political, religious, social or cultural. He is interested

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  • Location: Bucharest/London
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Private commissions
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Film & Video, Painting, Printmaking
 
 

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    Biography

    Chris Agnew is a British artist known for his highly detailed drawings and icon panel etchings. He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010. Agnew’s work deals with the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, be they political, religious, social or cultural. He is interested by the malleable nature of what we hold as ‘truth’, and how the presentation of information informs our subsequent understanding of events. Agnew’s work has been shortlisted for awards including the 2016 Derwent Art Prize, and twice for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2010 and 2009 respectively) and Saatchi's New Sensations (2010). His works are held in collections including the V&A, London, and the Hearst Corporation, New York. Recent solo shows includeDither (2016), The Mighty Grip of Fate (2014), with Kristin Hjellegjerde, London and The Pomp of Circumstances at Nancy Victor Gallery, London (2012). Agnew has divided his time between the UK and his studio in Bucharest for the past five years.

    CV & Education

    Education

    • 2009 – 2010: Wimbledon College of Art: MA Fine Art with Distinction

    • 2005 – 2008: University of Leeds: First Class BA in Contemporary Art Practice with Honours

     

    Prizes

    • The Derwent Drawing Prize 2016 – Winner

    • The Jealous Graduate Print Prize 2010 – Winner

    • Saatchi’s New Sensations 2010 – Shortlisted

    • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010 – Shortlisted

    • The Clifford Chance Post-Graduate Printmaking Prize 2010 – Shortlisted

    • Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009 – Shortlisted

     

    Collections

    • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

    • The Hearst Corporation, Manhattan, New York

     

    Solo exhibitions

    Ba da, Doda – London Art Fair, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2017

    Dither – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2016

    The Mighty Grip of Fate – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 2014

    The Pomp of Circumstances – Nancy Victor Gallery, London, 2012

     

    Selected group exhibitions

     

    2017

    • Everything exists now – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Wandsworth

    2014

    • Unfamiliar Ground – Exhibition touring to four galleries across North England. Supported by ACE

    • Cu Mintea-n Pix – Saint Ink Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

    • Standing on the frontier Vol.2 – Unit 24 Gallery, London

    2013

    • The London Art Fair – Business Design Centre, Islington, London

    • Trajector Art Fair – Brussels, Belgium

    2012

    • Geometry – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Wandsworth

    • It’s a Wonderful Life – Nancy Victor Gallery, Fitzrovia, London

    2011

    • London Art Fair - Business Design Centre, Islington, London

    • Exchange Exhibition – Candid Arts Trust, London and The Bisonte School of Graphic Arts, Florence, Italy

    • From The Ground – The Wayward Gallery, London

    • The London Original Print Fair – Royal Academy of Arts, London

    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – The Royal Academy of Arts, London

    • Jealous: Contemporary Prints – Smiths Row Gallery, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk

    2010

    • I Swore-I Sore - The Nunnery, Bow

    • Propositions - Institute of Contemporary Art, London

    • London Calling - Idea Generation Gallery, London (touring to New York and Tokyo)