Having arrived in the UK in late 1995 in search of fame and fortune Chris is still here and his search continues. Born in Melbourne many decades ago Chris spent most of his childhood playing sport and enjoying the sunshine in various seaside locations. It wasn’t until university that he became interested in the History of Art and realised that a strong visual memory could actually be put to use. It was at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne he was introduced to the areas he specialised in: Early Twentieth Century Australian painting, 13th to 15th century art, French Symbolist painting and the early work of the Australian painter Clifton Pugh.
Having worked at various jobs (including IKEA and the London Eye) Chris worked at The National Gallery, London for 14 years enjoying the opportunity to share his passion for art with visitors and spend time with the collection. In 2002 Chris completed an MA in Early Netherlandish Painting at the Courtauld Institute of Art focusing his research on 15th century copies after the ‘miraculous’ image of the Notre Dame de Grâce in Cambrai Cathedral. Some of this research was published in the catalogue of the Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City. Following an unsuccessful attempt to complete a PhD on the stained glass panels of the Leuven Charterhouse, Chris concentrated on a full time role at The National Gallery.
In the summer of 2014 Chris took the opportunity to spend a few months with his young son and enjoy life along The Thames in Deptford and Greenwich. In January 2015 he was offered the opportunity to work at the Conservatoire which he leapt at. Chris appreciates being a part of a small, friendly team and thrives on advising people choose which courses they would enjoy and, in his spare time, researching the archives of the music school and attempting to find out more about the art school pre-1942 (when it closed for more than 40 years). He loves nothing more than sharing this new found passion for British art from 1896 to 1942, over 400 years too modern than his previous specialist period, as can be evidenced in the current display in the Waiting Room.
Chris also enjoys music despite having found piano lessons, with a strict teacher, as a child not to his liking. Attending gigs is something Chris very much enjoys and he has been privileged enough to see such fantastic performers REM perform at the Staats Oper Vienna and St James’ Church Piccadilly, Eels at St James’s Church Piccadilly, Patti Smith at the Union Chapel, and many other fantastic performers.
The three items Chris would take to a desert island would be Max Friedlander’s Early Netherlandish Painting tomes, some type of MP3 player featuring his music collection and a sunhat.