Chris Polunin

Chris Polunin is a classically trained painter from England. After completing his studies in Florence and Edinburgh, travel has become an important part of his practice and his search for natural beauty takes him all over the world. In 2019 he won the Stanley Quek Prize and was a finalist in the Contemporary Young Artist Award in 2017 and 2018. He exhibits widely in the UK (most notably with the Royal Society of Marine Artists), France and the USA and has his work in both private and museum collections.


His subjects range from candlelit floral designs to Alpine mountains and he is driven by the idea that his visual questions can be answered more accurately by painting directly from life. Chris searches for beauty in simple things that are often taken for granted in a wider society that seems to have temporarily abandoned its connection with the natural world.