Chris Wallbank is a painter, drawer and printmaker. His work explores pictorial space and the experience of landscape, more often than not in wild environments where he is most at home working in response to the changing elements and rhythm of nature.
His interest in the role visual art can play in presenting themes of ecology in a new light has led him to collaborate with numerous conservation projects. These range from the long-term monitoring of breeding guillemot colonies on Skomer Island to the preservation of urban black kites across the metropolis of New Delhi. For this commitment to art and ecology, Chris has been awarded the 2020 Birdscape Galleries’ Conservation through art award.
In 2019 he was awarded both the Wales Prize and Visitors Choice Award at Wales Contemporary for his drawings of guillemot colonies. Chris has been an elected professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) since 2015 and currently
sits on their council with an active role in delivering the SWLA bursary programme. Chris’s tutoring experience stems from his training and commitment as a member of the faculty at the Royal Drawing School where he teaches in the Young Artists programme. He has developed a wide range of drawing courses with the school and at sites across London including the
Whitechapel Gallery, The British Museum, The Garden Museum, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery and most recently online.
Chris has also taught at the International Institute of Fine Art, New Delhi and is a regular contributor to Oriel Davies Gallery’s online education programme and the Building Craft Programme for the Prince’s Foundation as well as numerous workshops specialising in drawing nature in the field, from wild geese on the Danish Wadden Sea to neotropical wildlife in the Peruvian
Chris’s work is held in national and international collections and has been exhibited widely, including; at the Wellcome Collection, Christie’s London, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize. His solo exhibitions include Cheng-Kim Loke Gallery at WWT Slimbridge, RSPB Ynys-hir and a drawing installation exhibited throughout Sheffield Cathedral for Festival of the Mind. Past art and illustration clients have included; Peninsula Hotel Mayfair, Bloomsbury Publishing, S4C television, Strata Florida Heritage Landscape Project, J.N.C.C, Journal of Landscape Architecture and British Birds.