Paintings artwork by Chris Cyprus
Available artwork by Chris Cyprus
Longport Wharf - by Chris Cyprus
Northern Lights 23 - by Chris Cyprus
Northern Lights 27 - by Chris Cyprus
Northern Lights 41 - by Chris Cyprus
Northern Lights 22 - by Chris Cyprus
Northern Lights 8 - by Chris Cyprus
Joes Plot - by Chris Cyprus
Best In Show - by Chris Cyprus
Canal Bridge - by Chris Cyprus
Pottering About Print - by Chris Cyprus
Feeding Time - by Chris Cyprus
Mill Town Canal - by Chris Cyprus
Rooftops Hebden Bridge - by Chris Cyprus
Run Of The Mill - by Chris Cyprus
Secret Garden - by Chris Cyprus
Short Cut - by Chris Cyprus
Cotton Harvest - by Chris Cyprus
Chris Cyprus Favourite Medium
About Chris Cyprus
In the last decade Chris has emerged as a rising star of the art world, due to numerous TV appearances, notably BBC Gardener’s World in summer 2008.
Now his paintings are in high demand and purchased by buyers both at home and abroad who find a magnetic appeal in the secret world of garden sheds and home-grown root vegetables.
Now a major contemporary artist with a national reputation, he is widely recognised for his unique style, and like most prolific artists, he is a compulsive painter and absorbs ideas for his painting wherever he is, including his own allotment. His trademark features of bold colour, ordinary everyday situations, and quiet humour strike a chord with keen gardeners and art lovers everywhere.
In 2005, self taught artist Chris Cyprus made a small series of paintings portraying the humble garden shed.
He slowly moved from depicting his beloved local Pennine landscapes from his studio based in his hometown of Mossley, Lancashire. Chris really wanted to stand out from other local artists doing the same kind of paintings by having a strong identity and theme that made his work unique. It was by accident one day that he stumbled on an allotment close to his home where he found lots of tumbled down sheds with all the typical characteristics of the quintessential English allotment. It was a beautiful spring day and there he met a chap ‘Melvin’ who was digging and burning debris in the cold misty afternoon, the atmosphere was stunning and Chris immediately started snapping away with his camera. Chris had also wanted to portray figures in his paintings after a holiday in France where he was inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘harvest’ series he painted during his stay in ‘Arles’. Chris recalls the similar themes as he watched Melvin digging and chatting about his plot that he had for 30 years. This gave him so much inspiration that he quickly returned to his studio to capture what he experienced on canvas.
Life imitates art?
In 2007, Chris put his name down for a plot at Wood Meadow Allotments in his home town, the waiting lists there were 2 years long, but during his first visit he met 81 year old Bob Andrew, an allotment holder for 35 years. Bob had a double plot and was struggling to maintain it, so he gave Chris ‘free range’ with the other plot in exchange for the odd bit of digging and weeding. This was invaluable knowledge and experience for allotment gardening as Bob knew every inch of the plot, the soil type, what grows best and where. The added bonus was getting closer to the subject for inspiration for painting, the joy of being out in the fresh air and the exercise.
Two years later Chris’s name was top of the list, so the plot was divided and it became his own.