Christopher Langley is an internationally recognised experimental and conceptual artist. Born and raised in Pontypridd, he lives in Cardiff, South Wales. He is involved in visual media including video, art and photography. For over 30 years he has been working with a wide range of media such as digital, watercolour, acrylic, lens based, oils; using natural, (landscape/cityscapes) and synthetic images (digital/abstract), to obtain meaning creating conceptual ideas. After a career in broadcasting, Christopher launched his art career. In 2012 his first first solo exhibition was at the Pontypridd Museum and Gallery. The following year, he organised a Solo Welsh National Exhibition at the Senedd in Cardiff, which was sponsored by Julie Morgan, AM. His paintings have been displayed in a number of Cardiff’s top galleries, in addition to gallery exposure in London, Glasgow and two galleries in New York. He currently has six on going public displays in South Wales. In 2014 Christopher gave a talk in addition to displaying five paintings as part of an international exhibition in the Chelsea Art District of New York. The month long exhibition was called ‘Evolving Abstraction’. The event attracted an international audience, where one of his works, ‘Two Umbrellas’ was chosen as the event poster. At the Terry M Restaurant based in the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, BBC Wales recorded a presentation of a commissioned painting. The work was for the private dining area within the restaurant, where he currently has four works on display. Langley is one of the contributing artists of the resort; his latest commission is for the 2010 Clubhouse. Christopher also has three works on display at the David Lloyd Tennis Centre, Cardiff.
Inspired by the landscape and the people of Wales – meet Welsh artist Christopher Langley. From the crashing of the sea on rocks in Pembrokeshire to the intricate architectural detail of Cardiff’s pubs, award-winning artist Christopher Langley finds huge inspiration in his Welsh surroundings.
Raised in Pontypridd, Chris became professional in 2012. Today, Chris gives demonstration to art societies and schools in addition to being invited to comment on art topics on BBC Radio Wales. Langley is a regular contributor to the South Wales Argus, featured on Media Wales and has been invited to exhibit in London as part of London Welsh Arts Week 2018. He is also a member of the 4Network & Zokit Business Communities, promoting art in Wales. He has appeared on S4C’s Heno for his local Cardiff Pub series in addition to being approached to give a feature on Welsh art on TV’s Cefn Gwlad. Chris was invited to exhibit in New York, where one of his paintings was chosen as the event poster at a month long exhibition.
A committee member of the South Wales Art Society (SWAS), Chris is artist in residence at the Celtic Manor Resort and David Lloyd Tennis Center, Cardiff. His work features in a number of public venues throughout South Wales. An expressive and intuitive painter, Chris works with palette knife, brushes, fingers or whatever else comes to hand to get the desired effect. With his oil paintings, Chris experiments with mark-making, colour and texture with palette knife to create effects, sometimes leading unpredictability to allow the paintings to emerge almost by themselves! Chris brings a fresh interpretation to his subjects. He says: “There have been many paintings of Cardiff Landmarks and Castle Coch, for example, but none have used the colour combination I bring to the subject. I find great inspiration in many things about Wales; the people and the towns; the unique land and seascapes” Chris’ recent series on Tenby have been very well received. Chris provides consultation with local artists and in addition to commissions from private individuals to business owners. If you have an idea for your very own unique painting, whether a pet portrait, land or seascape, portrait of your home - for you, or as a special gift, contact Chris today.
Langley is influenced by David Hockney, Gillian McDonald, Barry Hilton and Welsh artist Rob Piercy. Chris is a member of the IAS, Royal Television Society (RTS) and The South Wales Art Society.