Clairmonte, Christopher: Rock Face with Mountains – SOLD


A powerful and strongly worked oil on canvas typical of Clairmonte’s approach to capturing the spirit of places, signed and inscribed 1950, framed.

Artist: Christopher Clairmonte, (1932-2012)

Title and date: Rock Face with Mountains, 1950

Size: 48.3 x 73.7 cms.

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Artist description:

Born at Lambourn, Berkshire, Christopher Clairmonte studied at Wimbledon School of Art and won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he was taught by John Minton. He had to defer taking up his place by National Service, during which time he served in Cyprus. He then became a professional artist supplementing his income through teaching.

He produced still lifes, portraits, pen and ink drawings and especially powerful landscape paintings intended to capture the unique spirit of places. Some of his strongest work was completed over the two decades (1970-90) when he lived in Brighton and Hove, recording the crumbling facades of the city’s Regency buildings.

He travelled widely, particularly to France, Spain and Malaysia, and spent his last two decades living in Cyprus, continuing to be inspired by the beauty and colour of the island’s landscape. There is a mural by him in the Brighton Rock Café in Limassol.

He had a number of one-man shows in London, including at the Patrick Seale Gallery in 1980, at the Odette Gilbert Gallery in 1983 as well as in Brighton and the United States. His work also featured in group exhibitions in Britain and abroad, and is held in several public and private collections.