Dr Chris Spring
Chris is an artist www.chrisspring.co.uk currently based at the West London Art Factory. His previous major exhibitions include Green and Dying (2001) at the Jersey Galleries, London and LIFELINES: A Family Calligraphy (2005) at the Kufa Gallery, London. A life in drawing at the Stash Gallery, Vout-O-Reenee’s is his first solo show for more than ten years.
Chris is also a writer and curator whose exhibitions include HUMAN NATURE by Barthélémy Toguo (2019) at HdM gallery, London, and many exhibitions at the British Museum, including La Bouche du Roi (2007), A South African Landscape (2010), Social Fabric: Textiles of Eastern and Southern Africa (2013), and South Africa, Art of a Nation (2016) with John Giblin. His published books include African Arms and Armour (1993), North African Textiles (1995) with Julie Hudson, Angaza Afrika: African Art Now (2008), (Winner the ART BOOK AWARD for 2009), African Art in Detail (2009), African Textiles Today (2012), (Winner: Choice (USA) award for outstanding academic title) African Art Close Up (2013) and South Africa, Art of a Nation (2016) with John Giblin.
Chris has also written three unpublished novels: Ted and Pterry; Knitted: the Adventures of Laika-Toetoe and The Unfamiliars.
Chris has an MA from Oxford University and a PhD from Middlesex University. He has worked extensively in many African countries, usually in collaboration with contemporary artists. His major commissions on the behalf of the BM include Ceramic Object (2000) by the Kenyan-born British artist Magdalene Odundo OBE, The Tree of Life (2004) by Mozambican artists Kester, dos Santos, Nhatugueja and Maté, La Bouche du Roi (1997-2005) by Beninoise artist Romual Hazoumé, and The Moko Jumbies (2017) by British Trinidadian artist Zak Ové.
Chris is a trustee of the October Gallery and of The Africa Centre – and is proud to be a member of Vout-O-Reenee’s.