Chris studied Fine Art in Hull and when he first got there he built a boat from driftwood to try to escape. The boat failed but Chris ended up making a whole series of vehicles in a similar vein. The way he makes things has a deliberate “knocked up in the garden shed” aesthetic and each vehicle and escape attempt has its own story attached. Over the years, Chris has retold and refined these stories as both artist and teacher. The result is a performance that translates the experience of creating and testing a theory. This in turn enables an audience to share and participate in a journey of discovery.
His recent work, produced by ArtsAdmin, was an installation for Hull 2017 City of Culture called 'Washed Up Car-Go'. This consisted of three ordinary cars that had the insides replaced with a section of beach. Other recent works include All Roads Lead to Rome a performance lecture about driving his old family car to Italy where his father served during World War 2; 'Antarctica', based on his role as Visiting Artist with the 'British Antarctic Survey'; 'Poland 3 Iran 2' with 30 Bird Productions about international football in the seventies and 'Vanishing Point' a series of miniature film installations with Leslie Hill of 'Curious' as part of 'Live Art Collective East'.
Chris is an associate artist at 'Art Exchange', University of Essex where he recently had an exhibition called 'Remnants of Utopia'. He has exhibited and performed widely. As well as working internationally he has also participated in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His work has recently been acknowledged and celebrated with the publication of a major book, 'ESCAPE' published by Jardine Press in 2014.