Eastern Charm

Chris Sims likes to paint mainly in oil but is very experimental and other materials creep in including charcoal and graphite.  He works on canvas on a stretcher or directly on board.  He also likes to use paper and these are then framed with a mount.  This particular painting is on board and a favourite because it is has wonderful textures and marks made by the artist’s hand.  I particularly enjoy the gold ring standing in the foreground in the top left.


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Oil on board



Original / Edition

Original work of art


48 x 61 cm


Chris Sims uses colour and instinctive mark making to evoke or capture a moment in time in the rural English landscape. His paintings are often considered to be reminiscent of the St Ives painter Peter Lanyon.

His practice often draws upon different techniques, combining painting, drawing and printmaking processes. Although not directly relating to one particular scene or place, much of his work is rooted in the landscape, rural or urban around the chalky English countryside and the Cornish coastline.

The attraction to the physical nature of his view inspires compositions, utilising mark making and abstracted shapes, evoking and capturing an emotive place. By applying a dynamic, energetic and intuitive approach, he layers and adjusts, using inks, paints, charcoal and other mediums until a point is reached where he is satisfied that a balanced composition has emerged.

Graduating from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1985, Chris initially worked as a graphic designer but painting has always been his first choice.  When I exhibited his paintings, many collectors commented that this artist was something special.  He now has a well-deserved and growing collector’s market.

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