Christopher Collingwood, military artist
specialising in American and English civil war, historical military art prints
published by Cranston Fine Arts.
Christopher Erik Collingwood, Historical and Military Artist,
Chris has produced a wealth of impressive paintings from the Napoleonic War.
American Civil War, English Civil War, and a variety of Portraits of Great
Military Leaders, He also has produced superb paintings of Pirates, a particular
favourite of his. These superb paintings are available as Signed Limited edition
prints for you to enjoy. Most images are shown on this site in the various
Chris studied at Berkshire College of Art 1966 - 1970 and then worked for
Halas and Batchelor as a background artist. In the golden age of book cover
illustration Chris made the Gunslinger, crow and Herne series his own. To this
day the shelves of High street booksellers are full of his work. Perhaps his
best known popular pieces are in the now famous Jorvik Centre's paintings which
form the focus of the exhibitions promotion and won a travel industry award. In
recent years his best work has been paintings, such as SPQR, Anne Bonny, Mary
Reid and Calico Jack Rakam and Blackbeard in Damnation Seize My Soul.
Chris's super realistic style, using oils, brilliantly reflects the
techniques.. passion and depth of the old masters he has a particular love of
portraiture, which his new portraits of Wellington and William of Orange
certainly reflects along with others from the English Civil war his love of the
subject. He is also fascinated by the awful romance of weaponry and war. Chris
uses traditional Dutch paints made today, as in 1664, and is meticulous in his
research and attention to detail, so scarce in our modern throw away society.
Sir Anthony Van Dyke, William Dobson, Sir Peter Lely and Fortunio Matania played
a vital part in Chris's formative years. He also is much influenced by
Meissonier and De Neuville