From North Wales to the North Pole, Christopher Mike is an adventurer at heart with a deep love of nature. His art is defined by his passion for life and a relentless desire to capture the unique atmosphere of a particular moment. Christopher paints mainly in the open air and from direct observation.
In his most recent series, he has concentrated on the untamed and beautiful Welsh coastline close to his studio near Aberdyfi. The majority of these works are painted in plein air, with occasional finishing touches in a studio environment at a later date. A theme that runs consistently throughout his work is the effect of light and how this often changes the way in which we see the world. The influence of Joaquín Sorolla, whom he greatly admires alongside several other impressionist masters has been a particular inspiration and can be seen in his ability to capture both light and movement.
As a former Alpinist mountaineer he successfully led Polar and Arctic expeditions, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for various charities along the way. His love of wild open spaces is reflected throughout many aspects of his work. Christopher has a joyous approach to life, having lived and worked in both Europe and North America. He was born in the UK and educated at Hereford College of Art and Central Saint Martins.
Édouard Manet (with reference to Renoir)
“He has no talent at all, that boy!”