Chris Last ArtistChris Last

Chris Last was born in Hertfordshire, England but has lived in Wales for nearly 50 years. He was educated in Swansea and attended the Swansea College of Art graduating with a distinction in Graphic Design and Illustration.

He has painted professionally for 25 years exhibiting widely in galleries throughout Wales and England. In 1986 he was elected a full member of the Watercolour Society of Wales with whom he exhibits annually.
Chris has held over 17 one-man and joint shows and his work is represented in the collections of corporate bodies as well as in numerous private collections worldwide.
He is a very popular painter and his work sells quickly. Four of his solo shows have been sell-outs. His often highly detailed watercolours, a legacy from art college years, are gradually making way for a more loose and freer style, particularly evident in his oil paintings. Both mediums may show an impressive and accomplished sympathy for depicting figure work.

He is now developing his interest in painting the human figure and this website is designed to give both an overview of his general work and provide a showcase for these and other, new, available paintings which may be viewed in the "latest paintings" link.

Exhibitions

1985-88
Resident week-end Artist W.H.Smith, Swansea.
1986
Welsh Watercolour Society throughout Wales.
1986
Coach House Gallery, Caerphilly.
1986
One-man show at County Hall, Swansea.
1987
Joint show at County Hall, Swansea.
1987-88
Richard Hagen English Watercolours Gallery, Broadway, Worcester.
1987-88
Country Life Gallery, Broadway, Worcester.
1987
One-man show at County Hall, Swansea.
1987
One-man show at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea.
1988
Moya Bucknall International Invitational Exhibition, Birmingham.
1988
Viriami Jones Gallery, University of Wales, Cardiff.
1989
Albany Gallery, Cardiff.
1989-99
National Trust Visitor Centre, Rhossili.
1990
Royal Society of Marine Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
1991
Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London.
1999-05
Artist in residence at David Evans Dept. Store, House of Frazer, Swansea.
2005-07
Artist in Residence at Debenhams Dept. Store, Swansea.
2007
Galleries in San Francisco .
Over 15 One-man & 4 joint shows held since 1987

Invitations to Open New Galleries

1986
Joint show with Gareth Thomas, to open the Taliesin, (Ceri Richards Gallery), University College of Wales, Swansea.
1990
Solo show to open Lliw Valley Borough Council's Lime Street Gallery, Gorseinon, Swansea.
1994
Solo show to mark the opening of 'Yr Oriel', at Swansea Central Library.

Chris Last Work in Corporate Collections:

1987
Lloyds Bank Headquarters, South Wales : 15 watercolours
1989
Lloyds Bank Financial services, Swansea : 12 watercolours
1998
Commissioned by City & County of Swansea to paint 36 large watercolours for County Hall's new Council Chambers. 
 

Chris Last Work in Private Collections in:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA.