“My priority is the balance of light and dark and colour, carefully choosing where to place each garment to coordinate with the others and getting the shadows to emphasize the textures, with the use of soft glazes to bring depth and sheen to fabrics.”
(British, b. 1959)
Chris Klein is a British artist, currently living in Canada . Exhibiting his work across Europe and North America, he is most recognized for his series of costume paintings – the images for which are sourced from theatre and film, as well as the world of fashion, and Royal and museum collections. His hyperrealist technique allows him to capture the nuance of every fabric and fold with astounding accuracy and dazzling results.
In 1983 Klein’s work was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK for their prestigious Summer Exhibition. He has since won numerous awards and been featured in many magazines and articles. Most recently, he has been painting costumes from the most successful theatre productions in the world, including “Phantom of the Opera” and most recently, Disney’s “The Lion King”. His images from the latter were placed by Disney on the cover of their “Behind the Curtain” brochure, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the London production.
As well as creating his own work, Klein is also a scenic artist for film and theatre. For 10 years he has served as the head of scenic art at both the Stratford Festival and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Chris has worked on many sets, creating backdrops and related artwork, and has contributed to major productions in London’s West End and Broadway. He has painted for several major Hollywood films and many shows for the Cirque du Soleil.