First off, I was honoured to be asked to take part in this exhibition, and felt it was right up my ally. I wanted to create something using lots of pink, as this colour is associated with femininity. This is one of the first paintings in a new body of work featuring lots of plastic animals I had purchase. I am exploring the theme of the commercial consumer landscape and our disposable way of life in the Western world. The 'Femme Fatale' in this piece represents desire and status. The muse in this piece is a girl called Annalieza, who is a performer in London - She asked if she could model for me around the time I was asked to participate in this show, and I thought she would be perfect for the ideas that were forming in my head.
Chris Guest’s work focuses mainly on painting heavily tattooed people, with a ‘Pin-Up’ feel. Utilizing classical oil painting techniques, learnt at London Fine Arts in Battersea, Chris creates paintings in a classic figurative tradition, coupled with a contemporary twist.
He began painting and drawing from a very young age, and first started making money from art aged just 14, drawing portraits of music icons for other pupils at school.
At age 18, Chris began showing his work in galleries in Cornwall, and has since exhibited extensively throughout the UK and the US.
His originals and prints are collected worldwide, and his art has been featured in many magazines and publications.
Chris also teaches painting and holds regular workshops around the UK.
Chris lives and works in London, England.