Furr became the youngest artist to have ever officially painted Queen Elizabeth II, when in 1995 - at the age of twenty eight - he was invited by the Queen to paint her portrait at Buckingham Palace. The work was commissioned by and hangs at the Royal Overseas League, St James, London.
Notable recent commissions include a portrait of HRH Crown Prince Bin Abdul Aziz, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor for Westminster Cathedral and Tim Henman (for Robinsons). Christian has appeared on several television shows judging and teaching Art and written a book, entitled ‘Take Art’.
In June 2004 the artist collected an AoC Gold Award at the House Of Commons, given to further education college alumni who have gone on to achieve excellence in their chosen field. Former winners include Jamie Oliver, Betty Boothroyd and Jimmy Choo.
Born in Heswall, Wirral in 1966, Furr studied Art at Wirral Metropolitan College, Merseyside, and De Montfort University, Leics, where he graduated with a first class degree in Fine Art. He lives in Richmond-upon-Thames with his wife Emma and three daughters.
He has exhibited around the world and at shows and galleries including the Saatchi Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Watercolour Society.
SELECTED COLLECTIONS HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Jerry Hall, Britvic, Michael Caine, The Denham Estate, Vic Reeves
RDS 2007 - Guest Speaker, London Best Learners Awards, House of Commons
2005 - MCCA Best Award- Robinsons Commission
2004 - AoC Gold Award, House of Commons
1991 - Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship
ELECTED COMMISSIONS2008 - HRH Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz
2005 - The Big Paint, Robinsons - Robinsons commissioned the artist to produce a commemorative work of Art featuring Tim Henman and Fred Perry for Wimbledon. The queuing public recreated the image on a giant 16ft x 9ft canvas at Wimbledon. 'The Great Draw' won The Best Award for ‘Best & Most Effective Long Term Communication Campaign' at the MCCA Awards (Marketing Communications Consultants Association) 2006
2002 - Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Westminster Cathedral
2002 - Bishops O'Donoghue & Stack, Westminster Cathedral
2002 - Sir Donald Irvine, President General Medical Council
2001 - Professor Robert Shaw, President RC of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians
2000 - Dr Robert Kendall OBE, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
1999 - John Dougill, Chief Executive; Institution of Structural Engineers
1998 - Roger Sainsbury MA F.Eng F.I.C.E President, Institution of Civil Engineers
1997 - Dr Lotte Newman CBE, FRCGP, President Royal College of General Practitioners
1997 - Noel and Leslie Botham; French House
1995 - Queen Elizabeth II; Royal OverSeas League
1993 - Maneck Dalal, Chairman; ROSL
1990 - Professor of Microbiology, Leicester University
EDUCATION Kingston College - BTec Graphic Design
De Montfort University - 1st Class Degree in Fine Art
Wirral Metropolitan College - Foundation Course
PUBLICATIONS 'Take Art' - John Blake Publishing 2008
'The Lost Art' - John Blake Publishing 2007