Christopher Miers Home
Welcome to my website. I hope it will be of interest whether you are already familiar with my work or are looking at it for the first time.
I am a landscape painter, working in oils or tempera direct from the subject - best described as painting en plein air.
I travel abroad to warm and colourful places, particularly South Africa. At home in London I spend many happy hours in the nearby Fulham
allotments, in St James’s Park and thereabouts, and on the banks of the River Thames. I keep a small canal boat, converted as a floating studio, on
the Thames in Oxfordshire; this gives me the opportunity to paint wherever I choose up and down the river. Cornwall is another favourite location.
The starting point for each of my paintings is being “moved” or “touched” by the subject - even, in the words of Alfred Sisley, having “fallen in
love” with it.
For practical reasons I work on a small scale. This makes it easier to carry my gear (try taking an easel and a large, wet canvas on the London
Underground in rush hour!). More important, it enables me to complete a painting in one session before there is too much of a change in the
direction of the light. I can revisit the scene on another day but the light and, for example, the state of the tide, will never be quite the same. Also,
small paintings are affordable, and space can always be found for them.
People often comment on the tranquillity of my landscapes. If only they knew what a struggle it can be to achieve this effect, working fast in
ever-changing weather and often in noisy and distracting environments!
Now and then in the studio I work up larger versions of my small canvases, aspiring to reproduce the excitement of
immediate response achieved in the original. Painting is always a challenge ...
Walking to Work Oil 8” x 10”
“Every landscape painting represents a view with which the painter has fallen in love.”
Alfred Sisley (1839-99)
“Anything painted …. on the spot has a force, power and vivacity of touch that one cannot find in the studio ……
Three brushstrokes painted from nature are worth more than two days’ work at the easel.”
Eugene Boudin (1824-98)
Christopher Miers RBA: Born 1941. Twenty-five one-man exhibitions from 1964. Exhibited RA Summer Exhibition regularly from 1985.
Elected Royal Society of British Artists 1985 (Trustee 1998-2005). Collections: Imperial War Museum, House of Commons, Sultan of Oman, Provost of Eton.