‘Laughing cow’
2016, oil on wood
22 x 31cm
‘Coeur De Neufchatel Lautreamont’
2016, oil on wood
22 x 31cm
‘Petit Reblochon’
2016, oil on wood
22 x 31cm
2016, oil on wood
38 x 37cm
‘Old Stilton’
2016, oil on wood
43 x 37cm

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Christian Furr cheese paintings

‘Milk was my first inspiration. As Clifton Fadiman said… ‘Cheese – milk’s leap toward immortality’.
It started at 41 New Road in 1992 in my Acme studio in the old Jewish quarter of Whitechapel… On the window ledge in front of the beautiful decaying period 1840’s wallpaper, a half bottle of milk had gone off, so I decided to paint it. It was the beginning of my journey.
A good cheese is a pleasure to look at as well as to eat. I want these cheeses to have the whole gamut of human emotions in them with all the drama of opera. There’s feeling in every dab of creamy impasto paint. I can lose myself in a melting cheese. In my studio, a truckle becomes my world while I am focused on it.
I have always been a fan of the understated. These include still lives by Chardin and the beautiful still lives of the Spanish Artist Luis Melendez. I also admire Warhol – so his fascination with the mass produced consumable led me naturally to the processed ‘lunchbox favourites’ like Baby Bel and Dairy Lea. Here the fascination for me as an artist lies in finding interest in the commonplace. I turn my attention to capturing the shiny packaging. The juxtaposition of slow artisan and fast ‘pop art’ food also appeals to me on a surrealist level.’
Christian Furr

‘Christian Furr has painted the humble cheese for over a decade. The cheese has become his metaphor for simplicity, tradition and artisan dedication; all of which are attributes many critics have associated with the artist’s own oil painting practise’ – Artlyst 2016

‘The paintings themselves are discreet, intimate, like little jewels hanging on the wall’ – Luxury London

Do not miss this exceptional opportunity to purchase an original ‘Furr Cheese’ painting by a true master. In 1995, aged just 28, Christian became the youngest artist to paint HM Queen Elizabeth II after being commissioned by the Royal Overseas League.
Christian’s successive works have adorned the walls of the Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and in the private collection at the Vatican. In 2004 Furr was awarded the Association of Colleges Gold Award at the House of Commons given to further education alumni who have gone onto to achieve excellence in their chosen field.
Highly sought after for his portrait commissions, the superbly talented painter simultaneously followed the strong tradition of representation in British modern and contemporary art throughout his oeuvre.
A cheese by Christian Furr will take pride of place in your home and be something to truly cherish for generations to come.