Chris Valentine is an artist & illustrator from Johannesburg. His interest in image making began at a young age, with obsessive sketches of Asterix & Obelix, comic book superheroes and with the making of action figures from paper, cardboard and whatever else he could find.
After matric, Valentine worked as a graphic design intern, producing branding material, album covers and artwork, leading to his decision to go freelance in 2010.
This freedom allowed Valentine to focus more on his fine art, which explores classical and contemporary painting through the lens of urban culture. Valentine is establishing a solid following for his bold portraits through which he questions the formation of identity in the age of the internet. Inspired by old and contemporary Masters alike, from Velázquez and Sargent to James Jean and Phil Hale, Valentine typically uses the vast 'scape of the internet to find inspiration.
2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair, with 99 Loop, Johannesburg
2018 Cape Town Art Fair, with 99 Loop, Cape Town
2018 SubText, solo, 99 Loop, Cape Town
2017 FNB Joburg Art Fair with 99 Loop
2017 Denmark Tattoo & Art Convention, Aarhus, Denmark
2017 ShadowLands, solo, 99 Loop, Cape Town
2017 Cape Town Art Fair with 99 Loop
2017 B L I S S, solo, 99 Loop, Cape Town
2016 Imprint/Blueprint with Stefan Smit, 99 Loop, Cape Town
2016 30X30 Under 30, Rust en Vrede, Durbanville
Illustrator’s show, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg
Lyle & Scott exhibition, MOMO, Johannesburg
Group show – Glyph Gallery
SMEG exhibition – Museum of Modern Art, Johannesburg
Red Bull exhibition – Braamfontein private space, Johannebsurg
Bondage Group Show – Spasie Gallery, Cape Town
Group Show – Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
Illustrator’s Show (Alexander’s Band) – Design Indaba
Rotary Exhibition – Hyde Park Corner
Designers Against Child Slavery Exhibition – New York & South Carolina