┆Artist Christian Furr was born in 1966 and studied Foundation Art at Wirral Metropolitan College before taking Fine Art at Leicester Polytechnic, graduating with a First in 1989. His final degree piece ‘The Artists Studio’ (9 x 6ft) was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery annual portrait award show. In 1995, aged 28, Furr became the youngest artist to paint a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, after being commissioned by Royal Overseas League. His works have been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
In the catalogue for his 2019 retrospective exhibition at Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead, Furr shares an anecdote of his time at DMU: "_When Furr began his degree in Fine Art at De Montfort University in Leicester, he found inspiration for his work at the college library. A habit seemingly formed at Wirral Metroplitan College. His foundation report had the name heading as “Chris (I think he’s in the library) Furr”. Joe McGillivray, his tutor, had written this at the top because whenever he asked his fellow foundation students where Furr was, that was their response. At the Kimberlin Library at De Montfort University, I discovered a huge archive of film stills from kitchen sink dramas of the 60s. ‘Look Back In Anger’ with Richard Burton and Clare Bloom included an image of them in a confined space with the female protagonist at an ironing board. I started watching all these black and white films and discovered things like ‘A Kind of Loving’ with Alan Bates and the quirky writing of Shelagh Delaney and ‘A Taste of Honey’. At college, I started doing etchings based on these film stills that also included lines from the films._"