Chris Shields, artist and wildlife illustrator,
was born in Manchester England in 1954 and graduated from Northwich
College of Art and Design in 1973.
In 1983 after a short career in advertising
and commercial art he followed his passion for wildlife and
became a self-employed wildlife artist and illustrator, specialising
in book illustration.
He spent many years perfecting his artistic
skills and is now regarded as one of Europes foremost
Wildlife illustrators; he is also a talented painter of landscapes,
still-life, murals and people. Chris has produced to date in
excess of twenty thousand wildlife illustrations in over 300
books, numerous calendars, greeting cards, posters and jigsaw
puzzles. He has exhibited his paintings widely in the United
Kingdom and China and has paintings in public and private collections
all over the world.
As a wildlife artist & illustrator he
has work published by many organisations including: A &
C Black, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Harper Collins, Usborne Publishing
and environmental charities such as: WWF (The World Wide Fund
for Nature), RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds),
FSC (Field Studies Council) and The Wildlife Trusts.
From wildlife illustrator to tango artist!
Another great passion of Chris is Tango Argentino, he
has been dancing for eight years and teaching tango for five
years. Chris taught tango in Shanghai China for two and a half
years and is now teaching Tango in Manchester at the Instituto
Cervantes. This passion for tango is now beginning to show itself
in his paintings and so a new chapter in his career as an artist
has just begun!
If you are, or know of any local artists
(painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, etc) located or based
in and around Manchester please let us know, and if appropriate,
we’ll try to include them. Contact us directly by email.