“Everything Exists Now” a group exhibition featuring drawing-based works by 13 artists will run from January 8 through February 18, 2017, at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London.
- January 2017
His deeply considered work, referencing art history, social ideologies, political disharmony and how cultural beliefs shape our cityscapes, has earned him a place in some of the greatest public and private collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum.
- January 2017
'We interviewed Chris to find out more about his upcoming show, his signature icon panel etching work and the differences in being an artist in London and Romania, where he has lived for the past five years.'
- January 2017
Chris Agnew is a British artist known for his highly detailed drawings and icon panel etchings. He received his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University of Leeds in 2008, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2010.
- December 2016
'Derwent, internationally renowned artists’ materials brand are proud to announce the winner of the People’s Choice Award is Chris Agnew for his foreboding graphite drawing, No Word of a Lie'.
- December, 2016
His finely detailed etchings have become his signature style. The occasional pops of bright colour, collaged in perfectly placed geometric snippets add a playful and modern element to the black and white tableaus that play a large role in his work.
- November 2016
"At his show, it struck me that Chris is an iconographer whose subject is iconology -as in he makes art that uses the material, techniques and methods employed by iconographers but he paints (or doesn't) about the problems inherent in identification, description and interpretation."
- February 2016
Landscapes and scenery come in and out of view, obscured by a dense fog of engraved, parallel lines. Jungle vistas and broken columns emit a heavenly aura of blue, or pinkish-orange light.
- January 2016
The Mighty Grip of Fate selected as one of the Top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week, in FAD.
'Classical and contemporary styles come together in this surreal solo show from a talented young artist.'
- January 2014
Review in The Londonist of The Mighty Grip of Fate exhibition, by Tabish Khan
'It is always interesting to observe the evolution of a young artist's work as they carve out their own niche and this exhibition is a perfect example of Agnew's progression and a sign of other interesting artworks to come.
'It is through this delicate balance of permanence and impermanence, of fact versus fiction, that Agnew brings together various elements from history to present an entirely different scenario. Figures from times past and present merge to produce intricate narratives, stories drawn from the threads of history and woven to create new patterns.'
The Mighty Grip of Fate solo exhibition featured in Wall Street International Magazine.
'Herein is the crux of Agnew’s oeuvre – the construction and deconstruction of belief systems, be they political, religious, social or cultural. For the artist, it is the malleable nature of what we hold as ‘truth’ that fascinates him, and how the presentation of information informs our subsequent understanding of events.'
The Mighty Grip of Fate by Chris Agnew: Etching on Panel Illustrates Impermanence of Knowledge...
'Recently picked up by the V&A permanent collection, Chris Agnew is a skilled artist who is adept at both drawing and painting. But it is his signature technique of etching on panel that makes his practice so distinct.'
Interview with Tuesday Gutierrez from MOMARDI art blog about The Pomp of Circumstances solo exhibition.
'He has has the technical ability which some of the contemporary artists lack these days and I am happy he has chosen pencil and etched panels as his medium – the nakedness and the straight-forwardness of these two mediums meant he wasn’t obliged to resort to cheap trickery and create junk installations.
An analysis of the drawing Sacrifice on Criticismism.
'This drawing is a marvel of concentration and detail. Agnew has built his pyramid with perhaps as much slavery as art, brick by tiny brick...'
A review of The Pomp of Circumstances solo exhibition on ArtandExhibit.
'In Agnew’s work, because they are so beautifully and delicately rendered, they capture an expression of purity and calmness. This sense of reverie is enhanced by the artwork acting as an empty stage, devoid of characters, where the viewer can re- imagine such mythologies.
The Way of The Future - shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize - featured in Amelia's Magazine.
'The Way of the Future by Chris Agnew is a curious thing, an etching on resin, glowing as if alive with the power of a sacred megalith.'