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Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol and popular street culture, Chris Acheson's work is vivid and humorous.

History and Background

Chris' earliest artistic influences came from visiting the art galleries of Manchester, where he found the collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and Andy Warhol's silk screens fascinating.

The detail and narrative possibilities in the work of Millais, Waterhouse and Hughes, together with artists local to Chris such as Vallette and Lowry, have also influenced his style.

Ideas and Inspirations

A chance photograph of mannequins in a shop window inspired Chris' latest works.

He explains how: "when I opened it in Photoshop I saw its potential. I liked the way the two worlds collide; the stagnant, staged interior world of the shop dummy is transformed by the reflected random exterior scene of a bustling street into an abstract, humorous image".

The themes of Chris' work are varied but popular street culture, cinema and music are key. As are the album covers and film posters from his youth. Chris feels that his work could easily be recognised as his take on Roxy Music album covers and Hammer Horror film posters.