Christian Hook

Christian Hook art caught the public’s attention when he was named Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2014. Hook's original portraits are held in important permanent collections including several national galleries, and his celebrated sitters include Kristin Scott Thomas, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Ian McKellen. Hook explores the concepts of time and motion using multiple layers of transparent paint to create different perspectives on his subjects. Browse Clarendon’s exclusive collection of Christian Hook prints and enquire about originals.
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Upcoming Event

Upcoming Event

Christian Hook Exhibition

Join us for this landmark event as we celebrate an exemplary body of work from a truly exceptional artist. The evening will include an exclusive exhibition of works spanning Christian’s stellar career, a special preview of a new short film, the unveiling of a new collection of paintings, and a Q&A session with the artist, who will be joining us in the gallery via video link.

The exhibition will be on show in the gallery from Saturday 6th July - Saturday 20th July

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Christian Hook Biography

Over the last 10 years Christian Hook has emerged as one of the most significant artistic voices of his generation. Endlessly curious about the world he is an artist of ideas, approaching his multi-layered narratives with a unique blend of intellect and imagination. His dedication to researching ancient cultures, studying anatomy, or keeping up with the latest scientific and technological advances, has led him to create art which is consistently both innovative and adventurous.


Since he was named as Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year in 2014, Hook’s rise has been meteoric. His work has been recognised with awards and critical acclaim, and several of his paintings are held in important private collections including that of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, as well as in such prestigious public spaces as the Scottish National Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool, the V&A and the Bolton Museum. His celebrated sitters include Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Sir Richard Branson, the Duchess of York, Sir Ian McKellen and most recently, Dame Judi Dench.


Sir John Leighton, Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland’ selected his portrait of actor Alan Cumming from over 100,000 pieces in the collection for his list of ‘100 masterpieces’, alongside works from Rembrandt, Picasso and Matisse, and further recognition came when he was granted the Freedom of the City in Gibraltar, a rare and coveted testament to a distinguished career.


A brilliant communicator and charismatic broadcaster, Hook has also reached out beyond the art establishment, travelling extensively to find subjects which capture the zeitgeist and defying the traditional boundaries between popularity and elitism. He has been the subject of several TV documentaries for Sky Arts, and his own film project, ‘Painting the Invisible’, in which he worked with a team of Nobel Prize-winning scientists to create a completely new kind of art, was hailed as ground breaking.


Hook’s art finds its roots in tradition yet breathes with a contemporary vitality that is both refreshing and nuanced. In an expertly choreographed dance of colour and light, past and present converge to offer multiple viewpoints on a single subject, and his fractured images intersect to create complex and beautiful studies in time and motion. Each piece reflects a deep appreciation for classical art but is driven by his interest in science and philosophy and his ongoing quest for innovation and renewal.


In today’s multimedia landscape, where artistic expression encompasses an unprecedentedly broad spectrum, Hook has achieved something genuinely rare; an authentic and personal style which is not simply recognisable, it is unmistakable. As his 10-year retrospective showed, he has explored many different paths in his search for greater self-expression and artistic truth, and has now confirmed his status as one of the foremost artistic voices of our time.

Investing In Christian Hook

In 2023, Clarendon Fine Art celebrated the 10th anniversary of our relationship with Christian Hook. Over this intensely rewarding decade, Christian has become one of the most sought-after artists in the world, impressing art historians and critics and becoming a huge draw for serious collectors and investors. A brilliant communicator and charismatic broadcaster, he has also reached out beyond the art establishment, travelling extensively to find subjects
which capture the zeitgeist and defying the traditional boundaries between popularity and elitism.

Learn more about investing in Christian's work:

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