Chris Wood


Christopher Neville Wood (born 1952) is a British painter, printmaker, illustrator and sculptor.


At the age of 16 he studied at The Ipswich Art School, followed by Wimbledon College of Art, (now known as UAL, University of Arts London). This was followed by a two year PGCE Cert Ed Post graduate course in education at the University of Portsmouth, where he demonstrates drawing and image creation to animation and computer games UG students.


Wood lectures in drawing and painting, both independently and as a tutor with the Omega Art School. He has a fine art practice, operating from studio 3 at Artspace Portsmouth.

He is best known for his  MARITIME painting, often following the "pier head" tradition of ship portraiture, whilst his true love is the open sea. His paintings often depict fleeting light and the ever changing physical characteristics of the sea itself. From early childhood Chris' work has been informed by sailing high performance dinghies, keelboats, cruisers and a wide variety of traditional craft.
Other subject matter includes HUMAN FORM and TOPOGRAPHICAL subjects, which are painstakingly cut from lino and or boxwood and printed on an Albion Press at Omega Printmakers in Portsmouth.

In the past, he has worked in advertising, retail, publishing and education. He has taught art for nearly 30 years and been an academic leader both in Further and Higher Education.

A highly skilled creative draughtsman, observational drawing and traditional craft skills are the corner stones of his practice. He has a reputation for meticulous research and highly detailed work. Primarily a painter, Wood developed a passion for printmaking at art college and produces limited editions of hand pulled lino cuts and wood engravings.

More recently.  Wood has rekindled his interest in urban sketching and is an active member of the Portsmouth Urban Sketchers. Several paintings shown in the Spring 22 Exhibition at Yellow Edge Gallery where informed by plein air studies made  over the winter.

Wood exhibits in the UK and is a regular contributor to solo and group exhibitions


He accepts commissions from international collectors and is always happy to discuss new projects.

Prices vary depending on size and medium. As a guide, while original works are available from as little as £200, commissioned oils on finest quality linen start from £2000. A selection of greetings cards & Giclee fine art prints, ranging from £3 - £250, are available from Chris N Wood, STUDIO 3 Artspace Portsmouth 27 Brougham Road, Southsea PO5 4PA

Chris N Wood has work in numerous private collections in the USA, Canada, South Africa and across Europe.


For the last 30 years he has run a very successful EXPERIMENTAL LIFE DRAWING WORKSHOP in Portsmouth and artists come from far and wide to attend the termly evening classes every Tuesday 7-9pm

For further information on commissioning artwork or joining one of the workshops go to and select CLASSES or email He can also be messaged via Instagram chrisnwoodartist and CHRISWOODATELIER

CURRENTLY, he is working on a major project to restore a vintage wooden yacht - this is linked to his art practise and an exhibition and book will follow.

His work can be seen in The Jack House Gallery in Old Portsmouth and Yellow Edge Gallery in Gosport UK

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