The making of an artist

Artist Chris Rigby at work in his studio at Capenwray.
Artist Chris Rigby at work in his studio at Capenwray.
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AFTER being crowned winner of the inaugural Open Up North art competition run by the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal HOLLY BLACKWELL went to meet artist Chris Rigby at his studio near Carnforth.

THE work of Chris Rigby is quite simply breathtaking.

It’s no wonder that judges of the recent Open Up North competition declared his painting Cut Throat Rock the winner over more than 400 entries.

But for someone with such talent and skill, it has taken more than 30 years for Chris to build up his confidence as an artist.

“People say I’m talented, but it’s just like hard work for me,” said Chris.

“I didn’t come from an artistic background.”

Chris was born in Lancaster and spent his childhood growing up in Brookhouse. He left Lunesdale County Secondary School at 16 and after three years found himself enrolling on an art foundation course at White Cross.

“At the time I didn’t want to do fine art because I found it depressing and didn’t understand it,” said Chris.

“I just wanted to paint pictures. I didn’t want to do fine art so I thought I was going to be a graphic artist.”

See The Visitor (08-1-11) for full story.