Since his introduction at Gallery Tresco in 2007 Chris Hankey has sold 134 paintings – quite an achievement in five short years and a testament to not only his passion and skill, but his appeal to Tresco’s visitors. He is best known for his large works on canvas, using oils thickly to capture the foam of stormy waves crashing onto rocks.
“I seem to be drawn to very particular places where the constant changing weather shapes the environment. It has something to do with boundaries, where the sea and sky meet. Always when painting the sea I try to capture its movement rather than producing a static image. It’s the whole evolution of the wave as it approaches, breaks and dissipates, yet every time it is unique. To really understand you have to be there, you have to paint it there and in doing this there is a sense in which a painting takes on a particular feel or character”
Chris is currently showing at the gallery until 23rd August, but has a collection of work constantly available at Gallery Tresco.