Christian Ovonlen


Christian Ovonlen’s work has developed from his interest in music, fashion and costume design. His practice begins in drawing. He uniquely translates the rich, layered colours found in his collections of drawings into hand crafted prints on paper and large scale printed silk hangings.



Christian Ovonlen’s recent work references Ballets Russes and theatre productions from the 19th and 20th Century, incorporating costume, scenography and dramatic lighting to create intricate and vivid marks hand painted on luxuriously hand dyed silks. Employing drawn and gestural mark making and distinctive use of colour, these complex and rich compositions result in unique works that hang vertically to reference the stages and performers from which they take their inspiration.

As winner of the 2022 Brookfield Properties Craft Award, these artworks were acquired for the national Crafts Council Collection and new works commissioned for exhibition in the Summer of 2022.

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2022
  • 'Theatrical' Brookfield Properties Craft Award - 99 Bishopsgate
  • 2022
  • 'Botanical' Brookfield Properties Craft Award - Aldgate Tower
Group Exhibitions
  • 2023
  • A Lion in the Studio - Copeland Gallery
  • 2023
  • Bloom - York Art Gallery
  • 2022
  • Collect 2022 - Somerset House
  • 2017
  • Fashioning Space - Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2016
  • The Long Nights: Intoart Winter Exhibition - Whitfield Street London
  • 2016
  • Intoart Annual 2016 - Percy Street London
  • 2015
  • Intoart Annual 2015 - Studio Voltaire London
  • 2015
  • Open 2015 - Studio Voltaire
Public events
  • 2015
  • Collection Tours, Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 2014
  • Live Archive Part 2, Tate Britain