Chris Tkacz ARBSA
Chris studied at Birmingham School of Art & Design in the early 70s where he gained a BA and MA degree in Fine Art. The strong influence of American abstract painting fused with a more romantic English landscape tradition shaped his work during these formative years.
Chris has also woven the Eastern European roots of his Father’s Polish background into his complex cocktail of inspiration. In 1978 he began to teach Art & Design at Beauchamp College in Leicester and later was Head of Art and Design at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne.
After moving to Holloway in Derbyshire with his young family in the 90s, the Derbyshire Dales with all its beauty and dynamism has been the source of inspiration and subject matter for over 20 years.
Chris has taken early retirement from his teaching position and now paints full time. He was elected as an associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2016 and was awarded first prize in the Societies prize exhibition.