Monday, 3 December 2018

Inspirational pork pie...

On a sublimely hot day during August past, I took to the hills. I aimed the car due North and found myself in Derbyshire. And after walking miles and miles, high and low I rested alongside a riverbank. Kissed by dappled light and a cool breeze I sat, sketched and tucked into a pork pie ( with pickle..: ) From those moments of enjoyment, observation and reflection I reminded myself of 'That's how you make a painting Chris.' 
So I did, and here it is.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

We're ready to go..

September Blooms - Warkton

This piece along with 17 new Proutings will be on show on Friday 30th November 2018
at Boughton House, Kettering NN14 1BJ  from 6 - 9pm
If you are close by and curious do pop in...:-)


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Christmas wrapping

Getting ready for the festive displays...

Illustrated here are some new landscapes of my home county in Northamptonshire.
They shall be on display from December 1st at the Boughton House festive extravaganza!

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

It has been a while...

The past years have been extremely busy in studio Prout. My business has grown and grown and my paintings now get displayed all over the UK and beyond. Travelling around the UK developing my works from new locations is great fun though in fairness tiring too.. And with that in mind, earlier this year it became quite apparent that I was neglecting my home patch. So, I've decided to address that issue.

It was most timely to be approached by new Galleryists Lovelock Millar to exhibit recent and new works at the beautiful Boughton House in dear ol Northamptonshire... ( And just 10 minutes from my front door!) So, how chuffed am I? Very! It been nearly 5 years since my last significant public showing of paintings in the county.

At Boughton House, 'll be sharing this 'pop up' event with talented landscape painter Zoe Taylor, sculpture by Rachael Higgins and stylish ceramics by Melanie Keevil and Jewels Williams Peplow. It will make for an enjoyable body of works displayed in the splendid Tapestry suite and we share this festive event with Boughton House who will be retailing Christmas Trees, gifts cake, coffee and cheer.

It seems a fitting time for me to reappraise the local lifescape in the midlands and nearer to home. This strikes me as a pretty good start and I'm very much looking forward to the coming months ahead too.

Illustrated above is a new painting of Grafton Underwood.
I vividly remember preparing drawings on site for this piece. It was a perishingly cold March morning.. even my pencil lead froze. It was uncomfortable but worthwhile and a very enjoyable painting to do..:-)

Cold Spring.
76 x 50 cm plus bespoke frame
Available at Boughton House from 30 November


Monday, 5 November 2018

Some news

Further details of contributing artists and opening times very soon..

Friday, 19 October 2018

A Special!


Today is my ‘Fine art Friday.’I have a few original paintings available which are only for sale direct from my studio. There will be a selection of landscapes and florals over the coming weeks that are designed to be unique gifts for you. These works are unframed so giving you the opportunity to add your own personal touch to suit your pocket or decor. The acrylic paintings are on paper, mounted on board with backing panel. They are cello wrapped for protection and ready for you to go to your framer to add a moulding and or glass.
The piece illustrated here is a new floral. 

Titled: Arrangement No 10
Acrylic on paper
Size : 20 x 12cm on a mount board 35 x 30cm
Priced at £165.00 inc registered UK postage
Or £180.00 elsewhere in the cosmos.
There is a 7 day no quibble return policy, just simply return the artwork in the fashion you received it. Return registered postage at your cost.
Payment via online banking, cheque
Delivery speeds by arrangement and subject to payment method
Please text, or direct message me for expressions of interest.

Monday, 1 October 2018

As the nights draw in...

My new painting 'Last light' shall be on show with my gallery The British Art Portfolio at Noseley Hall, Leicestershire from 3-7th October 2018. BAP's have an array of talented painters and makers on show. I am, as always, delighted to be mucking in..

Last light - Norfolk Coast
90x90cm Plus bespoke frame
Acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

There is still a chance to bag a bargin!

My painting Sheep, Fields and Church - Loddington - 2018
20x25cm plus frame, is still up for grabs...

Full details on my Facebook page.

This event is now over... but thank you very much if you had a peep and took part. 

Monday, 3 September 2018

Going for a song...

Hello All ..
This week will see our small village rallying folk to fundraise and help support our amenities. The weekend of the 8-9th September our church will be smothered in flowers, bunting will be strung, cakes will be baked and a possy of flower festival enablers will be at full tilt. Arms and legs will be crossed for fine weather and that interested visitors support too...: )
Our spot of green landmass in Northamptonshire is really tiny.. Just about 400 of us and quite a few dogs, so donations are hard earned. My personal offering is to donate this new painting of our village Church. It really would be great to raise a little to get things moving... and all proceeds of a sale of the framed original painting will go to our Flower Festival funds.
The painting ( illustrated here ) has been painted in acrylic on panel is 25 x 20cm in size. It's also presented in a bespoke hand painted frame. 'It would lovely in your living room... Honestly!'
The fun auction is open to all... If you would like to make a bid please leave a message on my Facebook page stating your interest and amount. I'll will also include Free postage delivery within the UK. Elsewhere at cost.

'If I know you'... I'm happy to take telephone bids... I do realise some folk are not so social media happy.
The auction is open now and will conclude at 7pm on Thursday 6th September 2018


Friday, 31 August 2018

A Welsh rare bit..

This Pembrokeshire flavoured artwork has finally arrived in London.
It can be viewed, sampled and consumed at Highgate Contemporary Art, Highgate, North London.
It's certainly is a lively and colourful ditty.. with essence of heather and gorse.

Cheers : )

Thursday, 23 August 2018

As I walked out one mid summer morning...

Some weeks back when our usually green and pleasant land was scorched and parched I took myself for a wander to the Peak district. The plan was to record and enjoy the day. I pitched up in Rowsley armed with sketchbook and pencil, an open mind and an iron lung. I walked for nearly 6 hours on a hot and dusty collecting visual reference points of interest and using the river Wye as my walking companion and guide. Lots of drawing was done and in the following weeks I painted 10 new works which will be on show at Gallerytop during September 2018

Illustrated above is one of the works. A view through the trees and along the Wye to Chatsworth..
A lovely walk at anytime of year..

Friday, 22 June 2018

You saw it here first..

The past umpteen months have been a wonderfully creative time. My work along with my thinking about the works I produce are evolving. They are becoming more mature and allowing me to be bolder yet more minimal. I am very much enjoying the process.

Illustrated here is an example of the new way forward.
Evening sky, looking West

Monday, 11 June 2018

New from the West

On a recent trip to Solva, Pembrokeshower, it was very much a case of four seasons in one day. The west benefits from the most wonderful of landscape but also endures the most erratic weather. However being a painter of ‘atmospherics’... it appeals to me very much!
There is a coastal path walk from Solva to St David’s that is dramatic, dynamic and will truly make your eyes water.. though my knees were knocking so hard I’m sure they could be heard back in Northamptonshire! It’s well worth a trip.. Back at base camp however is the most beautiful of ports.. and it has it all. A huge sea, a massive sky and a clearing to watch the weather arrive.
Illustrated here is a moment before the rain, then the sun, then the wind then a high tide and so on..

This new painting along with five others from the studio will be at the summer exhibition in Cardiff at the lovely Albany Gallery, very soon.

A change is in the air
Solva - Pembrokeshire
60x60cm plus frame

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Pasture's new maybe

It is always good and healthy to look, reconsider and refresh.
Hence I'm considering an additional framing style for my artworks. My current presentation moulding is successful and much loved. I'm sure you've witnessed quite a few times... So, here is another I have in the works.. I wonder what you think?

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Green fingers

This time last year I started work on a really enjoyable commission at Packington Hall, Warwickshire. I was given the opportunity to roam the Capability Brown designed grounds of this beautiful estate. Attached here are a couple of the finished works.
Grounds and gardens are a rich source of visual intrigue for me. Gardens of course are works of art in themselves, formed and nurtured like a painting from brush to canvas. Both take time to evolve and both require a journey of a lifetime to master and enjoy.

Friday, 1 June 2018


Although there are no solo exhibitions planned for me this year.. (I really, really need a rest) there is much on going in StudioProut. I shall be supplying my galleries with fresh stock and indeed I continue to take part in smaller mixed artist exhibitions and charity events throughout 2018

Illustrated below is a new piece produced this week. This kind of work helps me get back in the rhythm of painting once again... aiding the brain bone to reconnect to finger bones. 

Titled: Streaker and dog
60 x 60cm acrylic on canvas

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ah ha!

It's been a while and thought it was time to say hello once again.. Hope you are well and I look forward to sharing new works and ideas once again.

'Summer Bloom', Warfleet Dartmouth.

This piece will be on show very soon at Dart Gallery..
50x40cm plus frame
acrylic on panel

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Monday, 18 December 2017

its been a while coming but...

2018 will see me and my work operating in a different way...
...and in preparation 'a spring clean!'

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Winter sun, North Norfolk

Monday, 11 September 2017

We're up and running

I currently have work on show at Bircham Gallery in Holt, Norfolk. There are 33 Norfolk inspired paintings from me alongside some stunning ceramic vessels crafted by Rachel Wood.

Doors close at 5pm on the 4th October 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


I'm very much looking forward to my next solo exhibition in Holt, Norfolk. Bircham Gallery are the hosts and as always they a delight to work with.

Celebrated ceramic artist Rachel Wood will be showing her stunning ceramics alongside 30 plus paintings from me. All works are for sale and we shall both be at the gallery this forthcoming Saturday 9th September. You are very welcome to pop along, have a natter and nosey.

The exhibition continues until 4th October..

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Monday, 26 June 2017

final days

It's the final week in Cardiff if you fancy a peek at a pot and a painting...

Sunday, 11 June 2017


Such a joy to be showing my work back in Cardiff.
I love painting the hills and sea.. and working with team AG

On show until 1st July

Saturday, 27 May 2017

All is calm

All is calm. Pembrokeshire
26x21cm plus frame
Acrylic on paper

Available from 9th June

Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Garden Gallery

I grew this piece from seed and it's blooming well in the early summer warmth.
It'll be on display in Cardiff from 9th June.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Post election relief...

A warm wind with evening shadows... Pembrokeshire
76x50cm plus frame
On show at The Albany Gallery, Cardiff.
9th June 2017 until 1st July 2017

Saturday, 20 May 2017

From sketchbook to canvas

June 9th will see my return to The Albany Gallery in Cardiff. I shall have 41 new works on show and have the company of talented ceramist Paul Wearing. 
My new works focus on a small but significant spot in and around North Pembrokeshire. Due to the failing health of my lovely old dog I found myself restricted in my creative endeavours. However with the help of friends at Pentower in Fishguard who offered accommodation for me, Josh and a place to paint. Aided also by some glorious weather, what initially seemed a major problem to overcome became the best of times for us both. The paintings were created from early September 2016 through to April 2017 and It's fair to say that the new works in essence illustrate our playground. A place we could walk (very slowly) and share (food and sunsets) what time we had left. It's a very, very happy place. The ol pooch made it through to March this year with a happy and dignified conclusion.
Illustrated here is a vital part of the process.. drawing, thinking and feeling... from sketchbook to canvas.
'Afternoon light in the Parish of Mathry'
60x60cm plus frame
acrylic on canvas panel

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Not fake news, it's real honestly..

I'm very much looking forward to my second solo show with Albany Gallery in Cardiff during June.
I have the company of highly respected ceramicist Paul Wearing. His work is stunning.
There will be 41 new works on show from me and I hope you get a chance to come along to say hello.

PV, Friday 9th June 5-8pm.
Meet the artist... Saturday 10th June, 11am- 4pm at the gallery.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday, 1 May 2017


Here's a little something that may well be a tonic for the post UK election indigestion..

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Spring has sprung

Next week (weekend of 21-23 April ) I'm lucky enough to have some works on show in Gloucestershire.. Hosted by my selling agents the British Art Portfolio and courtesy of The Manor, Coln St Dennis, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 3JU. There will be some wonderful art on display. A percentage of all sales go to the Charity, Ronald McDonald House, Oxford. 

Free admission

Monday, 27 February 2017

It's been a while...

Hello... I have a selection of 6 new and recent works coming up on show commencing 16th March.

It's been quite a while since I've shown in my home county, so I'm really looking forward to this.
I'll post more information next week but here is a flavour of what to expect from me.

Other exhibiting artist are quite fabulous and I feel very lucky to be sharing some space alongside.
The venue is Deene Park, Deene and hidden in the scruffy ol wilds of Northamptonshire. A packed lunch, wellies and compass maybe be useful... But well worth the effort I can assure you

Here is a piece I finished framing today and will available to view at Deene
River at dusk
90x90cm plus frame...

16th-19th March


Friday, 24 February 2017

For that special moment...

Hello...  here is an opportunity to clinch a Prout original artwork direct from the studio. It’s an ideal gift if you need a special gesture, starting a collection or simply treating yourself.

The new painting illustrated is on top quality gesso primed paper. The acrylic painting is varnished, signed verso and fixed to 4mm hand painted mdf.

The unique artwork is 150mm x 100mm and the back panel is 350mm x 300mm.  The idea is that you can pop down to your local framer and drape the work with a moulding / finish of your choosing.

My introductory price of £170.00 is inclusive of registered postage in mainland UK. International territories will incur appropriate postage fee at cost price

Please note: These original works are only available from me direct and will not be available in galleries.

There is limited stock so if you are interested in a purchase feel free to email me or drop me a message via Facebook, Twitter etc... or an old fashioned phone call will do too!

Painting title: Calm after the storm

Now Sold
Thank you

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Brass and monkeys...

A cold day at the office...

Monday, 2 January 2017


This is my first painting complete for 2017. It feels like a pretty good start to work in what will be a busy year. I have some nice things lined up for the months ahead... and what I can tell you now is that there will be solo exhibitions from me in Cardiff in June and at Holt during September 2017. They really are favourite months for me to show my work and at two lovely venues. I feel very very lucky. I am also working on new paintings from around my home in Northamptonshire. Personal circumstances are not allowing me to drift further afield as was originally planned. However I am taking the opportunity to focus on the beautiful landmass surrounding me. It's been a while coming and I'm really looking forward to it. Illustrated above is one such piece and it depicts a favourite walk for me and the Joshthedog at Sywell Country Park.

I'd also like to thank you for supporting me here by either browsing, commenting, visiting my exhibitions and of course purchasing my work. You really have no idea how thrilled I get when works are sold.. ( It's a bit sad maybe at my age... but there you go:)  Sales indeed allow me to keep on painting and doing the thing I love. So thank you very much and I plan to keep at it if that's ok with you.

Here's wishing you a happy and healthy 2017... and do keep in touch.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Evening sun

Some inspiration from my recent visit to Norfolk

25 x 30 cm plus frame
Acrylic on panel

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A Christmas cracker

I recently delivered 7 new works to the lovely Bircham Gallery in Holt. The piece illustrated above is amongst them. It happens to be a personal favourite of mine from this years stock.

It's currently available to view and purchase from the gallery website

End of day…
76 x 51cm plus bespoke frame
Acrylic on panel