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‘The Baron Gilvan is a working name I present my paintings through as contemporary painter it becomes a vehicle from which to make work in the studio and a means for me to push the work forward.’ Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Decalogue: rules that emerge through my work .

1. Begin by feeling epic and frail

2. Remember a foolish romantic locates and explores the world as a hallucinatory playground.

3. Identify three states of mind either breakdown, catatonic or euphoric.

4. Exercise play as a radical act, this is crucial.

5. Explore invented narratives involving corporeal figures falling or about to fall apart. They are abandoned yet preoccupied in the process of finding self realisation and enlightenment.

6. Employ motifs including tangled forms gathered and rested, non topographic landscapes, shafts of preternatural light in terrain occupied by a wonky inside-outsider hanging in the balance, raw, unflinching revelling in the intensity of life itself.

7. Apply the paint through automatism, drawing rabid-like and directly wet into wet using whats at hand, charcoal, spray paint, rags, fingers, oils and acrylics.

8. Invite an audience to enter the painting as a hermetic portal between an instinctive inner and outer reality operating as a pineal body.

9. Lift, twist and turn the canvas until images reveal a cliff edge or a space containing pathos and absurdity.

10. All of the above can be broken at any time.

‘Touching, tender and funny. We could have filled the seats twice over.’
Elizabeth Gilmore, director Jerwood Gallery Hastings

‘With his debauched marionette’s face and terrifying magnanimity,
The Baron is a creation that makes dingy rooms glow.’
Robin Ince, comedian and broadcaster

‘The Baron is a rare bird; one with little ego and one who realises life is too short for irony or cynicism. His work comes blazing from his heart – sublime and ridiculous, beautiful and dangerous.’
Gary Goodman, painter and poet.

‘To me, the Baron is about the exploration and validation of personal experience, life in all its conflictual and unintelligible glory; in short, quality of life.’
Daniela Petrassi, audience member and collector

It was awesome! There were a hundred and twenty two paintings! The house was white and everything inside was white , except the paintings. There were paintings on the walls and paintings on easels. He has got really big paintbrushes. I like the big easels. There were black paintings and coloured in paintings. The Baron told us that artists do paintings on boards sometimes and in books and everywhere and he really likes painting! He did a painting at the station by my house and Ive got one of his pretty colourful ones with pink and yellow and it looks like fire and dinosaurs and it makes me feel happy.
by Barnaby Sadler aged 5 Catkins class visit to The Baron Gilvan’s studio.

The Baron Gilvan in the studio
The Baron Gilvan in the studio

The Baron Gilvan
Chris Gilvan-Cartwright is a graduate from Central Saint Martins (BaHons first class), Academy Fine Art Cracow Poland ( Painting under Prof. Nowosielski) and University of Brighton (MA Fine Art). He won the Royal Overseas league Travel scholarship where he painted in India and Nepal. On his return he was commissioned to design the BBC Proms logos for two seasons. He has exhibited widely and performed at the Towner Museum of Contemporary Art and Jerwood Gallery Hastings.