Chris CockburnBorn 1952, Chris Cockburn spent his formative years in Sheffield, Worksop (N. Notts.) and Doncaster, where, as well as enjoying art he developed a lifelong love of all aspects of Natural History. He studied Zoology at Imperial College, London, where he was awarded grants to take part in scientific expeditions to the Ruwenzori mountains, Uganda and the Gombak Forest, Malaysia. Chris later retrained as a biochemist then worked in medical research for about 15 years in London, North Carolina, and Cambridge. In between research contracts he would generally go off to some remote part of the world, observing the natural environments and their fauna and flora.

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In mid-life, Chris reinvented himself as an artist, after doing a Foundation Course in Art and Design at the 'City Lit' London. All his work reflects his love of nature, and he has been fortunate to observe much of his subject matter at first hand.

His colourful wildlife linoprints not only show a little of how each creature either blends into, or contrasts with its environment, but also its sheer beauty. 207 original zoology linoprints, all printed and numbered in unique runs of about 26, have been completed (more underway) attempting to show something of the loveliness, range and diversity of the animal kingdom. All measure 12" X 12" and are printed in 7–12 colours, on very good quality paper, using linseed oil based inks (they should be as long lasting as oil paintings). Most wildlife prints are produced from a single block of lino. Chris's long term aim is to write a book, using his prints as illustrations.

Chris's work is highly individual, due at least in part to his use of a delicate combination of cutting and caustic soda etching.

He regularly exhibits in London and also in the North of England.