By Yasmijn Jarram

Even though Chris Hipkiss does have some academic abilities, he left school at sixteen to become a pupil in his father’s shrine making business. By that time, he had already illustrated a book that he had written himself about an idyllic, but unusual fantasy land. He resigned from his job to concentrate on drawing from 1990 onwards.

His early work consists of small scribbles, of androgynous figures, often with a political message. These are still the most important elements in Hipkiss’s work, which consists mainly of dazzlingly detailed landscapes. Large Cityscapes full of towers, buildings, and figures drawn with monochrome 4B pencils. His visionary architectures are striking because of their symmetry.