Chris Spaven was born in Perth in 1943 and was fortunate to receive his early art school training at Perth Technical College where the emphasis was on a good grounding in traditional skills such as life drawing.

Chris states, "My student days at art school in James Street were truly wondrous. Our attention was drawn to the exacting draughtsmanship of the Renaissance Masters. We discovered the wonderful design of the human body in life drawing class, the importance of form, the relationship between skeletal structure, muscle tension, and weight placement.”

After qualifying, he had a successful career as an art director and illustrator as well as running his own studio. Eventually, he was able to concentrate more fully on a career as a full time life - drawing artist.

At all times Chris works directly from a life model avoiding a set 'nude' pose. The aim is to draw or paint quickly, capturing a moment. With meticulous observation he creates sweeping, simple, fluid lines, flowing with rhythm and harmony and enjoys using different media, sometimes applied in combination on a mixed gesso background.

As well as commendations, he has received awards in three different media: charcoal, watercolour and oils. Chris has travelled widely, sketching in locations as diverse as Arnhem Land and Mongolia.  He is also renowned for his Western Australian seascapes capturing iconic locations and events on canvas and paper.