Famous Burlingtonians

Chris Bacon - Artist

The paintings of Chris Bacon have won worldwide recognition and acclaim. Born in England, Bacon immigrated to Canada in the mid-seventies, settling in Burlington. He made his artistic debut in 1980 and has worked at his painting on a full-time basis ever since. He is a ‘Master Signature Member’ of the Society of Animal Artists and has received seven ‘Awards of Excellence’ from that organization (92-94,96-98,12) in addition to the ‘Elliot Liskin Memorial Award’ in 96. He was honoured to receive the prestigious ‘Master Wildlife Artist Award’ from the Woodson Art Museum in 04 and in 08 received the ‘Trustees Purchase Award’ from the National Museum of Wildlife Art. In 2012 Chris was presented with the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal’ in recognition of his achievement in the arts.

 

The move to Burlington from a small village in Kent, England back in my mid-teens proved to be somewhat serendipitous. Shortly after my arrival here, I met a few key individuals that helped point me in the right direction and set me on a course I would follow for the rest of my life. They say ‘timing is everything’ and it may not have happened anywhere else. Unlike Canada, in those days England was clearly not the land of opportunity, and my budding thoughts and aspirations of ‘becoming’ an Artist were simply unrealistic. Burlington has a wonderful art community. The encouragement I received back then gave me confidence and provided me with the opportunity I needed to pursue a career as a full-time professional Artist. The move to Burlington came at a pivotal time for me because the people of this city and the opportunities that arose helped launch me on my current trajectory. For that I will be eternally grateful. Dreams can come true here…for this is the land of opportunity! CB