Chris graduated as a geographer and has been fully dedicating himself to drawing since 1990.
The partnership of Chris and Alpha is the most important aspect of the work, but routinely overlooked in favour of a more ‘Outsider’ biography. In earlier times, Alpha was happy to take a back seat and talk of ‘he’; however, as the years have gone by, these misinterpretations of the work have become too much for both of us. In 2012 the Hipkiss couple wrote a blog entry – http://crowparliament.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/challenging-the-myth-of-the-artist/ – describing this process in detail.
Exhibition: 2017: Hipkiss: Yes, but No., Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne (also shows in 2014, 2009, 2005); 2009 Backyard Genius, Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke.
http://crowparliament.wordpress.com/2012//04/challenging-the-myth-of-the-artist/ –
Bree, Henny van; Chris Hipkiss; de vrouw brengt redding, in: Out of Art, jg 3 nr 4, 2008.
Outsider Art Sourcebook, 2009, p.88.

The work of Hipkiss deals with a personal, mythical realm, but based on things actually experienced.

We “like the poetical power of political styled text and grand geographical theories, but [in the end] … they’re just tools to make a beautiful landscape.’ They say ‘femininity taking over’ is an important theme. They believe a past dominated by patriarchal development and destruction has resulted in the depletion of the earth’s resources, placing the best hope for the future in the hands of humanity’s feminine side and blurring the traditional power of the traditional gender roles.”

1964 Alpha in Widnes, UK and Chris in Perivale, UK -