Chris Beetles is a foremost dealer in British art, with a world-leading specialisation in cartoons and illustrations. Many and regular exhibitions at his gallery in St James’s, London, and their attendant publications have done much to promote illustrative artwork over the last three decades. The Royal College of Art appointed him an Honorary Fellow in 2003 in recognition of his services to Illustration.
Since 1983, Chris Beetles has proved the main populariser of Louis Wain through a series of annual shows. He is now recognised as the leading authority on the artist, and is regularly approached by museums, auctions and collectors to adjudicate on the authenticity of the many works that appear on the market.
The trailer for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the extraordinary artist. The upcoming Louis Wain’s Cats is a treasure-trove biography, showcasing Wain’s cats in all their exuberant, animated, uninhibited glory, with over 300 plates reproduced faithfully from the original artwork.