Born 1956

1975-78  Longcrofts Chartered Accountants.

1978-79 Chelsea School of Art.

1979-82 Falmouth School of Art.

1981 Exchange student at Camberwell School of Art.

1983 Offered an M.A. at Sussex University but decided to stay in Cornwall.

1985 Started the Artists Co-operative and Gallery in Portscatho, also at this time started Art dealing and a small amount of teaching.

1996  Elected Member Chelsea Arts Club.


1983 The Mid Cornwall Gallery, St.Blazey, Cornwall.

1984 Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall.

1985 Royal Academy of Arts Sumer Show, London.

1986 The Penwith Society of Arts, St. Ives, Cornwall.

1988 The Salon des Acceptes, Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk.

1989 The St.Austell Arts Centre, St.Austell, Cornwall.

1990 Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance, Cornwall. Truro City Museum and Art Gallery, Truro, Cornwall.

1990-5 Broad Street Gallery, Penryn, Cornwall.

1991 Tate Gallery fund raising Auction, Penzance, Cornwall. The Court Gallery, 'IMAGES OF THE WEST COUNTRY' Somerset.

1992 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery 'NOT THE ROYAL ACADEMY' London. The Court Gallery, 'RURAL ENGLAND' Somerset. The Carousel Gallery, Avon.

1992-3 Galerie Gama Deauville, France. Galerie du Port Trouville, France.

1993 Paris Salon, Grand Palais, Paris, France.  Catto Gallery, London.

1994 The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. White Lane Gallery, Plymouth. Alberti Gallery, Cork Street, London. Antwerp Lentesalon 94, City ART EXPO, Antwerp, Belgium.

1994-5 Osborne Studio Gallery, Cork Street, London.

1995 The Penzance Arts Club, Penzance, Cornwall. Hicks Gallery, London.

1996 The Hyde Park Gallery, London. Art for Healing, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall.

1997 David Cross Fine Art, Bristol. Royal Academy of Arts Sumer Show, London. The Carousel Gallery, Avon. The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

1998 Llewellyn Alexander Gallery 'NOT THE ROYAL ACAEMY' London. Utopia Gallery 'ARTISTS FROM PORTSCATHO', West Sussex.    

2000 Osborne Studio Gallery 'THE ROSELAND COASTLINE'  Belgravia, London.

2001 Retrospective exhibition 'PAINTINGS ABOUT PAINTING', Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall.

2002 Affordable art fair Battersea, London. Falmouth Art Gallery 'SEASIDES' Falmouth, Cornwall. Osborne Studio Gallery May and November Belgravia, London.

2003 Christies 'ART FOR LIFE' London. Veryan Galleries 'VALERIE' Veryan, Cornwall. St. Lukes Hospice Charity Auction.

2004 Truro Art school, Truro, Cornwall. Osborne Studio Gallery 'THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS' Belgravia, London.

2005 Nicola Smith Fine Art Surrey. Falmouth art gallery 'Matisse' Falmouth. Cornwall.

2007 Falmouth Art Gallery March-April 'Portrait of a Cornish Art Colony'.

2007 November Helped organize and contributed to Drawing exhibition at Artonomy Fine Art, Truro,

2008 January New Acquisitions Falmouth Art Gallery

2008 August New Acquisitions Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro.

2009 August Belgrave Gallery St. Ives with Eric Ward 

2010 Trewinnard Sketchbook Club Exhibition. Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

2011 British Impressionists June - September Falmouth Art Gallery

2011 Falmouth Frameworks September - November Falmouth Art Gallery

2011  September - October Life .. The Gallery Surrey. Portscatho The Art Colony

2011  Belgrave Gallery St Ives, Summer and Winter mixed shows

2013  29 June - 14 September  Falmouth Art Gallery Making Faces

2015 November -  Belgrave St Ives and The St Ives Society of Artists

40 years of painting. Camberwell students and teachers 1945-1985

2017 -  IMS Prussia Cove charity Art auction London

2018 May - Elected Honorary member St Ives society of Artists


1992 Artists from Cornwall, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.

1993 Biography and Illustration, British Contemporary Art. Paris Salon Catalogue, France.

1995 Art Prices Review, Spring Issue. Art Business Today August Issue.

1997 Travel Weekly (USA) front cover February Issue. Saturday Telegraph September 20th letter.

1998 Panorama Internazionale d'Arte 1998 (Italian Arts Directory). Art Business Today, June Issue. Home and Life Magazine, September Issue.

1999 The Artist Magazine, November Issue. Chelsea Arts Club Year Book.

2000 International Artist Magazine October Issue. 

2001 Chris Insoll Paintings about Painting Catalogue, Falmouth Art Gallery, Introduction by Sarah Dury, ISBN 903913013

2002 Galleries Magazine Nuts and Bolts February Issue. Galleries Magazine Soapbox November Issue.

2003 One day for Haileybury studio photograph. Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel Guide. International Artist Magazine Oct/Nov Issue.

2004 Cornwall today, June Issue.  West Briton, July. Whistler, Chelsea arts club magazine March Issue.

2005 Jackdaw Dec 04/Jan 05 and Oct 05, Artists and Illustrators January and August Issues. British Airways In-flight Magazine, Highlife October Issue.

2006 Who's who in Art 32nd Edition.

2006 Posers Falmouth Art Gallery collection volume 7, ISBN 1-903913-14-4

2006 Art+Artist magazine feature September Issue.

2006Artists in Britain since 1945 by David Buckman  Artdictionaries Ltd. Revised edition 

ISBN 13:9780953260959.

2006 PORTSCATHO: portrait of a Cornish Art Colony by Chris Insoll. Publisher Halsgrove  ISBN:9781841145426.

2007 ST.Ives 1975-2005 by Peter Davies St.Ives printing company+publishing Co.  ISBN:97809483385456.

2007 Oil paintings in public ownership in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly published by the Public Catalouge Foundation. ISBN 1-904931-31-6.

2011 Falmouth Frameworks by Brian Stewart, Lynn Roberts and Paul Mitchell

Sansom & Co ISBN 978-1-906593-75-9

2013 Susan Scates. Manchester Art Fair 

2013 St Ives Society of Artists, Christmas Open


West Country TV. BBC Radio Cornwall. Several local newspapers and magazines in Cornwall and Normandy, France.

From 2006  West Briton, Jackdaw magazine, Western Morning News, Galleries Magazine, Cornwall Today, Inside Cornwall, Falmouth Packet, Cornwall Review.

2007 St.Ives Times+Echo. Peter Davies

2013 February Issue Cornwall Today

2010-2013 Chris ran the Trewinnard sketchbook club at Truro's Royal

Cornwall museum, raising funds for the Royal Institute of Cornwall

2013 Guest curator St Ives society of Artists Christmas open exhibition


1992 Prize-winner, La Federation National de la Culture Francaise, Deauville, France.

1995 Gallery Co-op shortlisted to final 4 in the annual Fine Art Trade Guild Retail Design Award.


From 2001 various workshops Falmouth Art Gallery.

2003 Henry Moore Exhibition, opening speech, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall.           

Pentreath and Little Owls trust workshops, Falmouth art gallery.

2006 Co selector Draws On drawing exhibition, Falmouth Art Gallery.

2010-2013 Chris ran the Trewinnard sketchbook club at Truro's Royal

Cornwall museum, raising funds for the Royal Institute of Cornwall

2013 Guest curator St Ives society of Artists Christmas open exhibition

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