Christopher Le Brun studied painting at the Slade and Chelsea schools of Art. Following his first one-man exhibition at the Nigel Greenwood Gallery in London in 1980, he rapidly established an international reputation exhibiting world-wide in many of the major survey shows of the decade, such as Zeitgeist, Berlin 1982 and Avant-garde in the eighties, Los Angeles 1987. In 2005 his work was included in Contemporary Voices, at the Museum of Modern Art New York.
Le Brun served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1990-95, of the National Gallery from 1996-2003 and Dulwich Picture Gallery from 2000-2005. In 1996 he was elected to the Royal Academy and he was Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy from 2000-2002. He was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011.
Le Brun's work is in many public collections both in the UK and abroad including the Tate, the British Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2005 a cast of his large bronze sculpture Union –Horse with Two Discs, was installed at the entrance to the Museum of London.
Recent exhibitions include: 'Capture the Castle: British Artists and the Castle, from Turner to Le Brun', Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (2017); 'New Paintings' ARNDT, Singapore (2016); 'New Paintings' Friedman Benda Gallery, New York (2014); and 'The distance: new painting and sculpture', New Art Centre (2010).