Performed Paintings

    SOME WORK FROM CIRCA 1995 – 2010


For ten years,  Channing specialised in ‘Living Paintings’ as performance art and theatre.

He reproduced, and then brought to life in a guilt frame, portraits by artists such as da Vinci, van Gogh, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso and Braque.
These ‘Living Paintings’ or “Quadri Vivi” were unique in Europe.

When seen in ‘theatrical’ settings, i.e. for a seated and silent audience, the frame and tableau would be unveiled and a 30 minute ‘show’ would follow.
This would often be based on one theme or aspect of the life of either the painter or the subject of the portrait; sometimes both.
Like a silent ‘recitative’ and aria.


They were also seen at arts festivals, private events in galleries and museums (including the Louvre in Paris and the Leonardo da Vinci Science Museum in Milan), at corporate events and have been central to over 50 guest appearances on Italian television.
Corporate clients include a European Union conference on climate change, Rolex Sardinia regatta week, BMW car launch, private parties for Selfridge’s and Samsonite.

His repertoire included

– Vincent van Gogh. ‘Self-Portrait’
– Vincent van Gogh. ‘Portrait of the postman of Arles, Monsieur Roulin’
– Pablo Picasso. ‘Harlequin au Bar Lapin Agile’
– Leonardo da Vinci. ‘The Girl with the Ermine’
– René Magritte. Son of Man
– Georges Braque.   ‘Portrait of a man” in the cubist style explored and developed by Braque and Picasso during the 1910s.
– Leonardo da Vinci.  ‘Mona Lisa’ – as a comedy piece.

Performances created as commissions for RAI television:

– Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. .’Portrait of an English gentleman at the Moulin Rouge, ‘Portrait of William Warrener’
– Henri Matisse. Portrait of Madame Matisse
– Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi). Bacchus Unwell