Chris Klein

Chris Klein is a hyperrealism painter who lives and works in Montréal, the largest city in Canada’s Québec province. Below is an interview with Lost in Composition discussing his life and works. Following the video are samples of his art, items discussed in our discussion, and links to his site. I thank Chris for his time and use of his images; it means a lot to me.  

Chris Klein
Flash of Mauve, Splash of Puce (Phantom of the Opera), 2021
Acrylic on canvas
60″x54″, unframed
Chris Klein
Just off the Bermondsey Road (Zandra Rhodes Collection), 2022
Acrylic on canvas
30″x30″, unframed
Chris Klein
Curl of Lip, Swirl of Gown (Phantom of the Opera), 2019
Acrylic on canvas
60″x36″, unframed

My favorite painting by Chris is the one he painted for Disney, which became The Lion King brochure cover. I asked him if I could post an image of it on this page. Unfortunately, Disney holds the rights to this image, so I cannot post the painting. However, Disney did put the artwork out there, so I’ve scanned the front of the pamphlet:   

Chris Klein
The Lion King, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
58″x58″, unframed
Artwork may not be used or reproduced © Disney

It may be hard for some to visualize the costumes Chris paints worn on stage. Most reading this probably haven’t been able to see the shows painted by Chris; I haven’t. The thing I like most about the costume paintings Chris creates is that I don’t need to be familiar with the shows to appreciate his works. For those reading who would like to see one of the costumes Chris has painted being worn, below is an image of the shirt worn by Freddie Mercury we discussed in the video, as well as an image of Freddie with the shirt on. 

Chris Klein
The Show Must Go On, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
30″x54″ unframed

During our interview, Chris and I discussed his paintings of crushed vehicles. Here is a timelapse video of him painting one: 

Chris Klein’s website:

A list of galleries representing Chris can be found at the bottom of his homepage:

Zandra Rhodes:

Zandra Rhodes on Wikipedia:

Victoria and Albert Museum:

Victoria and Albert Museum on Wikipedia:

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited:

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio:

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio on WIkipedia:

Joseph Wright of Derby:

The Phantom of the Opera:

Andrew Lloyd Webber:

Andrew Lloyd Webber on Wikipedia:

The Guild of Motoring Artists:

Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss:

The Stratford Festival:

Brian May:

Brian May on Wikipedia:

Save Me Trust:

Freddie Mercury:

The Mercury Phoenix Trust:


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