Christopher Arran

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Dark Matter is the pseudonym of illustrator, animator and NFT artist Chris Arran, Senior Lecturer of Fashion Communication at Brighton University with over 15 years experience as a successful commercial illustrator.

Dark Matter is the latest evolution in an illustrious artistic career, which began with Chris creating 3D artwork for clients including MTV, Swatch and Cosmopolitan, moving into digital painting, and now embracing an innovative new technical approach.  


Chris creates animated collages that are fizzing and sparkling with style, blending live action footage with animation, 3D illustration, and sharp editing, offering both animation and still imagery integrated with AR. They are driven by the universal energy that connects us all, exuding positivity and giving a voice to inclusivity and diversity. 


Chris’s art is defined by the artist’s curiosity, exploring a variety of ideas including the beauty of black skin, the celebration of age, and questions about sustainability and ways to live in a more vibrant world.

Recently I have given lectures on my work at various art institutions including:

BA Fine Art, University of California 

BA Creative Art Practice, Shanghai University

BA  Fashion Illustration, London College of Fashion 

MA illustration & MA Sustainable Design, Kingston University 

Research interests

Member of 'BROW' the Fashion Communication and Business Studies staff creative collective.

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Institute of Higher Education Academy

4 Nov 201520 May 2016

Award Date: 6 Jun 2016

Master, Graphic Design, Manchester Metropolitan University

24 Sept 198614 Dec 1987

Award Date: 6 Jun 1987

Bachelor, Illustration (Hons), Manchester Metropolitan University

24 Sept 19834 Jun 1986

Award Date: 10 Jun 1986


  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • ND Painting
  • NX Arts in general
  • NE Print media