What I do

My current work has concentrated on landscape paintings made ‘in situ’ with large houses and gardens providing the theme. I attempt to convey an atmosphere and a sense of mystery about a venue despite it being recognisable to those who know the location.

I like to paint in acrylic on paper, the medium limiting the message at times but liberating it at others. The intention is to balance a careful design element with wilder, more gestured passages.

What I think

I feel that there has been a tendency by historians and the cogniscenti to group artists together for convenience. Usually painters are too busy getting on with their next piece of work to worry unduly about this.

Where I exhibit

I am currently represented by Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, Didsbury and in the past has had solo exhibitions at the London College of Printing (1986), Vernon Gallery, Preston (1986), Haworth Art Gallery (1987), Hanover Gallery (1987), Warrington Gallery (1988), Grundy Gallery (1989), Townley Hall, Burnley (1997), Stockport Art Gallery (1999), Blyth Gallery, Manchester (2000), Saddleworth (Museum (2001/2003) as well as joining other artists at Urban Landscape – Stockport Art Gallery (1988), Lancashire South of the Sands Touring Exhibition (1988), attitudes to the contemporary nude, County and Regimental Museum, Preston and all three bi-annual Waterside Open exhibitions, Sale, Cheshire.

I have exhibited at the Manchester Gallery between 1979 and 1984, winning awards in 1980, 81 and 84.

My Experience

Foundation Course – Regional College of Art, Hull, 1975- 76
BA (Hons) Fine Art (Paining), Manchester, 1976-79
Post-graduate Certificate of Education – Art Teachers Certificate, Leeds, 1981-82
For the past 24 years a tutor for Oldham Continuity Education Service and for 22 years a tutor at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College. Since 2004, Charles has run workshops for the Altrincham Society of Arttists, Stockport Guild, Mellor Arts Group, Glossop Art Society, Brookdale Art Group Bramhall, Heaton Moor Art Group and many more.
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