Charlie makes some works based upon the feel of the coastal landscape – of the south coast, where he lives, and of the north Norfolk coast, which he visits often. He walks his dog on the beach as frequently as he can and his paintings are born of the experience of these walks. These are not landscape paintings, as such. Neither are they entirely abstract, but what Charlie likes to call ‘abstract landscapes’. He is particularly inspired by the St Ives painters of the mid-twentieth century Peter Lanyon and Roger Hilton, as well as Nicolas de Stael and Richard Diebenkorn. He tries to capture the essence of a particular walk on a particular day: how it felt to be in that landscape at that time.
More recently, his work has taken him on a journey of 'joining the dots'. Having worked as a representational painter, then as an abstract one, and back and forth for some years, these new works take elements of all previous practices and consolidate what he has learned over the years. These new works have abstract elements, based on years of working with colour theory, and include quick descriptions of representational objects in acrylic and charcoal, born of his experiments with the genre of 'Bad painting'.
He works mainly on what he calls 'found cardboard'. These are culled from old ring binders which, because they are made of mixed materials, cannot be recycled. He takes these cast-off objects, which would otherwise be sent to landfill, and turns them into new artworks.
He runs an artist-led exhibition space, Studio One Gallery, with his wife and fellow painter, Tori Day.
Day’s work appears in public collections, including the University of the Arts and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and in private collections in Portugal, Spain, Italy, China, US and UK.
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