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Born: England. Lives: France

Education

1988-1991 BA (hons) Fine Art, Reading University, UK. Painting and installation under Richard Wilson, Rose Finn-Kelcey and Ron Haseldon

Exhibitions

2016  LOOPdivers – solo show at La Friche de Mimi, Montpellier, France
2016  Family Ski – Installation/Valleraugue Arts Festival, Cévennes, France
2016  Phossils in the Ecusson – group show for ‘Journées du Patrimoine’, Montpellier, France
2016  Ghostwalkers solo show at La Friche de Mimi, Montpellier, France
2015  Studio 1.1 ‘Osman’s Xmas Bazaar’ – London, UK
2015  Sluice Art Fair – Oxo building, London, UK
2015  Jean’s Cabane solo show at La Friche de Mimi, Montpellier, France
2015  Studio Opening at La Friche de Mimi, Montpellier, France
2014  Open Studios with Karen Thomas & Christian Martel, Montpellier, France
2014  Terrace Annual 2014, Terrace Gallery, London, UK
2014  Hors Circuit 01, 4th, 5th and 6th july, 4 Boulevard de la Perruque, Montpellier, France
2014  Florida Memories Installation – part of the Festival à Valleraugue des Arts dans la Rue, Valleraugue, Cevennes, France
2013  Peintresx6, with Chris Aefeldt, JoAnne Beck, Christian Martel, Patrice Palacio and Karen Thomas, Montpellier, France
2013  TAIF London 2013, The Independent Artist Fair, Mile End Art Pavilion
2013  Terrace Annual 2013, Terrace Gallery, London, UK
2012  Terrace Annual 2012, Terrace Gallery, London, UK
2011  Terrace Annual 2011, Terrace Gallery, London, UK
2007  Gone Sud (photography) Bistrot Gourmand, Montpellier, France
2006  No For an Answer (photography), Terrace Gallery, London Photomonth, London, UK
2006  One Hour Ahead (photography), collaboration with Dave Dragon, LPA Gallery
2004  Where and When (photography), 77 Gallery, Hackney, London, UK
2001  YR1 Channel 4 (photography), Photographers Gallery, London, UK

Grants/Awards

2001 1st prize Novodesign Porto 2000 with illustration Ramalho Ortigao on the occasion of Porto Capital of Culture 2001

Background

After studying art at Reading University under Richard Wilson, Ron Haseldon and Rose Finn-Kelcey, Charlie taught art for three years and then moved abroad in 1994 for several years to live in Prague, Lisbon, and London, where he worked as an artist, designer, art director and photographer. In 2004 Charlie moved to Montpellier, France where he lives with his partner Patricia and their three boys, Jules, Blaise and Luigi. His switch to freelance status as a designer and photographer, since moving to France, has enabled him to focus more on his work as a practising studio artist. Often at the heart of Charlie’s paintings lie photographs, which in recent years, he has begun to view more as objects rather than images or pictures: “Photographs are mere flat visual receipts – fossils: “phossils”. Whilst photography supports looking and investigating, this process stops once the record is made. Looking and photographing are two very different exercises. A blink of the eye leaves a residue that fades into memory; an aperture shuts and holds an inert record which toys with memory. The former is a human action, the latter, a mechanical – albeit humanly directed – action. The chasm between these two outcomes – the intangible memorised image and the fossilised visual record – is often the starting point for my paintings. An ongoing frustration with the outcome (a photograph) and a need to interact further with photographs themselves has led me to creating my own images using photographs as beginnings rather than end results.” — CB 2012