Dates of Exhibition: January 8- March 31, 2016
Peter Charles transitions through a myriad of materials and mediums with the ease of an experienced and exceptionally creative artist. Whether his tool is a chisel or paintbrush, the common thread is a synergism between two and three dimensions. “I never consider myself only a sculptor. I look for ways to combine sculpture and painting. Everything is integrated, always intermixed,” he says.
Charles has exhibited primarily in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles. His idiosyncratic aesthetic and graphic sensibility dominates this selection of work in a solo exhibition from recent past to the present. His unique images on bi-folding screens, oils on shaped steel and mixed media works on folded paper comprise this exhibition.
Charles is both a sculptor and a painter. His folding screens reflect his interest in a form long employed in Eastern culture, which he uses to give dimension to his paintings. Pinned to the wall, his colorful mixed media works on folded paper, cascade accordion-like, down the wall taking on a tangible physical presence. His wall mounted steel sculptures grew out of his awareness of early American metal toll ware. He constructs these tray-like forms from large sheets of steel which he cuts, folds, welds, shapes and oxidizes, before he meticulously paints his subjects. The refined language of collaged images and patterns that Charles has evolved over time draws on his eclectic visual interests, various cultural roots and art historical references.The push-pull of disparate elements within each piece; geometric/organic, natural/man-made, raw/polished, are united in the finished art works.
A Washington, DC native, Peter Charles grew up with a special experience, being one of the two head pages in the U.S. Senate. He graduated from the U.S. Capitol Page School before attending the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his BFA and later a MFA degree in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art & Architecture.
Charles has mounted exhibitions of his work in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, the Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, the Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV and the Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston Salem, NC. He has had solo exhibitions at the David Findley Galleries and Ruth Siegel Gallery in New York, NY, the Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, ILL, the Koplin Gallery in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, CA. Anton Gallery and Baumgartner Gallery in Washington, DC and most recently at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York.
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