"What I am trying to do is work on the edge of abstraction and figuration. I would call myself a poetic constructionist. I want to make literal images ambiguous. I want the viewer to doubt whether she is looking at a rose. My images are not to illustrate but to be evocative- to evoke a state of mind where a person can consider things from multiple points of view at once".
- Peter Charles
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. Like a Haiku poem's abbreviated means, Charles distills complex sensations and relationships. When he uses an element from nature, he alters, distorts and abstracts its shape to emphasize its essential character. The recipient of a SECCA Award in the Visual Arts Individual Artist's Grant, and a (NEA) National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowship Grant, Charles’ work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. Solo venues include The Phillips Collection, Anton Gallery, Henri Gallery, Baumgartner Gallery and the David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Huntington Museum, Huntington, West Virginia; Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois; Touchstone Gallery and the Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York; and the Koplin Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Group exhibitions include the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. A native of Washington, DC, Charles earned his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and Architecture.