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A vibrant portrait playing with light and colour around the face of a boy from the coastal city Cartagena in Colombia which is situated on the caribean coast . It took me some weeks to find the harmony with the painting but the amount of layers it took to achieve the work also creates a lot of texture and interesting areas of colour and feeling.
I am a painter from England but recently I have moved to Colombia to focus on furthering my painting . My work is an exploration of painting using mainly portraits to convey ideas concerning human freedom.I think that I gain massive inspiration from being a father and the learning of human nature and expression. I like to push my process as a a painter combining portraiture and drawing with ongoing development of abstract brushwork.
This piece was written recently about my work by Bouwien from Try it art in Canada. "Charley’s subject matter, especially his portraits, is heavily influenced by South America, and ancestral reflections. For him, art is about one world, understanding the other; learning from and about each other. It is about acceptance, and freedom of identity, capturing this cultural heritage on canvas. Facial features, expressions, feelings of struggle, and the beauty or sadness of it. Sometimes revealed, sometimes more outward. It is all part of the process of painting for Charley. With an end-result that is not about the aesthetics. “I start with pretty and nice, then I mess it up in a way and go back in to fix it. A painting is not complete without that struggle: did I go too far, did I truly ruin it this time? I cannot leave a painting until I have worked through that state of angst. But I have the freedom to let the process take place. I am an artist, not a designer.”
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