Angela Charles

'The lure of Cornwall is constant for me. The contrast of the peacefulness of the landscape and the sea alongside its untamed wildness and intensity holds perpetual appeal. The recent acquisition of a campervan has made escaping Somerset even easier and allowed numerous trips to Cornwall over the last year to develop this new body of work.


'From the campervan pitch on the edge of the dunes at Gwithian, with magnificent views of St Ives and within walking distance of some of the most stunning Cornish coast, these works have evolved from pen sketches and written notes about the surrounding landscape, the light and the sea. These records act as a catalyst for my paintings which, rather than a direct response toa certain place, represent a memory of a location and the felt experience of being there However, in some of the works I become so absorbed by the painting process that little is recognisable from the original sketch.

'Working on spray-primed aluminium and wooden boards, which allow for every texture to be my own, I build up layers of sanded-down acrylic. The layers are often wiped away forcefully with cloths or my fists and pierced with marks made by coloured pencils or dentist tools. Through areas of calm and yet moments of frantic mark making, the resulting paintings reveal my sense of awe at Cornwall's landscape.'
 

Angela Charles was born in Brighton in 1966, and studied on the Foundation Course at Worthing College of Art from 1983 - 1986. She then went on to study BA (Hons) Fine Art (Textiles) at Goldsmiths College, University of London, graduating in 1989.


Since 1989, she has exhibited successfully throughout the UK. Her first one-person show was held at Sherborne House, Dorset in 2003. More recently, she has had a solo show at the Porthminster Gallery, and has been shown at the London, and Bristol, Affordable Art Fairs, and at the Brighton, and Edinburgh, Art Fairs.

She has lived in Crewkerne, Somerset since 2001, and is a part-time gallery curator.
 
She is represented exclusively in Cornwall by the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives.