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Charles Inge, award winning artist
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BIOGRAPHY

 

My earliest memories are painting with my dad; a keen amateur watercolourist.  He taught me how to recognise paints by their taste - I remember Rose Madder being particularly sweet.  Paint and colour has always been a multi-sensory experience for me.

 

I graduated from Oxford University (distinction) and received a place at the Royal College of Art.  I couldn’t make the finances work so got a job as an Art Director in advertising.  For 30 years I worked with and alongside some of the world’s best directors, photographers, artists and designers.

 

On my 50th birthday I quit my job.  I joined the Turps Art School to re-engage with the London art scene and set up a studio in Soho.  During lockdown the studio was demolished so I moved to the Isle of Wight.  I now paint in a beautiful old stables and coach house, surrounded by rolling countryside.

 

I have exhibited widely, in the UK and abroad including the National Portrait Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.  My work has been featured in Vogue and apears is in many private and public collections.  In 2021 I won the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize.

2010 - present
2010 - present

STATEMENT
 
Lust for life is the ongoing subject of my painting.  Nature, natural forms and the changing seasons infuse my work.

Inspired by nature I work intuitively.   I work in series, directly onto the surface.  As they say every painting has a beginning, a muddle, and and end.  
 
Colour provides the emotion.  I think of colour in musical terms: jazz, dance, minimalism, Baroque. I always play music whilst I am painting.

An optimist by nature, my paintings are always a celebration of life, its fragility and its pleasures.

EDUCATION

 

2020  Turps Art School

1983  Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (BA)

AWARDS

2023.  Jackson's Art Prize, Shortlist

2023.  Sunny Art Prize, Shortlist

2022.  The Cult House open, Shortlist

2021.  Overall winner Ashurst Emerging Artist prize

2021.  Quay Arts Biennial selected artist

2020.  Shortlisted for the Jackson's Art Painting Prize

2018.  Winner of the Whytham Hall. Art Prize

2016.  Winner of the Windsor and Newton Oil Painting prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists.

EXHIBITIONS / ART FAIRS

2024

‘Affordable Art Fair", Battersea Park, Lodon

2023

‘Midnight in LA, Dawn in London’, group show, Thames-side Studio

British Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery

Rising Artists, Jackson’s Art, Bankside Gallery, London

Quay Arts ‘the Art of Sculpture’, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

Affordable Art Fair, London - Jackson’s Art

HYGGE,  On the Lam, online exhibition.

Sunny Art Prize, London

2022 

The Cult House open, online exhibition

Zealous Amplify, online exhibition

"Literature" Cheltenham Literary Festival @ Spring Gallery, Cheltenham

Oxmarket Open, Chichester

Group Show.  Los Angeles

London Art Fair

"Six" selected artists at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight

Contemporary British Painting:  Paradoxes 52 Painters.  Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.

2021

Solo exhibition "Spiritus Mundi" at Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery, London             

Quay Arts Biennial, Isle of Wight

Shortlist exhibition, Ashurst Emerging Art Prize, Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery, London 

Turps Group Show - Thames-side Studios, London

2020

Group show. Los Angeles. 

2019

Isle of Wight Biennial, Quay Arts, Newport.

Turps Group Show - The Art Academy, London

Turps Final Group Show - Turps Gallery, London

Group Show - Hundred Years Gallery, London

Group Show - Creekside Open, London - Curated by Brian Griffiths

Supermarket Art Fair - Stockholm

2018

"Set 24".  Group Show - The Art Academy, London

Group Show. Flowers Central - Cork Street, London

"Small is Beautiful." Flowers Central - Cork Street, London

Whytham Hall Art Prize exhibition, London

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