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In his latest series Charles focuses his attention on the subjects of birth and growth. Twisting and spiralling upward with fluid movement through curves and counter curves the pieces are symbolic of progress and evolution as they morph and shift in shape and direction
Charles Westgarth Biography and Artist Statement
Born 1977 in central London against a background of musical theatre, the artist spent much of his childhood in the company of dancers and performing artists, an experience that would later resurface in his work.
Charles later obtained a Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design and continued to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in Model Design. His development as an artist therefore evolved through a range of disciplines and life experiences, initially working on various film and television projects followed by a career in product model making. He continued to develop and perfect his skills as a practitioner. This work would then contribute to his long term plans to travel, the journey covering parts of South East Asia, Australia and Europe.
On returning to the UK Charles opened his Hertfordshire studio and began personal and commissioned sculpture. Bronze has been his chosen medium and more recently marble after having spent several summers in Greece on the Cycladic Island of Tinos learning the traditional methods of marble carving under local artist and artisan Petros Dellatollas.
Charles has undertaken a selection of commissions both private and corporate including sculptures for Gilead Sciences, Grove Design interior designers, Amwell View school Hertfordshire, two large scale bronze’s for P&O’s new luxury cruise ship ‘Azura’, restoration of a war memorial for Bermondsey and Rotherhithe council, Dulwich Hamlet FC London and in 2005 won a public commission for Ware town centre in Hertfordshire. He exhibits in many galleries and participates in group exhibitions across England and more recently in Belgium and Cyprus. Charles’ sculptures can be found in collections throughout the UK and Europe and as far off as the Philippines.
“My fascination with the beauty of natural form manifests itself in my work on a variety of levels and from different approaches, therefore my self expression is most easily translated in to form through a series of themes, such as Dance, Movement, Energy, Evolution, Transition, Fluidity etc.”
Dance & Movement
In this series of bronze Charles explores the expressive nature and communication of dance. Understanding emotion to be the single driving force allows the artist to successfully convey feeling through the movement in his work. With careful interpretation he translates the physical narrative of dance in to slender elegant forms, extracting only the essential line and curve required to capture their specific energy and motion.
Creation & Evolution
In this latest series Charles focuses his attention on the subject of evolution, the elements required for creation and the devices nature employs to combat the struggle of growth in life. Nurture, protection, travel, adaptation, development, transition are all addressed in this series of organic forms.
Each piece combines the line and form of a number of nature’s creations, seeds, shoots, shells and human anatomy among them. Twisting and spiralling upward with fluid movement through curves and counter curves the pieces are symbolic of progress and evolution as they morph and shift in shape and direction.
Jan 2009 Azura P&O Cruises 2x Large scale bronzes for new cruise ship Azura
Nov 2008 Rotherhithe Council Sculptural Restoration, War Memorial, bronze
Apr 2008 Private Commission (Collie Dogs), Chivers & Benson, 1:6 scale, bronze
Dec 2006 Private Commission (Doberman Portrait Bust), Crufts winner '05, bronze
Aug 2006 Dulwich Hamlet FC '(Lorrain Wilson), releif portrait of founder, bronze,
Dulwich FC, London
July 2006 Private Commission (For Life), small scale figurative sculpture, bronze
Nov 2005 Private Commission (Flamenco), large scale figurative sculpture, bronze
Oct 2005 Ware Town Council (on going) (Untitled), large scale public commission for
the market square, Ware town centre, Hertfordshire
Jul 2005 Private Commission (Toby), portrait bust, chocolate Labrador, bronze
Jan 2005 Amwell View School (Fluid Form), large scale abstract sculpture,
Nov 2004 Private Commission (Eleftheria), large scale figurative sculpture, fiber glass
Sep 2004 Private Commission (Mr. P. Moles), portrait bust, terracotta plaster
Jan 2004 Private Commission (Grey Salute), race horse,1:5 scale, bronze
Jan 2003 Gilead Sciences (Viread), company logo, onyx resin, Cambridge
Jul 2002 Private Commission (Flick), bust of a horse, 1:2 scale, bronze resin
Exhibitions & Galleries
Oct 09 ‘Art For Youth', The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
May 09 Artspace, The Barn Galleries, Henley-On-Thames
Mar 09 The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park , London
Feb 09 The Architects Gallery, Teddington
Nov 08 ‘Art in Architecture', The Architects Gallery, Teddington
Oct 08 ‘Art For Youth', The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London
Sep 08 ‘Birmingham Art Fair'
Sep 08 ‘Gallery Number 9, Birmingham
Jun 08 ‘UK Fine Arts' Summer Show, Llangollen ,Royal Pavillion, North Wales
Apr 08 ‘Gallery 22', Hale, Cheshire
Mar 08 ‘Affordable Art Fair', Battersea Park , London
Feb 08 - Apr 08 ‘Limehouse Gallery' Limehouse, Docklands, London
Nov 07 'Limehouse Gallery', Limehouse, Docklands, London
July 07 'UK Fine Arts' Summer Show, Llangollen ,Royal Pavillion, North Wales
Jun 07 'Cambridge Art Fair'
Jun 07 - Aug 07 'Summer Show' The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk
Jun 07 'Face 2007' Society of Portrait Sculptors, Cork Street, London
Jun 07 'Bride Hall Exhibition of Sculpture', Hertfordshire
May 07 'Affordable Art Fair', Bristol
Mar 07 - May 07 'Spring Show' Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford St., London
Mar 07 'Affordable Art Fair' Battersea Park, London
Feb 07 to date 'The Sheritan Hotel', Piccadilly, Mayfair, London
Nov 06 - Jan 07 'Contemporary Art Show', hosted by Organon (pharmaceuticals), Cambridge
Nov 06 'Sothebys', Auction of Racing memorabilia, Olympia, Kensington, London
Nov 06 'Artefex Gallery', Birmingham
Oct 06 'Gallery No.9', Brindley Place, Birmingham
Oct 06 - May 07 'Diatopos Gallery', Nicosia, Cyprus
Aug 06 - Oct 06 'Gallery K', Heath Street, Hampstead, London
May 06 'Affordable Art Fair', Bristol
Mar 06 'Affordable Art Fair', Battersea Park, London
Nov 05 to date ' Mc Neill Gallery', Watling Street, Radlett
Nov 05 to date 'Contemporary Sculpture' Sheridan Russell Gallery, Crawford St., London
Oct 05 'A&K Wilson Exhibition', Beechwood Park School, Markyate, Herts
Sep 05 'Hertfordshire Open Studios Exhibition' (HVAF), Harpenden, Herts
Jul 05 'A&K Wilson, Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture', The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair, London
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