Charlie Pickard

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Charlie Pickard

United Kingdom

Born and raised in London, Charlie Pickard, now 26, began creating artwork from a young age. Working  primarily out of his studio in London, Charlie has exhibited in many exhibitions and collections domestically and internationally in countries including Canada, Australia and Spain. Most recently in the Royal Society of British artists, Where he was awarded the DeLazlo Award for Excellence 

Charlie works primarily from life in oil using a ‘direct’ or ‘alla prima’ painting style. He believes this manner, where paint is mixed at the correct colour and laid down without later correction, allows for the most direct connection with his subject matter. Working in this strict way forces Charlie to simplify his subject, distilling down its essence and creating a more potent expression. Charlie believes it is the work of the artist is to heighten the subject of the work, to pull out what is most compelling and make it more clear to the viewer. Working this way allows the artwork to tell a story about his response to this subject. For Charlie, in doing so, every stroke should say something and what is best said in one brush stroke, should not be said in two.

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