‘I want my paintings to be: abstract, direct, urban, basic, modest, pure, simple, silent, honest, absolute.’ – Alan Charlton
Alan Charlton paints monochrome grey paintings – which he has been doing since the early 1970s. Far from being monotone and unexciting Charlton’s works concentrate on physicality, uniformity and method and they evoke a profound sense of the painting as a spatial entity.
Charlton originally chose grey because of its ordinary quality but he rapidly recognised that the colour held special characteristics. Consequently the paintings are far more expressive than anticipated. Immaculate surfaces are interrupted by form and rhythm is generated by broken repetition. Charlton has been an inspiration for many contemporary artists and his paintings are a testimony to his continually honest and enduring vision and integrity.
- Born Sheffield
- Sheffield School of Art
- Camberwell School of Art, London
- Royal Academy Schools, London
- Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
- Museum Kurhaus Kleve – Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Kleve, Germany
- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- Carré d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Nîmes, France
- Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
- Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Holland
- Whitechapel Art Gallery, London