Artist profile

Alan Charlton

‘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. 

Biography

1948
Born Sheffield
1965–66
Sheffield School of Art
1966–69
Camberwell School of Art, London
1966–72
Royal Academy Schools, London

Selected exhibitions

2015
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
2008
Museum Kurhaus Kleve – Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Kleve, Germany
2001
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1997
Carré d'Art, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Nîmes, France
1991
Hallen für Neue Kunst, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
1976/82
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Holland
1972
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

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