Five questions to Charlie French

Five questions to Charlie French

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Charlie French is an intuitive abstract artist who embraces a blank canvas as an adventure in imaginative freedom. He has studied painting in London, Dallas and Santa Fe, and his work hangs in private and corporate collections around the world. Charlie’s professional purpose is to share with others the happiness he discovers daily in his painting process.

How did you get into art?

At 16, I became very sick with Down syndrome Regression Disorder, and that was when I began painting daily for therapeutic reasons. In my 20s my health stabilised and I took art classes in London and worked with art tutors. I decided I was an artist, painting was my job and I called it Art for $. I am 32 now, and I have painted almost every day for many years.

How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?

My style is to be FREE. I paint what I feel, from my imagination, my memories and my life. That is how my ART is unique, because my life is mine.

How do you go about developing your work?

When I really, really like a painting AND the process I used to create it, then I want to do it again and again. Until I am all done feeling that way. And then my imagination takes my ART someplace different.

Who or what influences you? 

My biggest influence is my imagination. It is with me always. But I love learning from other artists and their art, their colours, their tools and techniques. That inspires me too.

What are you planning to do next?

Next month I am moving out of London, and to the Rocky Mountains, where I will rent a new ART studio and prep for a big body of work for my solo show spring 2024 in Austin, TX. I think it’s gonna be good!!!