About the Artist
Born in Rutherglen, Scotland in 1952.
He attended Hutcheson’s Boys Grammar School in Glasgow from 1961-69.
Attended Glasgow School of Art from 1969-74.
In the summer vacations he found work acting and became a member of British Actors Equity.
On graduating he received a travelling scholarship from GSA and a scholarship from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas where he spent two years studying for a Master of Fine Arts degree. During this period he also taught drawing and photography.
Once back in the UK he joined the theatre where he acted, designed and built props and sets.
Acting became his main living for several years and in the early eighties he landed a part in Scottish Television’s ‘Take The High Road’, all the while painting and exhibiting in galleries in Glasgow and the south of England.
A solo exhibition with Duncan R Miller Fine Arts in Hampstead was a turning point and Charles was able to start earning his living by painting. Acting took a back seat though he still appears in small parts in TV and in Film from time to time.
In the years that have followed Charles has had a very full exhibition schedule and has paintings in collections all over the world. He travels a great deal, often in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
For a few years he was involved in part time teaching in the Textile Department at Glasgow School of Art.
In 2009 he had a photographic book on Glasgow published by Frances Lincoln Ltd.
For eight years he was Chair of The Aspect Prize, a prize for Scottish painting
Sponsored by Aspect Capital Ltd in London.
For three years he was President of The Paisley Art Institute
He continues to have a busy exhibition schedule.
Some of those who own his paintings are:
John Le Carré, Harry Enfield, Kirsty Wark, Keeley Hawes, Ernst & Young, The Prudential, Aspect Capital Ltd, R.I.C.S., Lord & Lady Macfarlane, The Kuwaiti Royal Family, Caledonian Breweries
2007 The Richmond Hill Gallery Award, Paisley Art Institute
2005 The Diploma of The Paisley Art Institute
2004 The Richmond Hill Gallery Award, Paisley Art Institute
1999 William Bowie Award, Paisley Art Institute
1974 Travelling Scholarship from Glasgow School of Art
1974 Study Scholarship from TCU, Texas
1973 Sculpture award, Scottish Young Contemporaries Exhibition, Glasgow
2015:The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon
2014 The Doubtfire Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 The Stafford Gallery with Wimbledon Fine Art
2012 The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon
2010 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2009 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2009 The Lennox Gallery, Fulham
2007 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2007 Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, St James’s, London
2004 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2003 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, St. James’s, London
2001 Panter & Hall, London.
2000 Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, Hampstead.
1990 Gallerie Marie, Crouch End.
1984 The Dryden Street Gallery, Covent Garden