"""I moved with my family to London in June 2021. I have lived in London before, and I love the city. I have set up a studio here, and I am painting everyday. Of course one of my first series, is all about what I see. And this color palette is right outside my window. I see buildings, chimneys, bricks, windows, grey and white clouds, some blue sky and lots and lots of seagulls!!! I am so excited to be here. This series is hopeful. It is strong, but it is also a little soft too. It’s how I feel when I am in London. For this series I had to choose shapes, of course. Because one, I love shapes especially squares. And two, because that’s what I see outside my window: so many shapes!!! It has been a great inspiration for me!""
- Charlie French"
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Acrylic on Unmounted Canvas
30" x 30"
Santa Fe, NM
“Yes, I have Down syndrome but first I want you to see me: Charlie French. Then I want you to see my ART!”
Abstract artist Charlie French works in his art studio almost daily, his commitment to his craft evident when viewing his beautiful, calming paintings. Born in NY, Charlie has lived both in the US and abroad, currently residing in Santa Fe, NM. While living and studying in London, a teacher noticed Charlie’s innate understanding of color theory and composition, and hence encouraged Charlie and his parents to support and nurture his artistic passion.
Charlie creates impressive abstract works, tapping into his imagination and finding delight in the process as well as the finished product. He is a prolific painter, and when asked about his process responds: "I like colors and shapes. Sometimes I do (paint) a lot. Sometimes not. I don’t think about it. I have fun.” And this is the key to Charlie’s process in that painting is fundamentally and powerfully a positive and therapeutic experience. Studio time is most exciting, pushing boundaries and filled with exploration and energy, and then relaxing into a rhythm of contented, peaceful creation. Charlie’s abstract paintings mirror the joy of his imagination, and share with the world a piece of his happiness. All of which provides Charlie with a meaningful, purposeful life.
When Charlie is not in his studio with his dog, Percy, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family. One of his dream projects is to gather his artist friends together in the studio for a collaborative painting piece, and then celebrate with hamburgers, fries and chocolate almond milk.
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