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I used to paint invented characters and situations, in a straightforward, 'transparent' manner; the pictures have been about my own experience of life, as an artist and as a member of contemporary society. Recently, though, I have begun to feel dissatisfied with my tonal, 'English' manner and wanted something more telling in the way I paint. This has led to a general reappraisal of composition, to the point where I am currently trying to make what my tutors at the Royal Academy would have called a 'bad' painting, whilst still retaining the narrative elements and the clarity of vision to which I aspire. It's not like suicide chess, where all values are subverted, but it's almost like it.

Charles Williams born Evanston, Illinois, USA in 1965. Studied at Maidstone College of Art and Royal Academy Schools. Sessional lecturer in Fine Art, Kent Adult Education Service 1993-. Sessional lecturer in Fine Art, Foundation Studies, KIAD at Rochester 1996-. Member of the New English Art Club.


1993 Countess Enid Driscoll Spaletti Watercolour Prize

1995 Royal Overseas League Travel Scholarship

1997 Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust Award

Solo Exhibitions:

1993/5 Star Gallery, Lewes

1993 Cadogan Contemporary Art, London

1993 Sadlers Wells Gallery, London

1995 KIAD Gallery, Maidstone

1995/7 Coombs Contemporary, London

1996 Strood Library

1996 Gillingham Library

1998 Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh

1999 Royal Overseas League, London

Selected group exhibitions:

1992 RIWP and Winsor & Newton Young Artists Award, The Mall Galleries, London

1992 'Into the nineties 4' The Mall Galleries, London

1992 'New Young Masters', Bruton Street Gallery, London

92/3/6 RA Summer Exhibition, London

92/3/4 The Guardian/Whiteleys, London

92/3 Smiths Gallery, London

1993 Arthur Andersen Art Awards, London

1993 Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition

93/4 New Year Exhibition, Mercury Gallery, London

93/4 Star Gallery, Lewes

1994 Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery, London

1994 WEAC Open Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

1994 Summer Exhibition, Mercury Gallery, London

1994 'Summer Show' Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside Gallery, London

1995 'Making a Mark', The Mall Galleries, London

1995 'Art 95', Business Design Centre, London

95/6/7 Coombs Contemporary, London

1995 Sadlers Wells Theatre Gallery, London

95/6 BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London

95/6/7 Royal Overseas League Annual Open Exhibition, London and Edinburgh

1995 NEAC (New English Art Club) Open, The Mall Galleries, London

95/6 'The Discerning Eye' The Mall Galleries, London

1995 Casa de la Boltura, Algvidan, Spain

1996 'Making a Mark - KIAD Tutors', The Mall Galleries, London

1996 'Diverse' (curated) KIAD, Canterbury

1996 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition,The Mall Galleries, London

96/7 NEAC Open Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

1997 NEAC at Bankside, Bankside Gallery, London

1997 Chevron Calendar Artists, ICA