Introducing artist and illustrator Charlotte Gerrard. Charlotte works from her studio in London and her work is inspired by the natural world and its complexity. As an animal lover, her artwork often features animals such as flamingoes, a toucan, as well as donkeys and elephants but one subject that remain very close to her heart are Indian cows.
Her signature style aspires to strike an empathic resonance with these characters as Charlotte translates their expression to canvas by manipulating the paint to create a dynamic and energetic picture. To give her characters the feel of opulence, the paintings are embellished with layers of gold paint.
Here we chat with Charlotte Gerrard about her journey into the art worlds..
Can you tell us your backstory and how you got into the art world?
I am a self taught artist and discovered my love for art whilst travelling in Israel aged 23. I was given some pastels and a roll of paper and stayed up all night making huge colourful semi surrealist drawings. I returned and was given my first exhibition in Neil’s Yard, Covent Garden in London.
Since then, I have never looked back.
How would you describe your signature style and technique?
I like to describe my paintings as a “joyful celebration of the natural world.” My work is vital and punchy and takes no prisoners on colour. My large scale canvases are created by manipulating the paint to create a dynamic and energetic picture.
Can you tell us more about your latest work? Where did you find inspiration and what is the story behind it?
My miniature paintings are my newer works and are primarily of animals that are seen as ‘lower forms’ (foxes, chickens, small birds, hares) and by placing them inside vintage ornate frames I aim to elevate their status into something to be cherished.
The frames are invariably grand and gold and the pieces become revered as treasure.
Are there any exhibitions or events you are planning?
Yes, I have my open studios this coming weekend (16-17 Sept 2023) where anyone can come by and see what goes on behind what are usually closed doors and pick themselves up a painting or an Artist Proof screenprint for a fraction of the price at the Fairs.
Alternatively, I’ll be showing at the StART art fair in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery from 11th-14th October 2023 and have some complementary tickets to give away.
What is the best advice you received as an artist?
To not let knock backs hurt to much.
It’s just another’s persons opinion.
Follow your heart and produce art that you love.
Never stop experimenting and exploring.
Let the painting lead you to the right place.
For more information about Charlotte Gerrard’s artwork please visit charlottegerrard.com
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