We hope you all enjoyed Easter and the bank holiday weekend! Today’s spotlight post features the beautiful portraits by British artist Charles Moxon, who graduated in 2013 from BA (Hons) Painting at the infamous Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London.
I first came across Charles’s work in the Catlin Guide, as he is one of 40 artists featured in the 2014 edition. The guide introduces the most promising new graduate artists in the UK, as recommended by a wide survey of curators, collectors, gallerists and course tutors, and it is a great way of discovering emerging artists.
Charles’s astounding skill in portraiture was first recognized whilst he was studying at Camberwell. In 2012 he was short-listed and highly commended for the Young Masters Art Prize, as well as being short-listed to the Final 300 in the BP Award 2012 – quite the achievement for a student!
Drawing on traditional techniques of the Dutch 17th century Old Masters combined with his own distinctive edge, Charles uses fluid brush strokes to highlight minute detail with a startling accuracy. His careful depiction of light and shadow offer a powerful effect, reminiscent of the chiaroscuro style revolutionized by Vermeer.
At the age of 24, Charles already has a number of achievements to his name, including being commissioned to paint a portrait of Roy Bentley, the ex-England and Chelsea football player as well as celebrity chef Alex Mackay. His work has also been exhibited at the prestigious Mall Galleries in London as part of the 2012 BBC series Show me the Monet. His work has also been featured in the Independent and Rankin’s Hunger Magazine to name a few. With his meticulous eye for detail and intricate skill, Charles is a young artist with an astonishing talent – a sure one to watch.
All images © Charles Moxon