I have always been inspired by the colour and texture of both landscapes and objects. As a child I drove my family to distraction with the contents of my pockets - collections found and used for spontaneous exhibitions at the dinner table or on my bedroom window sill. I still remain true to this tradition yet use paint to fuse both memories and experience, which are suspended within the painted layers. Continuing to hoard the unusual from old teapots to rusty keys, these all play a part as props in my work either borrowing their history or lending their form, a spark for my imagination. I have followed a fairly traditional path; degree, job, marriage, children, teaching, and post grad. At 41 its now time to move forward with my own work; to take risks, allow time for contemplation, be bold and to return making those window sill exhibitions that I got so much pleasure from as a child.
"I try to depict a specific experience with high texture, multilayers of paint and words hidden or reworked often by sanding and scratching as I drive to express the concept in my mind though always, as with life, expecting things to change along the way"
"Charlie O'Sullivan is one of the brightest new talents to emerge amongst South West artists. She has always been influenced by her northern upbringing and love of the sea. Now living in West Devon she is greatly inspired by windswept coves and moorland in Devon and Cornwall. Her work has become a fusion of images , stories and experiences, past and present. This can straddle a multitude of happenings such as walks, her children, music or poetry melded with a landscape or event.
Of late, emotion has become a strong factor as her work has settled into depicting stories generated by a specific moment in time.
This powerful set of paintings have been prepared for this, her first major show following rapid success at Steam Gallery and art fairs. Each painting is accompanied by key words embodying feelings and emotions Charlie has tried to express in each work.
Mike Lambert Marine and Steam Galleries Aug.2009
Acamedician South West Academy Awards/ Commissions 3 private commisions London * Freelance Illustrator BBC and Channel 4 * Ivybridge Library Mural for children's reading room * Dame Hannah Rogers mural and sensory signs * Permanent display at both Exeter and Plymouth Hospitals * NSEAD Commission * Nat West Bank Travel Scholarship to Vienna * Nat West Bank Travel Scholarship to Barcelona Please feel free to join my join my mailing list on the attached link.
2012 May AAF Bristol With Marine House at Beer
2012 April SWAc Annual Exhibition
2012 March Glasgow Art Fair
2012 March AAF Battersea with Marine House at Beer
2011 September AAF Hampstead with Marine House at Beer
2011 May AAF Bristol with Marine House at Beer
2011 April SWAc Annual Exhibition
2011 March AAF Battersea with Marine Gallery at Beer
2011 September Solo show @ Marine Gallery Beer
2011 July Solo show at Tig Gallery Scotland
2010 November Marine House at Beer solo
2010 October Duchy Gallery Solo
2010 September Morley Gallery
2010 13th to 16th May 2010 AAF Bristol (12 Works)
2010 March 10th - 14th March AAF Battersea, London (12 works)
2010 Jan -Dec A selection of work available at Over the Moon gallery St agnes Cornwall
2010 Jan -Dec A selection of work year round at the Jane Adams Gallery St Just Cornwall
2010 January Mixed Show at the Duchy Centre Dartmoor
2009 19th Sept-2nd Oct Marine Gallery Beer Devon Joint show Martin Proctor and Charlie O'Sullivan
2009 June Over The Moon Gallery St Just/St agnes
2009 Annual Summer Show Summer mixed exhibition at Delamore
2009 May 14th-17th AAF Bristol 2009
2009 March 12 - 15 AAF Battersea Park London (10 works)
2009 Feb Delamore Galleries 'All You Need is Love'
2008 May to June Delamore Arts Cornwood Devon
2008 September Delamore Galleries Autumn Collection
2007 Southampton Harbour Hse
2007 Solo show at leading Edge Gallery
2006 Exeter Royal Hospital NSEAD
2006 Garden Mural and signage for Dame Hannah Rodgers School
2006 South Hams Council Heritage trail