Approved: 10.06.2012

Charlie Warde

Artist, Event organiser, Community worker

Approved: 10.06.2012
  • Location: London
  • Activities: Residencies, Built environment, Community arts, Private commissions, Film-making, Studio practice
  • Categories: Architecture, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Research
  • Tags: brutalism, modernism, concrete, ernögoldfinger, trellicktower, 2willowroad, architecture, socialhousing, utopia, dystopia





    My practice is informed by the politics of urban planning and architectural intervention. I question how the utopian ideas behind Modernism’s post war housing estates match up to their creators’ prescribed vision. I chart the decline of egalitarian belief systems, the building blocks to construct a better world, and lament their passing. I refer to the aesthetics of the clean lined architectural blueprint, interpreting this as bound up with the architect’s initial utopian fantasy. I then trace this through to actual buildings, the lived in reality of degraded and depreciated structures, dystopic concrete backdrops – the high-rise villains of London’s skyline.

    My work is the result of intense research into the subject at hand and thus well suited to residencies. 

    Each series of work that I embark upon is unique. The critique of Modernism is best suited to a cold, precise technique using machined metals and chemical materials. Or the repetitive production of 230 etchings to form a stop-frame animated film – the prints given away to the residents of the tower block depicted. Landscape “slabs” of specific ruined areas of Trellick Tower’s concrete are best conveyed by plastic, or three dimensional means; these are built from scratch using pigments and acrylic mediums – all the better to understand concrete’s compostion and formation and building practises. Materials and process straddle the divide between disciplines. Paintings are sculptures and prints become films. 

    CV & Education



    2011-2012: Fine Art MA with Distinction. City and Guilds of London Art School.

    1993-1996: History of Art BA. Manchester University.



    Selected Exhibitions


    2015 “Platform Projects”. Art Athina.

    2015 “Limited Editions”. Lubomirov-Easton.

    2014 “A Comfortable Man”. Wilton’s Music Hall.

    2014 “Sanctuaries: Temporary Dwellings of The Real or Imagined”. The Richmix.

    2013 “This Must Be The Place”. 2 Willow Road.

    2013 “The London Original Print Fair.” The Royal Academy.

    2012 “Taming The Tentacles.” Shalford Mill.

    2012 “MA Fine Art Show 2012.” City & Guilds of London Art School.

    2012 “The London Original Print Fair.” The Royal Academy.

    2010 “Recent Works.” ENVY.­­

    2008 “Recent Works”. Gallery 27, Cork Street. London.

    2005 “Solo Show”, The Mews. London.

    2003: “Kuzo” Tony and Guy, Florence.

    2003: “Pace” Galleria Base, Florence.

    2001: “Charles Cecil 10th Anniversary Exhibition”. Paul Mitchell Gallery. London.

    2001: “Art for Youth”. Mall Galleries. London.



    Awards and Residencies


    2015 Artist in Residence, Goldfinger Factory, Trellick Tower.

    2013 Artist in Residence, 2 Willow Road.

    2012 GAM Prize.

    2012 Norman Ackroyd Print Making Prize.

    2012 July, ‘Print of the Month’. The V&A Museum.

    2001 Diana Brooks Prize.



    Public Collections


    Victoria & Albert Museum.

    2 Willow Road.




    2013 November: Icon Magazine: “Review; 2 Willow Road”.

    2013 August: Hamstead Highgate Express; “Fan of Man With The Midas Touch”.

    2013 September: Resonance 104.4 FM; “Homes For Tomorrow”.

    2013 April: John Jones; Case Study.