Approved: 06.03.2019

Bernard Charnley

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 06.03.2019

The act of painting as an intuitive, sensory and tactile intelligence, underlies my output.

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    Artist Statement

    The act of painting as an intuitive, sensory and tactile intelligence, underlies my output.

    The paintings shown are selected from an ongoing series that reflect on the paradox of radical change. On the one hand the inevitable destruction and on the other, the transformative energy.

    Each image alludes to a sea or landscape where an unspecified place and human made structure is undergoing an ending. This disturbing event is at the same time the site of colour, light and the exuberance of the painted surface. The tension resulting and its resolution as an imaginary, is what attracts and informs each painting. It is a focus that explores the play between traditional concepts of dystopia and the sublime. Yet at the same time each visual enactment exists as a contemporary reflection on a violent world and its contrasting emancipatory energies.


    CV & Education


    - Foundation / Maidenhead College of Art
    - Dip AD Course / Leeds College of Art
    - B.Ed (Hons) London University
    - MA Philosophy Open University


    - Colour Radicals/Rugby Art Gallery and Museum/Sept - Oct 2018
    - Signs Of Disorder/Rugby Art Gallery and Museum/Feb 2014
    - The Instability of Spaces/AirSpace Dialogue Box/Stoke-on-Trent/August 2009 
    - A Different Kind of Beauty/Harrington Studios/ Nottingham - April 2009

    Group Exhibitions/Events/Networks:

    -Coventry Artspace selected artist of interest/Axis Web membership March 2019
    -Coventry Open/Feb 2019
    -John Moores Painting Prize/ selected for exhibition July 2016
    -Volunteer participant/refurbish pre-Glassbox/Coventry/Jan 2013
    -ARC Pioneer volunteer and event participant/The Square and Herbert Art Gallery/Coventry 2013
    -Flash mob/Christmas Pop-up event/Coventry Station/The Square, Coventry/2012
    -ARC (ACE funded) print commission/Coventry Artspace/2012
    -The Serious And The Absurd - working towards comic criticality/Talk on practice/Coventry 2012
    -Earlsdon Festival Show/ Coventry/2012
    -Airvent/AirSpace Gallery/Stoke-on-Trent/2011
    -Slideshow/AirSpace Gallery/Stoke-on-Trent/2011
    -Kiss Me Quick/Harbour Arm Gallery/Margate/2011
    -Motel Knadski/Trajector Art Fair/Contributing Artist/Brussels/2011
    -There Is Beauty In The City/ Ezcurdia_30 Gallery/Gijon, Spain/August 2010
    -Common Ground/AirSpace public art exhibition/Hanley Park Stoke-on-Trent/June 2010
    -Learning Journeys/Urban Vision/Phase One/Sheffield/Feb 2010
    -Learning Journeys/Urban Vision/Phase One/Leicester/2009 
    -Pecha Kucha Night/FatCat Cafe and Bar/Co-organiser/Performer/Stoke-on-Trent 2009
    -Inter?ogation/Walsall New Art Gallery/Sept 2009 Collaborative with artist Brian Holdcroft
    -Marina Abramovich/participant /Whitworth Gallery/Manchester/2009 
    -Aftermath/AirSpace studio artists/Leek Institute, Leek/2009 
    -Preston Pest Project/Castlefield Gallery  2008-Allotments/Harrington Studios, Nottingham 2009
    -Salon /D2 Gallery/Leipzig, Germany  2008 
    -Play/AirSpace, Stoke-on-Trent 
    -Short Cuts/AirSpace Gallery 2008
    -Identity/The Artists Organisation/ Nottingham 2007
    -Headtalk/forum/co-creator/Stoke-on-Trent 2007-8