FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2017
West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park proudly presents two exhibitions of new and recent works by local artists Kathleen Kolb and Charlie Bluett this August, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 19th from 6 - 8 pm.
August 19 - October 15
Elements: Charlie Bluett
One of the key Abstract Expressionist in the New York School of painters, Robert Motherwell, said, “The function of the artist is to express reality as felt.”
Most artists would agree that their motivation is to touch the viewer in hopes of eliciting a response, but not all are successful. In order to achieve this, it is essential that the artist posses the ability to be fully in the moment of expression without thought or judgment, to allow his or herself to be consumed by the emotion put to canvas. Simply put, this is the fire beneath the work of Charlie Bluett, featured here in his first solo exhibition at West Branch Gallery, on view through October 15, 2017.
Originally from London, England, Charlie Bluett now calls Westfield, Vermont, home, and he’s a true convert. Charlie wholeheartedly embraces the erratic and visceral experience of Vermont. He’ll recall in detail imagery as varied as the morning mist rising to reveal the mountains, rain soaked stonewalls bursting with new moss & lichen, and the glancing sun on the pebble-strewn creek bed. We’ve all experienced these moments that demand our attention, when thoughts of the “everyday” take a back seat and we feel peace and gratitude.
Charlie fills himself up with these moments and brings them into his studio. He’s not a realist- he doesn’t paint the events of nature - but rather, he is an expressionist, painting the feeling of the nature. Charlie sets the scene with subtle references to the elements in his work- pebble shapes, mountain horizon lines, stacked stones.
Through color, light, and repetition of shapes, Charlie enhances the feeling of his experience, leaving details and memories to each viewer’s personal interpretation.
Each painting is not only a visual scene to understand and enjoy, but an impression to be felt.
This is the art of Charlie Bluett. It’s nostalgia that runs deep under the skin. His appreciation of our changeling state of Vermont brings him enormous joy, which he shares with us in this exhibition.