CHARLIE MACKESY

Charlie Mackesy is a leading British artist whose exceptional talent keeps him in constant demand. He is currently painting a seminal triptych in St Pauls’ church in Hammersmith as well as working on a number of concurrent international exhibitions. Countless authors have commissioned him to illustrate their books, many of which have sold in their millions world wide.

In his own words: ''I was born and bred in Northumberland in 1962, and spent most of my time running about the hills with sheep. I began drawing in the early 1980s in London. I didn't study art but just kept busy - working as a cartoonist for the Spectator magazine, as an illustrator for Oxford University Press, drawing ads for the daily papers and doing poster designs for delights such as Cockspur Rum. My first show was in a pub in 1984. I've since been lucky or blessed enough to work with galleries in Edinburgh, New York and London and am continuing to do so. The most recent show was with the Belgravia Gallery alongside Nelson Mandela.... It seems, in retrospect, I find an issue which I work through - such as the Prodigal Son and Daughter, which can take two or three years to complete--making drawings paintings and bronze sculptures of the subject--until somehow it's over and I can move on. There are clear and obvious sections--the jazz, the angels and musicians, the prodigals; but interspersed between all of these are random studies of life--such as of people I know, friends, and cafes which are unspecific in their intentions of theme but to me are as valid. I could conclude by saying that life is precious and faith is a journey and sometimes art can give a small glimpse of these moments seen, and unseen. I think GK Chesterton put it better-- 'At the back of our brains is a blaze of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life is to dig for this sunrise of wonder”.

The examples of work shown below were produced over the last ten years and many of them have, therefore, sold. They serve as useful guide as to the quality and expressive range of Charlie's work.

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