Internationally acclaimed and published fine artist, Charles Willmott has established a reputation as one of the UK`s finest figurative realists. Exhibited in the UK, throughout Europe, Japan and the USA his highly sought after work is enthusiastically collected and commissioned by an international audience. Working from his studio in Herefordshire, the rural heart of England, he paints mainly in oils, preparing graphite and charcoal studies prior to the finished work. He continues to be inspired by and dedicated to three main disciplines, dance, female form and portraiture.

 

Artist statement:

As subject matter I would probably have to confess to a near obsession with dance, particularly the ballet. In classical roles I've enjoyed the privilege of working with many greats, like Darcey Bussell, Miyako Yoshida, Monica Zamora, Kevin O'Hare, Catherine Batcheller and Joe Cipolla. I have experienced the energy of contemporary dance whilst working with the Rambert Dance Company, particularly with choreographers Christopher Bruce and Wayne McGregor...of course Wayne is now breathing new life into the ballet at the Royal Opera House in London. Over the years I've made several detours working with the Flamenco dance sensation Joaquin Cortes, classical Indian dancers Sonia Sabri and Chitraleka Bolar and many other forms of dance. My admiration for the beauty and grace of dancers has deepened my interest in distilling the essence of the female form. My aim, to capture the mobility, rhythms, fragility, strength and sensuality of woman. The girls with whom I work hail from all walks of life, some are models but many have ordinary lives and jobs where they have no need to expose themselves to a critical eye. It’s a matter of delicate negotiation as to how much of their bodies or themselves they would like to reveal. I work from my studio, attached to my home in Herefordshire, the rural heart of England, with my wife and our three cats and I continue to be inspired by and dedicated to three main disciplines, dance, female form and portraiture.

 

Charles Willmott & Art Soufflé owner, S. van Dalen

 

Exhibitions:

ONE-MAN

1991 Mall Galleries, London UK

1992 The Kokkugikan,Tokyo JAPAN

1993 The City Plaza, Birmingham UK

1993 Michael Stewart Gallery, Bristol UK

1994 Chalk Farms Gallery, London UK

1995 Pheonix Gallery, London UK

1996 Rooksmoor Gallery, Bath UK 1997 Artifex Gallery, Birmingham UK

1997 Kingfisher Gallery, Cardiff WALES

2000 Vilas Fine Art, Letchworth UK

2001 Bloxham Galleries, London (2 man)

2003 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2003 Untitled Gallery, London UK

2004 Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield UK

2005 Whittingham Fine Art, Henley UK

2005 Above Art Gallery, London UK

2005 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2007 RWA New Gallery, Bristol UK

COLLECTIVE

1992 Galeria Brisamar, Marbella SPAIN 1994 The Halcyon Gallery, London UK

1994 The Halcyon Gallery, Birmingahm UK

1994 Roy Miles Gallery, London UK

1994 Galeria Brisamar, Marbella SPAIN

1995 Mistral Galleries, London UK

1995 Omell Galleries, London UK

1995 The Halcyon Gallery, Birmingham UK

1995 Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol UK

1996 Harrods Picture Gallery, London UK

1996 The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh SCOTLAND

1996 Pheonix Gallery, London UK

1997 Galerie Lijn 3, The Hague HOLLAND

1998 Galerie Utrecht, Utrecht HOLLAND

1999 Thompson's Gallery, London UK

1999 Vilas Fine Art, Letchworth UK

1999 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2000 Vilas Fine Art, Letchworth UK

2000 Bloxham Galleries, London UK

2001 Bloxham Galleries, London UK

2001 Bloxham Galleries. London UK

2002 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2002 Bloxham Galleries, London UK

2002 Gagliardi Gallery, London UK

2003 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2004 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2005 Whittington Fine Art, Henley UK

2005 Bohemia Gallery, York UK

2005 Clifton Gallery, Bristol UK

2006 Number Nine The Gallery, Birmingham UK

2007 The Royal Academy. London UK

2007 Artifex Gallery, Sutton Coldfield UK

2008 Arndean Gallery, London UK

2014 Art Soufflé Gallery, London

 

Published work:

Previous publishing contracts for limited edition issues with Solomon & Whitehead, Washington Green and DeMontfort Fine Art. Now self-published with his own Studio Limited Editions.