CHARLES Wilmott, the internationally renowned figurative artist, is to exhibit at Meridian FM’s Art Festival at the Kingscote Vineyard from 23 September.
Born in Stratford-up-on Avon, the only son of artist and metal craftsman Hague Willmott, Charles – although for the most part self-taught – studied originally at the Birmingham College of Art.
He works from a studio attached to his home in Herefordshire, where he lives with his wife Susie. As a contemporary figurative realist he prepares graphite and charcoal studies before painting in oils.
Charles has been painting since the early 60s and 80s acquired a passion for the Orient and its cultures. During 1991 his first one-man show was staged at London’s Mall Galleries and was unique in featuring Japan?s national sport, Sumo.
In more recent times Charles has worked particularly with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Royal Ballet.
In the case of the former he covered a number of productions including Tim Albery’s Macbeth and Michael Attenborough’s direction of The Herbal Bed.
In the latter he worked extensively with principal dancers including Miyako Yoshida and Darcey Bussell.
In the years 2000 and 2003 this dedication to the stage and performance achieved him a finalist place in the prestigious Garrick/Milne Prize, and today Charles’s work disciplines are divided fairly equally between Portraiture, Female Form and Dance.