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Friday 7 November 2014

Celebrated artist's works to be exhibited at Solent's Andrews Concourse Gallery

The paper artworks of celebrated artist Charles Shearer will be exhibited in Southampton Solent University’s Andrews Concourse Gallery from 7 November 2014-17 January 2015.

‘Charles Shearer, Works on Paper’, features a small selection of pieces from a larger exhibition that Shearer displayed at The Pier Art Centre in Orkney last year.

The collection of prints, lithographs, sketches, paintings and drawings represent a range of works, produced over 20 years, which embody Shearer’s inspiration by landscape.

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Primarily a printmaker, Charles also creates paintings and drawings of scenes inspired from his extensive travels both in the UK and overseas. His most recent works take their inspiration from his travels around Wales and Ireland – in particular the ruins, castles and follies to be found there.

“I journey out into the landscape to draw and paint, and since 1989 have made annual visits to the Republic of Ireland, attracted by its great expanse of emptiness with its many fine ruined castles and manor houses,” he says. “These form an ongoing theme throughout my work of ‘man’s order within nature’. All the work done here on location helps inspire the prints that are in themselves a creative interpretation of place and experience,” he continues.

Born in Orkney, Charles studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and later at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in illustration. He now teaches printmaking at numerous art schools and has been commissioned to create bespoke illustrations for books and magazines.

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The exhibition will be at the Andrews Concourse Gallery from 7 November 2014 – 17 January 2015. The gallery is located in Southampton Solent University (main entrance), Michael Andrews Building, East Park Terrace, SO14 0YN.

Please note, this exhibition will be closed from Wednesday 24 December 2014 until Friday 2 January 2015 inclusive, for the Christmas break.