Char­lie Meckel

American Art Collector - - Artist Focus -

Within ring­ing com­po­si­tions, Char­lie Meckel’s touch with color and stroke is both sooth­ing and mov­ing. His art re­flects the un­der­stand­ing of the del­i­cate nu­ances of space, form, tex­ture and light, and his thirst for knowl­edge and grasp of the sub­lime have led him to par­tic­i­pate in an ex­ten­sive and full lin­eage of tra­di­tional paint­ing mas­ters.

Born in a one-room adobe house in north­ern New Mex­ico, Meckel was ex­posed to art and ex­plo­ration early on. Through books he gained knowl­edge of draw­ing tech­niques: lin­ear per­spec­tive, mass­ing and pro­por­tion­ing of fig­ures, and vis­ual storytelling. Hav­ing free range of the desert gave Meckel a keen eye for the drama and beauty that is spe­cial to New Mex­ico with its unique light, dra­matic skies and vast, open spa­ces.

While the phys­i­cal form is the os­ten­si­ble sub­ject mat­ter, it is only a con­veyance of the spir­i­tual essence of the ex­pe­ri­ence, which gives the art­work a per­son­al­ity and ar­che­typal identity. Each brush­stroke is a term within a math­e­mat­i­cal for­mula to con­vey geo­met­ric truths that al­ways point to the in­ef­fa­ble.

Meckel im­bues each piece with deep ob­ser­va­tion, skill and aes­thetic soul. His mis­sion as an artist is to con­trib­ute to the con­tin­u­ing rich tra­di­tion of Western rep­re­sen­ta­tional oil paint­ing that has in­spired his own artis­tic jour­ney. The work is uni­fied by a sense of yearn­ing and an over­ar­ch­ing gestalt for the ex­pan­sive­ness of life, an ex­ten­sion to the hori­zon within an il­lu­sory space. The paint­ings evoke ar­che­typal con­stants through rep­re­sent­ing a world in flux.

On De­cem­ber 5, he will par­tic­i­pate in the small works show at Gi­a­cobbe-Fritz Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, and the group hol­i­day show at Da­cia Gallery in New York from De­cem­ber 10 to Jan­uary 12.

Evening Light, oil on can­vas, 20 x 24"

Door Open­ing, oil on can­vas, 32 x 46"

Hop­per Graf, oil on can­vas, 30 x 48"

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