Closing Reception Dec 15, 5-8 pm
Free In-Person Event No Tickets Required
Gary Wexler Gallery
2682 Cherokee Way
Palm Springs, CA
Charles Phoenix: TUNE IN
Gallery Showing of Original Paintings Nov 25 – Dec 17
ABOUT THE ART:Charles’ debut art show of original paintings is a colorful series of acrylic on canvas portraits celebrating mid-century era television sets.
These paintings represent the variety of TV cabinet styles made to match the popular interior décor of the day; Contemporary, Modern, Early American, Ranch, French Provincial, Chinese Modern and more.
“Imagine it’s the age of space and you’ve just stepped into a TV store,” says Charles. “The era when TVs were a piece of furniture made with richly stained woods, sparkling speaker grill cloth and shapely screens.
Each of Charles’ television set “models” are named after a Southern California city or neighborhood: The Westwood, The Malibu, The Newport Beach, The Chinatown, The Sherman Oaks, The San Fernando Valley, The Beverly Hills, The Pasadena, The Miracle Mile, The Hollywood, and of course, The Palm Springs.
As a child of the 60s and 70s, not only did I enjoy watching TV shows, I enjoyed the TV sets themselves. The TV as a motif has always attracted and inspired me.
When the pandemic lockdown hit that was my cue to get productive. For me, this was going to be what I call “creative lockdown.”
Without skipping a beat, I stocked up on art supplies and started painting. I didn’t think about what to paint, I painted the first thing I wanted to see on that canvas: a classic mid-century television set with bright color TV bars on the screen. One painting inspired another as I interpreted the various cabinet styles as though they might have appeared illustrated in brochures or magazine ads. By the time the pandemic was over, I had enough paintings to fill a manufacturer’s catalog and TV showroom.