Edward Charney has been teaching Painting and Drawing at Wittenberg University since 2000. He received a BA in Painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Painting from Edinboro University. Charney has taught at numerous other colleges and universities and well as exhibiting his paintings across the United States. His work is in museum and private collections throughout the region and can be seen at The Keny Gallery in Columbus. The current exhibit at Dutoit Gallery contains several small sketches or studies that will inform larger works in the future. Much of the work was inspired by the rural scenery surrounding me, especially the small towns with old water towers.
The paintings in this exhibit are responses to direct observations of nature, or they are responses to memories of recent encounters with nature. The cloud sketches are a part of an on-going series of sky observations that allow the ground elements to be minimized. By doing so, the scale of the objects and spaces are synchronized into a less ambiguous size within the picture. I utilize water towers, house tops, and tree lines for that purpose and show them at variable times of day, depending on where the attention needs to be.
Exhibition opening: September 7, 6-9pm
Also open: Third Sunday, September 16, 11 am-4pm