Charles Wish

Charles Wish gives the observer much to explore and ponder in his work. Each time I look at these paintings, I notice new elements I hadn’t seen before. The eyes tend to dart around, trying to take it all in.

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From the artist site: Charles Wish is a Los Angeles artist best known for visually fusing American Regionalist imagery with that of 16th – 19th century South-Asia. Citing various artists of the far-east along with American painters, including Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, Wish thoughtfully combines the esoteric symbolism of an age-old civilization with some of rural-America’s most selfsame symbols and scenes.

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“The things that fascinate me most in this world usually seem to be directly connected with either the felicity of nature or the culture-ghosts from some distinctly separate pasts. Formulating art which respectfully melds and unifies the best of these experiences always makes me feel inexpressively alive and inexpressively privileged.”

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Charles Wish

One Response to “Charles Wish”

  1. I like this art, it’s imaginatively talented and colorful (big word). It definitely makes my corneas gallop across the canvas. His website has a lot of interesting works, too. I like the pencil drawings, like the raven on the apple. Though I also spotted several copyright infringements such as the famous Quaker Oats guy. Anyway, perhaps it’s because I haven’t eaten anything other than a Snickers bar for 7 hours, I tend to get irked when the artist website explains their work in such a lexicon way, that it’s an insulting to try to convince us that the paintings’ have a bigger, deeper meaning than what it really is – a painting of an acid trip in the waiting room of our minds, and the background music is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. 😉

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