Charles MacQueen RSW RGI
Charles MacQueen was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1958 to 1962. After a successful career teaching art, he retired in 1990 to become a full-time artist. His most important influence was John Dewey's book 'Art as Experience' which gave him a justification to work in an abstract, non-figurative form.
Charles has travelled extensively through North Africa, Italy, the Greek Islands and France. The influence of colour and light can be seen in his highly textured works, each of which is related to the last. So with recent trips in Tunisia and Morocco, the stark visual contrasts between blinding sunlight and dark black bazaars, which are full of rich reds, golds and turquoise are reflected vividly in his paintings. Such a contrast can also be likened to sleep in a darkened room with strong sunlight streaming through the shutters. Colour and surface texture are very important elements in his paintings. His forms are forms from remembered experiences or dreams and they are an evocation rather than a representation.
This internationally acclaimed artist has won many prestigious awards including the Torrance Award and the Teacher's Whisky Travel Award, both at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts of which he was elected a member in 1983. A year later he became a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. His work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.