Charles Emerson

Charles is a fine art photographer who explores the creation of palimpsests by building layers within his work. Whether using physical layers constructed in a studio or capturing natural light on film and working the effects over digital images, this perpetually evolving approach creates innovative and captivating projects.

The Flower series draws on the composition and lighting values of still life paintings. Using water and inks, Charles creates images that experiment with the boundaries between painting and photography.

His latest works in the series BLACKLIGHT see the project move into bold new territory, constructing layers with increasing complexity and depth. The photographic element becomes almost secondary to the physical scenes created in his studio. It is the culminating decisive moment of these real scenes captured in his final pieces. Initially influenced by the use of symbolism in Dutch Vanitas, Charles creates his own symbolic imagery with which he explores fragility in life, death and the hereafter.

‘Bauchaille Etive Mor’ is the name of the mountain photographed across a year for this series. As Charles ages with each journey the mountain remains constant, only the seasons and conditions change. A digital camera captures the detail with additional colour layers achieved using a replica of Charles’ first ever camera, a point and shoot Halina.

‘Sky Studies’ explore the idea of creating an epic scene on a minute scale. Within a tank, in controlled studio conditions, Charles uses highly constructed scenes to emulate nature, taking inspiration from Constable and Turner. The final works capture a singular moment and sense of calm within a tumultuous, ever changing scene.

 

Charles Emerson images are available as limited edition prints. Contact Jack on jack@antlersgallery.com for more information and purchasing enquiries.

Read an interview with Charles here: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist-interview-charles-emerson

View a full catalogue of works from Charles’ recent exhibition BLACKLIGHT here: CATALOGUE

 

EDUCATION

2001-2004 BA (hons) Photography, Falmouth College of Art

EXHIBITIONS

2013 Blacklight, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2013 F-Number, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

2013 Winter Shop, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2013 Kindred, Antlers Gallery, London

2012 Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud

2012 Sky Studies, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2012 Still Chaos, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 Creative Review Photography Annual Exhibition, Aubin Gallery, London

2011 AOP Open Photography Awards, The Dray Walk Gallery, London

2011 Botany, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 Sony Photography Awards, London, New York and Sao Paulo

2011 RWA Open Photography, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol

2010 Dreaming Out Loud, View Gallery, Bristol

ART FAIRS

2014 AAF Battersea, Antlers Gallery, London

2013 AAF Battersea, London

2013 Buy Art Fair, Antlers Gallery, Manchester

2013 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2012 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

PRIZES/AWARDS

2011 Selected for Creative Review Photography Annual

2011 Sony Photography Awards, Professional Awards Winner – Still Life Category

2010 Wallpaper iPad App, Best Images from 2010 featured ‘A Rose From Auschwitz’

2010 Spectrum Photography Award

BLACKLIGHT

At Long Last
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £840

The Fullness of Now
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 50 cm) £430
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (105 x 70 cm) £890

Wait Here
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £790

Beginning of Her
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £790

A Blade Without End
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £740

An Instant Before
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £740

This Moment After
Ed. of 20 (+ AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £740

Nothing Touches You
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (60 x 60 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £740

Deafening Quiet
Edition of 20 (+AP)
60 x 60 cm
£430

Indivisible Bloom
Ed. of 20 (+ AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £890

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Moutains

Buachaille Etive Mòr III
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£360

Buachaille Etive Mòr I
Photographic Print
85 x 60 cm
£360

Buachaille Etive Mor IV
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£360

Buachaille Etive Mòr II
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£360

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Skies

Charles Emerson
Sky I – Edition of 10 (+AP) – 61 x 54 cm – £380

Sky IV
Photographic Print
38 x 85 cm
£360

Storm II
Limited Edition Photographic Print
£360

Sky II
Edition of 10 (+AP)
86 x 58 cm
£380

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Flowers

White Rose I
Photographic Print
75.2 x 56 cm
£480

White Rose II
Photographic Print
75.2 x 56 cm
£360

A Rose From Auschwitz
Photographic Print
75.5 x 56 cm
SOLD OUT

Helleborous
Edition of 10 (+AP)
50 x 50 cm
SOLD OUT

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Editions by Charles Emerson


    This Moment After
    £380

    Nothing Touches You
    £380

    Indivisible Bloom
    £380

    Deafening Quiet
    £430

    Beginning of Her
    £380

    At Long Last
    £380

    An Instant Before
    £380

    A Blade Without End
    £380

    Wait Here
    £380

    The Fullness of Now
    £430

    Buachaille Etive Mor IV
    £360

    Buachaille Etive Mor I
    £360

    Red Rose II
    £450

    White Rose II
    £380

    White Rose I
    £480

From the Blog

Artist Interview : Charles Emerson

‘Boch-isle E-tiff More’, is apparently the correct pronunciation for Charles Emerson’s Buachaille Etive Mòr series. Named after the mountain they depict, these photographs form an imposing set of images that document the same landscape as both it, and the photographer …

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