Working on La Súndari, 2005

La Súndari, 2005, oil on 3 window shutters, 158 x 150 cm, Private Collection

Portrait of flamenco dancer Marco Flores, 2006 oil on card, 62 x 43 cm

Totara Street kitchen, 2006, oil on card, 66 x 56 cm

Totara St Garden, 2006, oil on card, 44.5 x 50 cm

Verandah with piano, 2006, oil on card, 44.5 x 50 cm, Private Collection

29 March Kitchen, Totara St, 2002, watercolour, 30.5 x 30.5 cm

Study for La Lucha, 20011, oil on card, 97 x 58 cm, Private Collection

Study for La Lucha, 2011, oil on card, 77 x 55 cm

Concha Jareño, 2011, oil on card, 58 x 77 cm

Study which features in the short film 'The Dance of the Brushes', 2010, oil on canvas, 65 x 55 cm

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Silent places II


Charles moved to Madrid in 2003 drawn by his interest in Spanish artists such as Velázquez and Goya and to further his flamenco guitar, studying with maestro El Entri at Amor de Dios Flamenco Dance Academy.

Looking for alternative surfaces to paint on, he began using used cardboard boxing, old wooden window-shutters or wooden slatted blinds. His painting 'La Súndari' (2005, oil on 3 window shutters, 158 x 150 cm, Private Collection) went on to be shown in the Saatchi Gallery, London.

A number of Charles's paintings from this period relate to his grandfather's house and garden in Nelson, New Zealand, where he stayed for a number of months in 2001.

In 2010 he worked on his first short film 'The Dance of the Brushes' which went on to win second prize in the I Flamenco Short Film Festival, Madrid. A painting he made inspired by Picasso formed part of the film. The following year, 2011, he was commissioned to paint a large work for the online magazine and flamenco shop deflamenco.