Yellow Shoe Shop
Oil on canvas
14 x 30 inches
“What I liked was their deceptive simplicity when in fact they are meticulously painted. The colours sing, and the flesh tones are masterly, especially where the coloured shadows fall...The only problem is it looks easy, which I know it isn't. But as Fred Astaire said, "If it doesn't look easy we haven't worked hard enough".” Laura Gascoigne 2008
Charles Williams was born in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and raised in England. He was educated at Kent College in Canterbury, Maidstone College of Art and the Royal Academy, London, where in 1992 he won the top prize for painting as well as the prize for anatomical drawing.
In 1996, he was elected to the New English Art Club (NEAC) of which he is now a committee member and with whom he regularly exhibits in the Mall Galleries in London.
In 1999, along with fellow artist Eamon Everall, he became one of the 12 original founder members of Stuckism, the radical anti-conceptual art movement. Williams exhibited regularly with the Stuckists, was a joint winner of their Real Turner Prize 2002,and was a featured artist in the major show, The Stuckists Punk Victorian, at the Walker Art Gallery, during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial.
Williams' paintings use a narrative content to give a sense of the wider concerns of his subjects. His book, Basic Drawing (pub. Robert Hale), summing up his teaching methods, was published in September 2011.