CHARLOTTE FAWLEY - A life in painting
Charlotte graduated from Blackpool School of Art, beginning work as a publicity designer for two years with The Manchester Guardian newspaper.'
She went on to London to take up a career as a book illustrator. At the same time she was working as an art director in some of the major advertising agencies - Young & Rubicam, Collet, Dickinson & Pearce, Ogilvy & Mather, amongst others. During this time, she also had the opportunity to study for some years at Camden Arts Centre , influenced by the tutor, Carribean painter Aubrey Williams, who inspired her love of vibrant colours, the theme of much of his work interpreting the music of Shostakovitch '
A major part of Charlotte Fawley's working life since then has been involved in theatre, namely ballet and opera where she continues to sketch at rehearsals at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as an invited artist. This is where Charlotte has had the opportunity to draw some of the greatest dancers and singers in the world today including the late Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Angela Gheorghiu and dancers Darcey Bussell, Irek Mukhamedov and many others. Her exhibitions also include studies of dancers of The Kirov and Bolshoi companies.
She was recently appointed artist-in residence for Classical Events and was invited to be the official artist for the acclaimed Mikhailovsky Russian Ballet during their season at The London Coliseum in 2008. This company, are here again in July 2010, brought once more from St Petersburg by Gavin Roebuck of Arts Management & Publicity. Some of Charlotte's paintings from both seasons' ballets are shown in one of the galleries on this site.
Charlotte's paintings can currently be seen at ISTD dance studios in Old Street, London and she has carried out several murals with the theme of dance, one in a historic Victorian ballroom, the headquarters of the UKA dance association in Blackpool. Other commissions include frescos and paintings for a private villa in Malaga, Spain:
She said 'Whilst in Malaga, I visited the newly opened Picasso museum -seeing that breathtaking collection of an artist who, (together with Matisse and Toulouse Lautrec) has been a lifelong inspiration.'
'Life as an artist, has brought me many 'unexpected' opportunities...' says Charlotte.'Perhaps, the most extreme being when I was asked to draw graphics for BBC2 Newsnight during the Falklands War, a task which involved creating dramatic images at great speed for the nightly programme throughout the conflict. '
A spin-off from this was an invitation to be part of a BBC2 series on drawing, entitled, 'Making Their Mark' (1990) by BBC producer Dick Foster. I was filmed in action sketching dancers as well as soldiers on manoeuvres - a reconstruction of my graphics for NewsNight's coverage of The Falklands War and later The Gulf War. '
Charlotte lives and works in London
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