Beth Charles & Robert Charles

Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts showcases the work of Palmerston North-based mixed-media artist and printmaker Beth Charles who is showing her new work in conjunction with photographs by her son Robert Charles. The photographs taken one morning at dawn on Himatangi Beach by Robert Charles have been ‘selectively interpreted’ by Beth Charles to produce 16 unique ‘photo-graphical’ artworks utilising collage and stitchery. An additional five photographs by Robert captures the natural, rugged beauty of the Manawatu’s west coast; this well-known local beach is enjoyed by thousands of swimmers, anglers and families every year. It is a spiritual place which is significant to both artists. Beth Charles moved to the Manawatu from the United Kingdom in 1982 with her husband John, Associate University Librarian at Massey University. Their son Robert was born and grew up here. Head for the Coast will open at 5pm on Friday, 11th March with a reception at the gallery to honour the artists.  The public is warmly invited to view the exhibition and to meet and converse with Beth and Robert. Head for the Coast will continue through 5th April.

 Beth Charles has a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited nationally and internationally; she is currently participating in a print exhibition in Cologne, Germany. Beth writes: “I have been a resident artist in Amsterdam and have work in corporate and private collections both in New Zealand and overseas. Several of my designs have been made into hand woven artist rugs by Dilana Rugs of Christchurch, NZ. My work for this exhibition takes some of Robert’s photographs and adds a personal twist using collage and stitch to suggest the overlay of the man-made world on to the natural one.”

 Robert Charles shares the following: “I am currently a newspaper photographer in Taranaki and have been working in the media industry for nine years. My day-to-day work involves taking photos of people and ‘focal points’, so I found shooting these scenes without those elements challenging. Having said that, I enjoyed looking at something for what it is, with no need to overcomplicate it, and allowing our beautiful Himatangi Beach to be seen at its simple best.”

 An additional feature of the exhibition is the display of two ‘dye-injected’ carpets designed by Beth Charles for Dilana Rugs. These carpet runners are based on the collage/stitch techniques that Beth incorporates in her works on paper.

 Head for the Coast features 16 collage/stitch works by Beth Charles on photographs by Robert Charles and 5 photographs shot by Robert on a Canon EOS-1D X camera. The works are all mounted on card, unframed. Conservation framing is available through the gallery.

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Previous Exhibitions.

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- 22 Mar 19

RETRO - SPECTIVE: Cash & Carry Sale of Silkscreen Prints
By: Malcolm Warr
- 22 Feb 19

SUMMER FLIGHT: New Zealand Birds and Landscapes
By: Jayeta Valentine
- 25 Jan 19

By: Michele Theobald & Val Jones
- 30 Nov 18

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2018
- 12 Nov 18

By: Rachael Smith
- 26 Oct 18

“Licorice All Sorts”
By: Georgia Lambert
- 11 Oct 18

The Art Room (Term 3)
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- 24 Sep 18

By: Willie Docherty
- 25 Aug 18

“A Bouquet of Paintings”
By: Mary Mulholland
- 03 Aug 18

The Infinite Smallness of Being
By: Raemon Rolfe and David Lupton
- 13 Jul 18

Land & Water
By: Timon Maxey
- 22 Jun 18

By: Don Hill & Steve Leurink
- 01 Jun 18

By: New Paintings by Ross Whitlock
- 07 Apr 18

By: Roger Staples
- 02 Mar 18

A Family Affair
By: Colin Hoare and sons James and Alex
- 02 Feb 18

By: Vivian McKenna
- 12 Jan 18

Echoes Of Fiordland
By: Annabel Neall
- 12 Dec 17

By: Te Wananga o Aotearoa Graduate Weavers 2017
- 13 Nov 17

By: Sue Weterings
- 20 Oct 17

IRIS: Photography Exhibition
By: 2017 Epsom/NZIPP Award Winners
- 06 Oct 17

Land and Water
By: Jacky Pearson
- 08 Sep 17

Moments of Transcendent Beauty
By: Paul Lyons
- 11 Aug 17

“Exploring the Intersection Between Detail and Suggestion”
By: John Tidball
- 15 Jul 17

‘The Spaces Between’
By: Anne Morris
- 17 Jun 17

‘The Primacy of Gesture’
By: Ross Whitlock
- 12 May 17

By: Alfred Memelink
- 23 Mar 17

By: Vivian McKenna
- 03 Mar 17

Across the Ditch
By: Australian and New Zealand Print Artists
- 04 Feb 17

“GIVEN TIME AND SPACE” Abstracted Imagery
By: Colin Hoare
- 06 Jan 17

By: Watercolours by Celia Guy
- 03 Dec 16

E Toru nga Mea
By: Weaving and Carving Graduates Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Papaio
- 14 Nov 16

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By: Elka
- 21 Oct 16

Colour Blast: Work That Jump Off the Canvas
By: Boyd-Dunlop
- 10 Sep 16

Heart Standing Still
By: Rachael Smith
- 30 Sep 16

SAMPLING: Paintings by Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL: Caohagan Island Quilts
By: Jayson Rollon & WARMING BODY & SOUL
- 25 Jul 16

Head for the Coast New Work
By: Beth Charles & Robert Charles
- 11 Mar 16

Extraordinary Art: Paintings
By: Paula Novak
- 12 Feb 16

Window to the Falling Sun: Paintings
By: Annabel Neall
- 04 Dec 15

By: Paul Lyons
- 14 Nov 15

An exhibition of Maori Art - Maunga Kura Toi degree artists of Te Wananga o Aotearoa
By: Te Koru
- 03 Nov 15

Country to Coast
By: Nicholas Hayter
- 11 Oct 15

Anything Goes: Annual Exhibition
By: Manawatu Spinners and Weavers Guild
- 28 Sep 15

By: Dennis Greenwood
- 15 Sep 15

"Soul Is Eternal":
By: Wayne Hansen
- 29 Aug 15