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Charles Emerson

Charles Emerson

(From Historic Seattle, Artist Profiles)
“Charles Emerson is a fine art painter concerned with form, spatial and atmospheric modeling with color. A native Californian, he has lived in Boston, New York, Venice, and now, Seattle, Washington.

Emerson studied painting at the University of Southern California (BFA), Boston University (Graduate), and at Yale University with Josef Albers (MFA). Then, receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to Venice, Italy, he stayed two years painting and researching Byzantine art ideas and works. In New York, he painted portraits and did some commercial projects before returning to Southern California as an artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Fine Art/San Diego Art Museum where he became interested in museum work, curated several shows and taught and lectured extensively.

Byzantine Echo, Oil on Canvas 24 x 24

During a brief residency at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he visited Seattle and found the place he had been looking for, a place best suited for his art development. After many studio moves, usually just a step ahead of a developer, he found the best of all possible places and had the opportunity to move into the Good Shepherd Center. An urban oasis with beautiful grounds, it’s an ideal work-live space.

Emerson currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and has dedicated himself wholly to painting, a few ongoing critique groups, and an occasional specialized painting workshop for advanced color studies.”

“This instructor really prepares before class and knows his materials. He is the strongest teacher I’ve had at the school ever.” – Bonnie Jo F.

Charles Emerson earned a BFA in painting from the USC, completed a year of graduate studies in painting at Boston University, the completed his MFA in Painting from Yale University, where he studied with Josef Albers, himself a renowned educator and color theorist.

Emerson was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in painting, which took him to Venice, Italy. He was the Artist in Residence at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California for four years, where he also taught. His work is published in The Art of Drawing, by Bernard Chaet, Bi-Annual Survey of Contemporary American Painting-1969, and Projections: Anti-Materialism, La Jolla Museum of Art.

The Art of Charles Emerson