Advanced Color Painting Seminar/Critique

Charles Emerson is a Pacific Northwest painter who creates richly hued abstract paintings that describe ethereal and atmospheric spaces. Embracing color as the foundation of his work, Emerson builds his compositions by applying layers of subtly varied tones that shift with light. His paintings contain terrestrial forms, celestial shapes, and painterly marks, each depicting an emotive microcosm with every varying palette. His paintings are reflections on personal experiences and an engagement with the concept that “nothing ever stays the same.” Emerson uses painting both as a visual diary– recording places, significant moments, and interpersonal interactions- -as well as a part of a spiritual search where one can transcend the here and now. Charles Emerson, originally from Los Angeles, received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Southern California. He was the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, and he completed his fellowship in Venice, Italy in 1961. Emerson has shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Venice, Italy and Los Angeles, CA. He was the artist-in-residence at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego) in La Jolla, CA, and at Reed College in Portland, OR. Emerson has resided in the Northwest for more than 30 years, and he teaches color theory and painting at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.
4/15-6/17 (no class 5/27)
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
Please bring a FINISHED painting to discuss in class the first day, as well as materials to write down the first week’s color assignment.
This is not a studio class! All work is done outside and brought to class weekly. This new course is for those who want honest and direct evaluation and direction for any painting style. We search for logic, consistency, and convincing work, with color as an equal and dynamic element. Your facilitator prefers a Modernist Coloristic approach but is open to other ideas if they are successful in context. Suggested color exercises, both for individual work and general participation, will be given each week to further your ability to see and read color.