Color Studies in Post-Impressionist Painting: Cezanne to Fauvism

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.
9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
The instructor will present an overview of the class the first day and you will discuss options available to you. As an advanced student you should already have the basics.
Students don’t need anything the first day except for taking notes.

The instructor will go over all supply options at that time.

Here is a note from your instructor-

“Please be sure and attend the first class. It concerns the accomplishments and reasons Cezanne is the basis of most modern and contemporary art.

I will explain and give you ways to approach, consider and read his paintings as to structure, ambiguity and color modeling. All of these considerations and skills are also key to other artists covered as well. Indeed he is the driving force for most Post Impressionist major art. You will also receive a set of handouts to use as references then and later, a list of basic colors I use and the basis of most color mixing I will refer to in oil paints. Other mediums are your responsibility to find the equivalent as names and colors keep evolving among the various brands as well as how to look for quality in oils.

I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting, Charles Emerson”

Not the “Fleeting Moment” of Impressionism, but the Cezanne influenced emergence of the individual artist. No window on the world, but a view into the artist’s mind and soul. Color as structure. Color as space. Color as modeling and color as personal expression, applied in new ways for maximum effect. All is based on Cezanne’s Modernist dictum, “Structure Not Imitation.” Artists to be studied through weekly lectures and exercises include: Gaugin, Van Gogh, Redon, Seurat, Vuillard, Munch and Toulouse-Lautrec. There is necessary homework and advance preparation. A fee of twenty five dollars will be collected in advance for additional materials. Either oils or acrylics.