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Monday, January 1, 2018

Event Horizon Invitational Opens at IX Gallery

Charles was invited to participate in IX Gallery's first large group exhibition of 2018 -  Event Horizon.

This online exhibition brings together 68 pieces from 20 artists and explores the very wide range of themes and imagery that can be defined as "imaginative realism" within today's fine art milieu.

Charles has 5 paintings included, three of which are brand new. Enjoy the sneak peeks above, then click over to IX Gallery to view the show. Please contact IX Gallery for purchasing information.

- Event Horizon Exhibition at IX Gallery

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Portrait of Local Georgia Educator Florine Dial Johnston

"Florine Dial Johnston"   24x18   oil on linen

Earlier this year Charles was chosen to paint a posthumous portrait of Florine Dial Johnston (1890-1979), a life-long teacher and educator from Woodstock, Georgia. Two of her sons commissioned the painting, intending it for display at the local elementary school which is her namesake.

Charles with Florine's sons Richard and William Johnston

On December 1st, the family presented the framed portrait to the staff and students of the Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School. Florine's son Richard Johnston noted that the painting was very well received and he expects that it will hang at the school for many years to come.

Principal Amy Graham (holding the painting), Johnston family members,
school counselor Michelle Giles, and students of the Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School

Posthumous portraits are always a challenge. Charles relied on multiple family photographs, as well as stories and reminiscences from family members to create the vignette-style likeness. He feels extremely honored that the Johnston family chose him to play this small part in continuing Florine's legacy as an educator and benefactor.

The Florine Dial Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock, Georgia

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Charles Awarded for Painting Outside the Box

"She Beguiles in Red" has been awarded 10th place in the Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition, in the Outside the Box category!

She is included in very good company. The winners and finalists in all 5 categories are listed on the Portrait Society of America's website.

-- Portrait Society of America 2017 Members Only Competition

"She Beguiles in Red"   30 x 20    oil

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Follow Charles on Instagram !

Charles is now on Instagram!
Plenty of beautiful paintings, some cute studio cats, and maybe a few peeks behind the scenes.
Come join us.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Charles Awarded AAPL's Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor

Jug with Broken Handle   18 x 14   oil

We were very honored to be notified that Charles' gorgeous still life painting "Jug with Broken Handle" was awarded the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor at the American Artists Professional League's 89th Grand National Exhibition!

This year's exhibition was held online (due to a scheduling conflict with their usual venue, the beautiful Salmagundi Club) and is available to be viewed on their website through December 29, 2017. Also available is the list of award winners, chosen by nationally known and respected artists David A. Leffel and Sherrie McGraw.

Charles' award, the Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor, is named for a past president of the American Artists Professional League who led the organization for 15 years. According to his New York Times obituary, Frank C. Wright (1904-1982) was "an inventor and painter noted for his campaigns to raise money for classical art training." He was a businessman and economic specialist who graduated from Yale University and who also trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His paintings, primarily portraits and seascapes, hang in the Smithsonian and other collections around the world.

The American Artists Professional League is a New York City based art organization dedicated to traditional realism. Their stated mission is to "advance the cause of the fine arts in America, through the promotion of high standards of beauty, integrity, and craftsmanship in painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts," principles that Charles also deeply believes in. They have held a Grand National Exhibition for the past 89 years.

 -- American Artists Professional League's website
 -- AAPL 89th Grand National Exhibition award winners
 -- read the full New York Times obituary for Frank C. Wright (1904-1982)

Friday, November 3, 2017

"Natasha" an Art Muse Contest Finalist

More great news from Art Muse! "Natasha" was chosen as a finalist in the Master Class category of the September edition of Art Muse Contest by that month's judge Marc Hanson.

"Those eyes! I really don't need to say too much more than that to justify my choice of this painting. Charles has beautifully painted this woman with a look on her face that would catch the attention of anyone in her presence. It's most skillfully painted, with just enough information included so as to convey the emotion, but not to detract from those eyes! A joy to view!" -- Marc Hanson

Thank you Marc for such a wonderful review! And many thanks again to the Art Muse organizers.

-- Art Muse Contest's website

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"She Beguiles in Red" accepted into Audubon Artists Exhibition

"She Beguiles in Red"   30 x 20, oil

Audubon Artists, Inc., a New York City based art organization, recently held their 75th Annual Exhibition. We were very pleased to learn that Charles' vibrant figure painting "She Beguiles in Red" was selected by the jury to be included.

This year's exhibition was online, due to scheduling conflicts with The Salmagundi Club, their regular venue.

the Audubon Artists website

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Amethyst" an Art Muse Contest Finalist

We once again received a great email from Art Muse Contest. "Amethyst" had been chosen as a finalist in the August competition by that month's judge Stanka Kordic.

"Another piece I kept coming back to... Very well composed, and the figure impeccably handled with just the right amount of detail, and suggestion. The color choices astounding to me as well." -- Stanka Kordic

Many thanks to Stanka and the Art Muse organizers.

-- Art Muse Contest's website

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Peter Cox (1942 - 2017) - In Memoriam

Peter Cox teaching at Art Students League
(photo from Workshop magazine Spring 2007)

Peter Cox has died.
The teacher who most impacted my art and my life, who altered the very way I see the world.

As an artist he was extraordinary in his approach and in the aesthetic he pursued. He may have not been as famous as other artists, but those who know of his art know him to be great.

"Study for Vespers" by Peter Cox
48 x 28, oil on panel, 2009
In 1989, while I was a student at National Academy of Design in NYC, a teacher urged me to go to a Peter Cox one man show that had just opened. That show blew me away. It was painting that I had never seen before. Real depth, but more-- the figures weren't just realistic, they seemed alive. I remember fighting back tears because of the beauty before me and then realizing those tears were because I knew I'd never be that good. I stayed at the gallery for several hours just looking and looking and then my despair turned into something else, a resolve to learn how to paint LIKE THIS, to paint with POWER and INTENSITY. I saw things at that exhibition that made an impact on me that has never diminished. I went back to that teacher and told him about my reactions to the show and he said, "You have to study with Peter. You think like him and you approach things like him."

As soon as finances allowed I went to Peter’s class at Art Students League and it was an immediate connection. He changed my art; he taught me how to think about things in a different way and to see, really see, color. HE CHANGED MY LIFE. Other teacher's classes all paled in comparison.

As I was growing professionally, I spent 5 years going back and forth from Atlanta to New York for Peter’s classes. My skills and understanding of the visual language grew until my confidence and busy schedule caused a transition that resulted in my discontinuing extended visits to NYC. After a decade and more of professional work and not going to class, I resolved to go back to see him in 2006 via his workshops at Art Students League. His tremendous artistic evolution was on display and there we were again - Peter teaching and me soaking it up like a sponge twice a year for almost a decade more.

My class notes from those times are precious to me, now more than ever. A single phrase from him could fling open doors in my mind and clarify the mysteries. I had hoped he would write and publish a book in his lifetime. Some vehicle to preserve his massive artistic knowledge, his philosophy, his approach.

But Peter has died.

And I cannot express in words the depth of my grief.

Charles Young Walls
Atlanta GA | September 8, 2017


"Couple" by Peter Cox
28.5 x 32, charcoal, pastel, graphite on bristol, 2000

For more information about Peter Cox please visit:

Peter Cox website

The Art Spirit Gallery's website