Charles Avery, I first came across his work in The Gallery of modern Art in Edinburgh about 10 years ago. Since then his work has reappeared in my head. I have thought what this is, but on reflection I think it is because it captures my imagination. it allows the viewer to create their own story through Avery’s beautiful, and detailed sketches.
Creating scenes that pull the eye in, roaming around from section to section, each time you look you notice something new. Using sign and symbols of everyday objects we all recognise, and we can project our own meaning onto these objects. No one viewers story would be the same.
Charles Avery is a Scottish artist from Oban. He currently lives and works in London. Since 2004 he has devoted and developed his practice to develop an imaginary island. Avery uses drawing s and sculpture to explore the aspects of the island, the main market town Onomatopoeia to the Eternal forrest.
Avery gives an insight into the ‘Heidless Macgregors Bar’
‘After an afternoon ambling through the market our tourist will no doubt frequent one of the taverns around the port that provide bush meat and beer, before tottering onto the cruiser that will convey him back to Triangleland, as the Islanders disparagingly call the outside world.’
These feel to me like the working of Avery’s mind, bringing the subconscious to the conscious, a wonderful imagination, depicting his thoughts and bringing them to life in his drawings. His work leaves an intrigue an invitation to pull you back too the Island again and again.
- Generation(2007),Generation-25years of Contemporary Art in Scotland. Available at:http://generationartscotland.org/artists/charles-avery/%5BAccessed 5th December 2014]
- National Galleries of Scotland (2008),The Islanders: An introduction|Charles Avery. Available at: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-islanders-an-introduction/highlights-6048 [Accessed 5th December 2014]