Each month a different King Street Gallery artist is featured in our Spotlight Room. Throughout December artist Charlotte Leadbeater will be showing her work. We caught up with Charlotte to find out more about her art and her inspirations…
Contemporary fine and applied arts gallery with a regularly changing exhibition of new work by the artist members. The King Street gallery also showcases special exhibitions by visiting renowned artists in this prestigious West Wales gallery. Talks and workshops given by highly regarded artists are frequent events. Member of Collector Plan – an interest-free loan scheme supported by Arts Council of Wales.
How would you summarise your approach as an artist?
I like to draw from the object – that underlines everything I do as an artist. I derive my inspiration from the beauty of nature, which includes human beings, and the drama of being ‘in the moment’ with a concentrated performance from a talented artist, whether it is a model, dancer or a musician.
When and where do you like to work?
Initially I like to work ‘in situ’ whether it is within a landscape, portrait or performance. I might take a photo to remind me of detail, but nothing beats delving into the real thing.
I then take the work back to my studio, where I try and work from 10.00am – 2.00pm every day. If I am ‘in the flow’ I work on until end of the day.
What are your favourite materials and tools?
This depends on my mood or the subject. I nearly always paint portraits in oil, occasionally in acrylic if I am on a tight schedule.
I love destroying a white surface with charcoal, torn paper and acrylic, especially if it is a moving subject. Then I complete with oil pastels, ink, pastels. Still life is of course a contemplation, as is landscape drawing – observation first, creating a new reality second. I also love printmaking but it is more time consuming, and I am naturally a messy person!
Who is your favourite artist and why?
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – such humanity in his portraits; wonderful feeling of light, and of chiaroscuro in his paintings. His etchings are marvellous too. Mashkov, Vincent van Gogh, Emil Nolde and Paul Klee also.
What is the most memorable exhibition you have ever been to?
So many marvellous occasions! Alberto Giacometti in the Tate Modern in the 60s; Sergei Eisenstein’s drawings for the film ‘Ivan the Terrible’ exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum; Natalia Goncharova (designed for Diaghilev) resurrected from the vaults in the Russian Museum, St Petersburg; Paul Klee’s exhibition in the 1990s made me cry.
What five things make you happiest?
- Seeing family and my children and grandchildren.
- Getting into my studio to draw and paint, or a day out to do the same.
- Having a magic day trip with my husband, exploring the Welsh countryside (with sketchbook of course).
- Travelling, seeing friends and live performance.
Charlotte will be presenting a talk on “What happened to the Russian Ballet during the Revolution of 1917” on Friday December 15th at 6.45pm: this will encompass a short free talk based on Charlotte’s paintings in the Gallery.
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