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Charles WILCOX

Charles Wilcox has had a love affair with the ocean since his first steps into the waves. From a young age, a hunter-gatherer ideology has influenced his life and work, from free-diving for seafood to collecting driftwood and reinstating old junk to new glory. Whilst growing up, his father (a pilot, engineer and adventurer) fed his curiosity and fearlessness when it came to the great outdoors and his artwork reflects this unending passion for water, sand and sun.

Wilcox’s works are a reflection and representation of his love of the sea, adventure and travel. Each piece speaks of its journey: aged and dog-eared newspapers revitalised by youthful ink beauties painted on top, twisted branches smoothed by sand and water and blemished iron beautified by natural patina. His paintings capture the energy and often unpredictable nature of the sea. Bold strokes of thick impasto add great texture to his works.

From sculptures to paintings, he travels as far as Cape York in Far North Queensland for unique items and inspiration to use within his works. Each piece speaks of its journey: aged and dog-eared newspapers revitalised by youthful ink beauties painted on top, twisted branches smoothed by sand and water and blemished iron beautified by natural patina.

Hiking, diving and exploring the most rugged and remote coastlines of the east coast of Australia, Wilcox travels as far as Cape York where he charters light aircraft to give him access to the most isolated beaches. It’s in these places where he selects materials which have been shaped by the harsh elements of the Australian environment to use in his artworks. Washed-up driftwood, flotsam and jetsam found by chance on a secluded beach which have survived a journey across vast oceans. Corrugated iron and other salvaged building materials, scorched by sun and hammered by storms.

“The Australian coast doesn’t just inspire my art, it becomes a part of it”.