Charles Egornu is a painter, primarily a portrait painter, who uses colour, texture and form to create visually stimulating images. He also likes to experiment with lots of different kinds of materials in his paintings as you will see when you browse around this website.
Charles has been painting since childhood and loves to spend all day in the studio without interruption if possible. Charles likes to work on medium to large-scale projects and predominantly uses oil paints on canvas. However, many of his paintings include “interesting” material shall we say – you will have to ask him to find out more.
Charles’ style suits the blend of traditional figurative art with contemporary abstract techniques that you will see in his paintings. He is influenced by the world around him and he is a keen observer of human interactions.
Charles’ focuses on creating work that you will find enjoyable, interesting and perhaps intriguing. In his work, he tries to express colour in all its beauty. It is also a way for Charles to experiment with the possibilities allowed through different application techniques. He doesn’t seek to rely on overly-complex theories or ideas to prop up badly executed paintings. Charles believes that colour, texture and form are enough to carry a painting and he is proud to use his exceptional technical skills to create paintings that you will like.
For inspiration Charles looks for individuals who have achieved beyond what was expected of them or who have stood up for others in need. For instance, there is the story of Michaela La Prince, who after seeing her parents brutally murdered as a child is now a prima ballerina in America. And there is the story of Johnny Smythe who was one of the few men from the African continent to volunteer to fight in the armed forces for the allies in World War II. In Stalag Luft One, a POW camp for officers, Smythe helped others escape while he remained in the camp until freed by the Russian army in 1945. And you will have heard I am sure of Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat in a still-segregated United States. These are a few of the amazing people that Charles has painted.
Charles likes the viewer to interact with his work and because of this intention he builds many underlying narrative layers into each painting. Each person understands and interprets each painting differently. Charles therefore sees the audience as an integral part of his paintings and considers each piece incomplete until someone interacts with it.