Charlie Duck

Charlie Duck

I'm just loving the sort of discomfiting weightlessness of London-based Royal College of Art graduate Charlie Duck's paintings! Describing his work as an intersection between painting and drawing, abstracted figures appear to float, stretch, and maneuver their way within uncertain terrain. 

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So Charlie, what first interested you in pursuing art, or painting?

A series of chance occurrences.

Your work is often very bright and occasionally employs some geometric elements or sharp lines. Can you tell me a bit more about your work?

I work across drawing, painting, and sculpture. Central to my work are themes of history, art history and biography. I am interested in finding connections between seemingly disparate and disconnected sources. Embedded in the work are a variety of references and quotations, that drift between the autobiographical and the impersonal. 

Can you describe your process?  And what is your favorite thing about your medium? How does it challenge you? 

I work iteratively in sketchbooks, things tend either to resonate or not. All of my works are informed by this process. The work is cumulative, drawing from lots of things - sometimes something seen that day and sometimes something seen years before. As for medium, I move between different ones frequently, each of which have their own challenges; the challenges tend to be what I like most about each one.

What is your studio space or workspace like?

I have a studio space just off the Old Kent Road which is dusty and cluttered but not wholly unpleasant. 

What is the best advice you've ever received?

Keep your chin up.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about pursuing art, either creatively or professionally? How do you or have you handle(d) that?

Keeping your chin up... I think knowing when to take a break from the studio is good. And that it's OK to do so.

How would you define "success?"

Feeling like you have a vague idea of what you're doing when you're in the studio.

What are you working on right now? Any upcoming shows or projects?

I have just made a painting for the forthcoming Drawing Biennial at the Drawing Room, London, and then I'm going to be in Tuscany at a residency during April. I'm currently working in sketchbooks, thinking about the work I want to make whilst I am there.

Find more at charlieduck.co.uk and on Instagram @charlie.duck!

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