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WELLCOME ACQUISITION
 
The Wellcome Collection have acquired 30 of Bryan Charnley’s major paintings. These include fifteen paintings from the Self Portrait Series and the
fifteen works listed below:
 
Broken Windmill. Oil on canvas, 1979.
Pam & I. Oil on board, 1982.
The Stars Only Come Out at Night. Oil on canvas,
1983.
Fish Schizophrene. Oil on canvas, c.1986.
Nail Schizophrene. Oil on canvas, c.1986.
On Painting. Oil on canvas, c.1987.
Leaving by the Window. Oil on canvas, 1987.
Birth of Lust. Oil on canvas, 1988.
Crossing the Border. Oil on canvas, 1988.
Homage to Freud. Oil on canvas, 1988.
Tree of Life. Oil on canvas, 1989.
Angel & Straitjacket. Oil on canvas, c.1990.
The Walk. Oil on canvas, 1990.
Untitled (Love). Oil on canvas, 1990.
Where the Soft Winds Blow. Oil on canvas, 1990.
 
The 2018 acquisition also consists of Bryan Charnley’s archive featuring his sketchbooks, journals and diaries. These are seen as a valuable resource for study of the artist and the conditions pertaining to his life and work. The Wellcome Collection is located at 183 Euston Road London.
 
 
BRYAN CHARNLEY : ART & ADVERSITY

Bryan Charnley: Art and Adversity Softcover, 203 pages, 245 x 212 mm. £19.95

An important new study of Bryan Charnley’s life and art is now available.  The book Bryan Charnley: Art and Adversity by James Charnley is published by i2i Publishing and is available on Amazon from 31st July 2018.  

 With a Foreword by the art historian and curator Kirsten Tambling the book survey’s the artists childhood, adolescence and the madness that was to afflict his life and found consummate expression in his paintings. There are over 100 full colour illustrations of the paintings with contemporary photographs augmented by interviews, journals, medical records, letters and diaries. 

The extraordinary paintings and the life of the artist who produced them are described in revelatory detail in this book. Bryan Charnley is an exceptional talent, who now joins the pantheon of British visionary artists such as Richard Dadd, Louis Wain, Mary Barnes and Nick Blinko, who were able to illustrate their suffering through their art.  Henry Boxer, Art Dealer and Director of Raw Vision Magazine 
For more information contact jamescharnley@ymail.com
 
Tel/text:  07792 100416

 

 

Bryan Charnley, The Art of Schizophrenia.
16 February -22 May 2015. Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

The first major retrospective of this British artist, Bryan Charnley will also be the inaugural exhibition in Bethlem’s new Museum of the Mind.

The paintings of Bryan Charnley (1949-1991) used visual metaphor and symbolism to vividly illustrate the physical experience of schizophrenia, an illness Charnley lived with from adolescence until his premature death in 1991. Bringing together works from the Bethlem collection and many rarely seen works from the Estate of Bryan Charnley, this exhibition looks back at Charnley’s life and work – from his early photo-realist inspired portraits and cityscapes to the direct expression and communication of his later allegorical paintings, many inspired by other works in the Bethlem collection. ‘Here I saw art stripped of all esoteric and conceptual pretensions’, he wrote, ‘I gladly adopted this approach which seemed to be more vital than any current “-ism”’

 

Scratch the Surface, 14 -27 March 2016. Bryan Charnley exhibition and audience with James Charnley chaired by British Contemporary artist, Stuart Semple.  Bryan Charnley: The Self Portrait Series – a short film about Bryan Charnley’s final work.

The pod, scratch the surface