CHARLES BLACKMAN

Charles Blackman

Born in Sydney on 12 August 1928. He left school at thirteen and worked with the Sydney Sun, while attending night classes in drawing and design at the East Sydney Technical College from 1942-5 under Hayward Veal.

Charles Blackman – A successful Australian contemporary artist represented in most states and provincial galleries.

Charles Blackman has in many ways been an influence to many young as well as some established artists. His work has been extremely popular and has a strong broad appeal, his symbolic style of including children, flowers, gardens, cats, dreams all reflect emotions and compassion.

Charles Blackman has an amazing 3613 recorded works sold since the 70s to and including 2004, in 2005 year to date July, his recorded sales is 112 works, these figures are excluding all gallery and exhibition sales nationally. The figures show a solid popularity and there has been an increase in demand for his work in 2005.

Charles Blackman has brought much joy to Australians with his diverse range of subjects and mediums, some of the most popular being – Charles Blackman Alice series, School Girl series started in the 50s, Orpheus Suite – of which the 1998-2000 release of 12 Collagraph images, a limited edition of 70 sets has this month sold out completely with a current RRP of $66,000 a set.

Charles Blackman has work being represented in Paris, London.

Barbara Patterson a poet and who became Blackman’s wife in the 50s, suffered with poor eye sight, Charles Blackman in some cases portrayed in his work this affliction by darkening the eyes, PARADISE GARDEN from 1976 was a perfect example, it is a limited edition work and almost non existent in the market.

Blackman moved to Melbourne in 1950 and became a member of the Antipodeans in 1959. He created haunting images of grave women and girls, detached from their surroundings, absorbed in daydreams or games and oblivious to reality.

Charles Blackman today is still working and having his work released. The NSW Gallery has some great books on Blackman, one in particular is, The Paintings of Charles Blackman.

Blackman has won many awards throughout his career, including the Rowney prize for drawing in 1959, the Helena Rubenstein Scholarship in 1960, the Dyeson Endowment Award and the Crouch Prize. Blackman’s work was included in the Whitechapel Open Exhibition in 1961 and Tate Gallery exhibitions of Australian Art 1962-63. A major retrospective, ‘Schoolgirls and Angels,’ was organized in 1993 by the National Gallery of Victoria, touring to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. In 1997 Blackman was awarded an OBE for his services to art. His work is held in all Australian state and most regional galleries, institutional and private collections.

Charles Blackman ALICE popularly known as “The Golden Alice” is a portrait of Carroll’s heroine image. This ‘princess’ is conceived as a child-goddess with the potentiality and mystery of a Goldilocks, a Leda, a Europa or a Beauty, with their bestial counterparts in fairy-tale and myth – bears, swan, bull and beast. Carroll’s originality was to make this beast a benign rabbit, which Alice releases from its bestial form and then masculinises.

In this centrepiece of the Alice series, Blackman gestates his own identification with the fertile Rabbit through the prescient objects – the pink teacup and the white tablecloth with pink reflection – of the restaurant where he cooked at night. The image of this rose-handled, cheeky cup – an echo of Alice’s shining complexion – hovers above the peak as the white tablecloth encroaches into her domain. The open profile of the blue chair, on her other side, forms a cradle for her dissolving body image with its crude arm.

Here, within the passion of her embrace, is the Alice a secret garden -a smouldering bouquet, wellspring of creation and carnality in the eternal female. It is from this bouquet that the seeds of inspiration flame up and through her golden hair, sending creative sparks into the hinterland, more bushfire than sunlight.

Charles Blackman’s imaginative conception of, and conception with, the eternal woman resonates with his own life and with the persona of his wife and muse. Their first child was conceived on the opening night of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Kelly’ paintings at the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Melbourne. The occasion clearly touched a nerve and spring-boarded the scope of his vision for the Alice paintings, which were then in their early stages.

The blue veil across her glance – a symbol of Barbara’s blurred and fleeting eyesight and her psychic vision – complements the empty slit of the Kelly mask; Alice’s triumphant heroine figure answers the centaur-like iconic image of Ned Kelly, the key of Nolan’s series; and the golden ground, freely scum bled over pure blue, red and yellow takes up the challenge of the sunlit ‘Kelly country’ plains. No wonder that Sunday Reed, who was Nolan’s muse in the ‘Kelly’ paintings, treasured this Alice, which she bought at first sight.

When Alice was damaged by flying glass (a blown-out window in 1967), John Reed described the event as a ‘catastrophe’. He went on, ‘We are both very shocked by this, particularly because Alice has been on the walls since we moved into Heidi II and we have both been especially aware of her and involved in her Poor Alice, she looks a little surprised that anyone should do such a thing to her.

About the Charles Blackmans Alice Series –

Blackmans Alice is a suite of six silkscreen prints limited to an edition of 75 plus Artist Proofs.

There have been many illustrations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland since it was first published in 1865, at the last count there where over a hundred.

Blackman has not illustrated Alice; he has in his own way discovered her.

Blackman discovered Alice when he was quite grown up and the impact of his discovery coincided perfectly with his readiness as an artist. It was a magical experience for Charles Blackman, for Alice lives in a world where anything can happen. She brought him freedom that naturally took him close to the essence of the story.

Charles Blackman is a great Romantic artist, a painter of dreams and emotions. Charles Blackman’s ‘Alice’ paintings made in the early 1950’s where among his first important works.

Lewis Carrols immortal words tell us the story set us sailing to Wonderland; Blackmans paintings give us the heart of Alice.

“The white Rabbit came into the kitchen and helped me cook the dinners” said artist Charles Blackman, who was working as a cook in a French restaurant in Melbourne when he painted his Alice in Wonderland series. “Then I would go home to my loft and paint The Rabbit and Alice”.

Golden Alice on a summer’s day, her heart full of dreams, is not surprised when cups and flowers and rabbits float by or where things constantly change into other things. How can she be? She is the “dream child” morning through a land of wonders and new.

Charles Blackman at Etching House for fine art limited edition etchings, silkscreens prints, and lithographic prints.

 

Charles Blackman and Rolf Mende from Etching House chat at State Library NSW Berkeley’s 30th year celebration.

The ever charming and delightful Australian artist Charles Blackman graciously chatted with Rolf Mende from Etching House, Charles is well and a real character, Charles was telling me about his celebrations coming up in Melbourne soon, and how much he loved the art world, he was telling me about Jeffrey Smart and how he lives in Tuscany and he is a marvellous Australian Artist, we spoke about limited edition affordable prints and etchings, Charles said he really loved them and felt it was a way of sharing art with the public, Charles Blackman is defiantly a well loved Iconic Australian Artist who supports the art world with passion, something we share with him dearly.

 

 

Titles and sizes are as follows –

Always Tea Time – image 90x65cm sheet 105x76cm

Pink Alice – image 71.5×68.5cm sheet 105x75cm

Alice’s Jug – image 62.5x49cm sheet 76x56cm

The White Rabbit – image 68.5x49cm sheet 76x56cm

The Chess Game -image 63×79.5cm sheet 75x105cm

Alice’s Adventures – image 67x63cm sheet105x75cm

The series is all on 270gsm Velin Arches Paper

 

Charles Blackman some history of Exhibitions, Awards, Solo Exhibitions, Collections and Selected Bibliography.

1928 Born Sydney, Australia

1943-46 Studied East Sydney Technical College

1945-60 lived and painted in Melbourne

1950s Painted Schoolgirl series, followed by Alice in Wonderland series

1960-64 Travelled and studied overseas after winning Helena Rubinstein Scholarship

Lived and painted in London, exhibited at Whitechapel and Tate Galleries

1965 Tour of northern France and Flanders

1966-74 lived and painted in Sydney

1975 Occupied Australian studio, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris

1976-2001 Lived and painted in NSW, Queensland, WA.

Currently lives in Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

1953-93 numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, London and Tokyo, including a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria, 1993 – Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls and Angels

Awards

1997 OBE

1963 Georges Invitation Art Prize, Georges Gallery Melbourne (one painting and one drawing)

1960 Helena Rubinstein Scholarship, Melbourne

1960 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

1960 “Wins prize”. A. Shore, the Age (February)

1958 George Crouch Prize, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery

1958 “Rowney prize”, Richmond Gallery Melbourne

Collections

National Gallery of Australia, and all state galleries

Numerous regional galleries and university collections

Selected Bibliography

1993 Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls and Angels, catalogue for retrospective at National Gallery Victoria

1989 Shapcott, T., The Art of Charles Blackman, Andre Deutch, London

1983 Amadio,N., Orpheus the Song of Forever, Craftsman Press, Sydney

1982 Amadio, N., Charles Blackman’s Paris Dreaming, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Sydney

1980 Amadio, N., Charles Blackman: The Lost Domain, A.H. & A.W. Reed. Sydney

1967 Shapcott, T., Focus on Charles Blackman, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane

1965 Mathew, R., Charles Blackman – Monograph, Georgian House, Melbourne

Charles Blackman at Etching House.

Charles Blackman Fine art limited edition Etchings and prints in stock at Etching House.

Charle Blackman at Etching House Weekend Australian Sydney Affordable Art Show.

Charle Blackman at Etching House Weekend Australian Melbourne  Affordable Art Show.

Etching House specialise in Charles Blackman fine art, etchings and prints,
Charles Blackman prints, silkscreen, etching art works at Etching House Melbourne affordable art fair.

Art works by Charles Blackman, hand signed, titled, limited edition fine art etchings, silk screen, digital prints are, A Sydney Childhood,
Afternoon Light,
Age & adolescence,
Aladdin’s Genie,
Alice & March Hare,
Alice suite 70th Birthday Folio,
Alice Through the Looking,
Alice’s Book of Butterflies Screen-print 57 x 45 cm Edition size 75 Year of Print 1991,
Alice’s Cup,
Alice’s Feet Screen-print 50 x 65 cm Edition size 75,
Alice’s Foot,
Alice’s House,
Alice’s Owl – Grey,
Alice’s Owl,
Alice’s,
Alice’s’ Farewell,
Angels Trumpeting,
Arc Etching 12.5 x 17 cm,
Arc,
Atelier Rouge,
Axiom Girl,
Baby & Bathwater,
Bamboo Etching 20 x 25 cm,
Bamboo,
Baz,
Blue Bouquet and Window,
Book of Butterflies,
Boy & Bird,
Boy Bird & Bottlebrush (Green),
Boy Bird & Bottlebrush (Sepia),
Bridge of Irony,
Butterfly (A/P),
Charles Blackman Limited edition fine art Digital ( Giclee) reproduction prints titled
Crusader Etching 12.5 x 17 cm,
Dancer Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Delta Etching 12.5 x 17.5 cm,
Ding Dong Dell,
Dolphin Boy,
Dolphin Girl,
Dream,
Feet beneath the Table,
Feral Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Feral,
Fire Won’t Burn Stick,
Fleur,
Flower Child,
Flower,
Four Schoolgirls
Friends,
Genie,
Girl & Stars,
Girl with Trumpet Lillie’s ‘ 93,
Girl with Yellow Bouquet,
Glass,
Gold Tiger,
Heidi,
Hickory Dickory Dock,
Hockey Girls,
Hunter,
Icarus Etching 17.5 x 12 cm,
Ikebana,
Imaginary Butterfly’s,
Jack & Jill,
Jack & The Giant,
Jacks Beanstalk,
Jealous Alice Butterfly Screen-print 50 x 65 cm Edition size 75 printed 1992,
Kimono,
Knot,
Knot Etching 8.5 x 14.5 cm,
La Coiffure Etching 20 x 15 cm,
La Coiffure,
Leaf Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Leaf,
Life song,
Looking Glass,
Magic Forest,
Marine,
Marine Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Melbourne Cup Bouquet 1989,
Mermaid & Dolphin,
Messenger Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Metamorphosis,
Metamorphosis Blue,
Midsummer Masque,
Mid-Summer Nights Dream,
Mirror Etching 17.5 x 12 cm,
Moon Leaves,
Mother Hubbard’s Dog,
Mozart,
Myth,
Myth Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Mythological Fish,
Night and Day I Etching 30 x 20 cm Edition length 90 – Printed in 2001,
Night and Day II Etching 30 x 20 cm Edition size 90 printed in 2001,
Night and Day III Etching 30 x 20 cm Edition size 90 printed in 2001,
Night Cat,
Nightfall,
Nude & Flower Etching 15 x 10 cm Edition size 75,
Nude,
Orpheus – Metamorphosis Lithograph 57 x 38.5 cm Edition length 30 printed 1983,
Orpheus – Myth Lithograph 29 x 25 cm Edition length 30 Print in 1983,
Orpheus – Naturalist Lithograph 56.5 x 38 cm Edition length 30 printed 1983,
Orpheus – The Mirror Lithograph 34 x 25 cm Edition length 30 Year Printed 1983,
Orpheus,
Paddington Charades,
Prone Schoolgirl,
Puck Begone,
Remembrance,
Remembrance Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Rouge Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Running Home,
Sail song 2000,
Schoolgirls in Laneway,
Self Portrait with 3 Sisters,
Shadow,
Shadows Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Silver Point,
Silverpoint Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Skipping Girl,
Skipping Girls,
So Many Children,
Song Garden,
Song, Spellbound,
Spellbound-Black,
Starlight Etching 12 x 17.5 cm,
Stick won’t beat dog,
Street Games Screen-print 19 x 24 cm Limited Edition of 20 – Year Printed 1994,
Summer haze,
Sydney Harbour Dolphin,
Tantric Alice,
Teapot Butterfly Screen-print 34 x 51 cm Edition size 75 Year of Print 1991,
The Angelus,
The Child’s Room,
The Conversation Etching 29.5 x 29.5 cm,
The Conversation,
The Daisy Bush,
The Evening Primrose Screen-print 25 x 31 cm Edition of 75 – Year of Print 1984,
The Fall,
The Flute Player,
The Girl With Dark Plaits,
The Immigrants,
The Journey I,
The Journey II,
The Journey,
The Kiss,
The meeting,
The Mirror (Reflection),
The Offering,
The Painter’s Studio II Etching – hard ground etching 30 x 30 cm Edition size of 46,
The Painters Studio,
The Singer,
The Skaters Waltz Blue,
The Skaters Waltz Green,
Three Butterflies,
Tiger – Tiger,
Tiger Blue,
Time song,
Titania & Bottom (pink) Etching 15 x 20 cm,
Titania & Bottom,
Titania and Bottom II (Blue) Etching 19.5 x 14.5 cm Edition of 20 – Year Printed – 1994,
Titania As Bride,
Titania’s Love,
To Fetch a Pail Trumpeters,
Top Cat Etching 22.5 x 29.5 cm,
Tropical Etching 24 x 24 cm Edition 25 – Year of Print 1994,
Tuscan Sonnet,
Two Angels I,
Two Angels II,
Two Angels,
Unicorn & Magic Garden,
Visage Etching 15 x 10 cm Edition 75 printed in 1989,
Within Without,  Charles Blackman
Four Schoolgirls 1960
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66.5 x 100 cm. image size
77.5 x 110 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Blue Bouquet and Window 1973
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 91 cm. image size
77 x 101 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Afternoon Light 1960
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 86 cm. image size
77 x 96 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Feet Beneath the Table
(from the Alice series) 1956
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 76 cm. image size
77 x 86 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Prone Schoolgirl 1953
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 77 cm. image size
77 x 87 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
The Meeting 1961
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
65.5 x 67 cm. image size
76.5 x 77 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
The Angelus 1979
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 84 cm. image size
77 x 94 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Schoolgirls in Laneway 1953
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
66 x 53,5 cm. image size
77 x 63.5 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Skipping Girl 1954
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
89 x 67 cm. image size
100 x 77 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Girl with Yellow Bouquet 1959
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
89 x 67.5 cm. image size
100 x 77.5 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left,
Charles Blackman
Skipping Girls 1954
limited edition archival pigment print on arches paper
89 x 67 cm. image size
100 x 77 cm. paper size
signed lower right
numbered lower left from the edition of 125
with the embossed seal of the artist lower left, a large range of Blackman fine art reproduction giclee archival prints hand signed are available at Etching House,Lay Buy welcome.