For the past twenty years, Charles Ford (b.1948) has divided his time between
Sweden and the United States, finding within each a multitude of reasons to call either
His fascination with the “Land of the Midnight sun” began in May of 1995 after
meeting members of the Swedish theatrical troupe, Teater Albatross, who where
performing at the Theater Project in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Charles was invited to tour and perform with the troupe on several engagements
during Teater Albatross’ U.S tour. He subsequently traveled to Sweden for the first
time in July of 1995 to continue collaborating with the theatre company.
Charles has returned to Sweden every year since. During his many visits he has
exhibited and created an impressive body of work. The Swedish collection (1995-
2015) which contains over 438 paintings, are known for the astonishing use of line,
color, form and composition. In each of his paintings Charles captures a feeling of
expression at that moment, which usually conveys peace, harmony and beauty. At
times they can be ambiguous to the eye of the beholder, but the paintings are always
Charles’ voluptuous figures are relaxed and the wild curves of their bodies emerge
from the childish scribble, or the “Innocent Eye”, which Charles uses to begin every
work. The “Innocent Eye” technique is based on a 19th century aesthetic worldview
proposed by the renowned art critic John Rushkin. It demands that all art be created
from a child’s perspective – a notion that was recently shown by scholar Jonathan
Fineburg to be the basis of 20th century art. The results are stunning.
At this time Gallery & More is proud to present a small taste from Charles’
magnificent Swedish collection.
Selected Solo Exhibitions