Charles Ford
Sömnad Gallry and More Sweden 2019



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

  • Galleri Sandberg, Göteborg, 2014
  • Galleri Cosmopolitan, Göteborg, 2010
  • Näs Fabriker, Alingsås, 2008
  • Exhibition 10 at the Woo, Göteborg, 2006
  • Sub-Basement Artist Studios, Baltimore, 2005
  • Galler Puckeln, Stockholm, 2002
  • The Art Factory, Göteborg, 2001
  • Galleri Tovianni, Helsingborg, 2001
  • Galleri Lagerwall Lagerwall, Göteborg, 2000
  • Galleri i Villa Marled, Marstrand, 1999
  • The Bemis Building, Seattle, 1997
  • H.J. Williams Gallery, Baltimore, 1992

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