About Me

Charlotte Durie (neé Batchelor) grew up in a literary family and was regularly introduced to writers and painters. Attending the life classes of Jan Pienkowski introduced her to the world of life-modelling. She was able to engage first hand in the studios of many great painters and sculptors who made their mark on her determination to be an artist: Franta Belsky, Sandra Fisher, Paul Harbutt, R B Kitaj, Rodrigo Moynihan...to name a few.

Artist's statement

"I paint what I miss, be it the wilds of northern Minnesota or city streets. The urban landscape enthrals me: it seems to mirror the natural world with dizzying edifices dwarfing tiny thoroughfares. My fascination for film noir informs much of my work; how human dramas permeate the streets, shadows accentuating the loneliness of inhabitants - one always wants to know more."

"I love becoming immersed with the creation of each work and feel as though I have lived within them. I use Sennelier pastels, both soft and oil, as I love their high colour pigmentation. I am very tactile with my work; using fingers to blend as well as a variety of tools to give texture and shape. Being able to experiment is essential in keeping my work fresh."

Selected Shows  2014-2019

  • Betsy Bowen Gallery, Grand Marais, MN, USA 2018- 2019
  • Artist exhibitor, Shrewsbury Flower Show, August 2018
  • Kah-nee-tah Gallery, Minnesota, October 2016-October 2018
  • Cross River Heritage Center, Minnesota, October 2016
  • Eternal London living organism group show, Tabernacle, Notting Hill April 2016
  • Cross River Heritage Centre Schroeder, Minnesota July-August 2015
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, The Prize Exhibition, May-June 2015, 2018
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists mixed media open, Feb-March 2015
  • 1 of 101 artworks selected for ANIMAL KINGDOM, an iartbook digital publication,July 2014
  • Chelsea Art Society, Annual Exhibition, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Selected Shows 1987-2009

  • Rolling Horse Revue group show: New Greenham Arts, Newbury December 2008; Jam Factory, Oxford April 2009; Old Firestation, Henley-on-Thames June-July 2009; Exeter Castle August 2009
  • Dulwich Open, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2006
  • Knightsbridge station with Art Below, 2006
  • Glansevern Hall Gallery - joint exhibition -May 2005;
  • Mall Galleries, London, September 2004 and Palace House Newmarket, October 2004 both with Society of Equestrian Artists;
  • Oriel Davies Open 2004, Newtown;
  • Wardour Chapel Appeal Exhibition, Christies, London, 1994;
  • The Welsh Open, Aberystwyth 1992;
  • The Society of Fulham Artists 1987;
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