The Colyton Art Show Patron Charlie O’Sullivan

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Charlie O’Sullivan was born in Glasgow and spent her formative years both there and in Blackpool. She studied art at Bradford College of Art. Her early career included design work for the BBC and Channel 4, but providing art therapy for disadvantaged patients in hospitals such as Hackney, where she was the artist in residence, proved more fulfilling. These experiences added to her store of memories and incidents which were to form a major component in her work when she moved to Devon with her husband and family.

Charlie has developed three distinctive styles – narrative, abstract and landscape – all overlapping with her unique imprint. Her work is a joyous fusion of colour and structure. She delights in experimenting with paint and working on different surfaces such as wood, canvas and, more recently, aluminium.

She was discovered by the distinguished artist, Michael Morgan in 2009. Since then she has established herself as possibly the most significant artist to emerge from the South West in recent years. Her work rapidly sells out in London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her home gallery is Steam Gallery in Beer.

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