Charlie Pickard

Biography and work of Charlie Pickard

Born and raised in London, Charlie Pickard, now 25, began creating artwork from a young age. Straight out of school and wanting to hone his craft, Charlie sought out LARA, the best school in the UK teaching traditional methods of oil painting. He was accepted into LARA in 2012, aged 18. Driven by his desire to push his skills to the highest levels, Charlie studied at LARA for the next 4 years. Since then, Charlie has continued to work primarily in London and has exhibited in many exhibitions and collections domestically and internationally in countries including Canada, Australia and Spain. Whilst working professionally as an artist, Charlie has continued his pursuit of education, regularly seeking to broaden his horizons and sharpen his skills by travelling the world studying with some of the best living figurative artists.

Charlie works primarily from life in oil using a ‘direct’ or ‘alla prima’ painting style. He believes this manner, where paint is mixed at the correct colour and laid down without later correction, allows for the most direct connection with his subject matter. Working in this strict way forces Charlie to simplify his subject, distilling down its essence and creating a more potent expression. Charlie believes it is the work of the artist to heighten the subject of the work, to pull out what is most compelling and make it more clear to the viewer. Working this way allows the artwork to tell a story about his response to this subject. For Charlie, in doing so, every stroke should say something and what is best said in one brush stroke, should not be said in two.

Excellent – inspiring, educational and very approachable and encouraging.” Felicity Starr

Charlie is a very knowledgeable tutor. He has a well structured course format and is able to conduct the course according to individual abilities of the participants.” Katrina Rembiasz

"Art making is fundamentally a creative endeavour. We must not forget this as we embark on our academic training. Every method learnt must be valued not only on how accurate an effect can be obtained but also on how much freedom it allows"