Graham Charlton Artist
Graham Charlton began painting in the late1970's after being advised at a Behavioural Science Seminar to take up a hobby to reduce work related stress. Early in his art career he decided to concentrate on painting in oil because of the challenge it presented. Graham is a self taught artist and now paints Traditional Australian Landscapes, Seascapes, Aviation and Marine Paintings, Still Life, Portraits and some Abstract works.
Graham was born in Canberra in 1940, and as a fourth generation of his family in the area, expresses his keen love of the region, which is evident in the characteristic style of his paintings.
He is best known for his paintings of the mountainous high country where he depicts mountain ranges, valleys and rivers, with a feeling of depth and perspective, capturing the subtle colours and atmosphere of this unique area. Graham spent many years travelling to the Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps in his quest to capture the rugged beauty of the place, whilst at the same time encompassing his obvious desire to paint it as it is. The 'hallmark' of his paintings is that he is able to capture the spectacular Australian light.
Graham is a past president of the Artist's Society of Canberra and a past Vice President of the Queanbeyan Artists' Society. He has been commissioned on many occasions for presentation works and has won many awards. He is represented in private collections throughout Australia and overseas in the USA, Canada, Europe, England and New Zealand.
In Dec 1998, he opened the "Graham Charlton Studio Gallery ' at Gold Creek Square in Canberra. The Gallery, which closed on 30 June 2008 after nearly ten years of operation was well received by local, interstate and international collectors.
During his painting career he has held eighteen one-man sell out exhibitions.