CHARLES DWYER

CHARLES DWYER Born in 1961 in West Bend, WI, Charles Dwyer graduated 
Valedictorian from the Milwaukee School of Art and Design in 1984.
 He enjoyed early recognition when the West Bend Art Museum
 exhibited his work in 1985. This success led to further exposure and
 exploration. Soon his creative passion led him to Europe where he
 was influenced by Egon Schiele, an Austrian painter and a teacher of
 Gustave Klimt, and by Sonia Delaunay, a French painter whose 
palette affects art and design to this day. Other influences from this journey included Alexei Jawlensky, a German expressionist from the Der Blaue Reiter group, which included Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and August Macke, and Matisse. It was during this trip that Dwyer developed his fascination for the Expressionist movement, the decorative arts, and restoration - all elements which were to be influential in the development of his won unique vision.

Mixing a strong abstract and design foundation with minutely and sensitively observed figure studies, Dwyer is able to create stylistically unique pieces. Typically, to arrive at his finished works, Dwyer positions his model within a complete tableau, which includes costume design, make up, backdrops, and props. He then captures the image using a camera with a 6” x 7” or 4” x 5” frame. This is the starting point for an individual and idiosyncratic exploration of the image in which color, pattern, and art historical and pop culture references are combined with Dwyer’s exquisite drawing skills. In the end, Dwyer’s women are beautiful, enigmatic, colorful, reflective, inviting, dazzling, but always just beyond reach.

With his first one-man show, Dwyer achieved immediate success. This was followed by further success throughout Chicago and New York. He soon developed an enthusiastic following throughout North America where his work is avidly collected. During this time, as well as working on his own creative vision, Dwyer has used his skills to restore landmark historical locations, from a dome in the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Indiana to the murals of the Waldorf Astoria, NYC. In a symbiotic relationship, Dwyer has taken the skills learned from this experience and applied them to what has been his signature portraiture work.

CHARLES DWYER
CAMELLIA
Mixed Media on Canvas
40 X 36 in
CHARLES DWYER
MOULIN ROUGE GRAND CVIII
Mixed Media on Paper
24 X 18 in
CHARLES DWYER
MOULIN ROUGE GRAND CV
Mixed Media on Paper
24 X 18 in
CHARLES DWYER
MOULIN ROUGE GRAND CIII
Mixed Media on Paper
24 X 18 in
CHARLES DWYER
MOULIN ROUGE GRAND CI
Mixed Media on Paper
24 X 18 in
CHARLES DWYER
GLORIA
Mixed Media on Canvas
50 X 40.25 in
CHARLES DWYER
GRACE
Mixed Media on Canvas
78 X 60 in
CHARLES DWYER
HELENA
Mixed Media on Canvas
54 X 44 in
CHARLES DWYER
VIOLET
Oil on Canvas
49.75 X 39.75 in
CHARLES DWYER
SPANISH DANCER
Mixed Media on Canvas
54 X 44 in
CHARLES DWYER
LA NUIT BLANCHE
Oil on Canvas
60 X 46 in
CHARLES DWYER
CIRQUE
Hand Embellished Giclee
42 X 32 in
CHARLES DWYER
DANEAL - CIRQUE
Limited Edition Photograph
28.375 X 22.875 in
CHARLES DWYER
SACRIFICE
Hand Embellished Giclee
29 X 21 in
CHARLES DWYER
DANEAL
Limited Edition Photograph
42 X 33 in
CHARLES DWYER
CHRISTINA
Limited Edition Photograph
33.5 X 42 in
CHARLES DWYER
AFTER THE DANCE
Hand Embellished Giclee
43 X 32 in