Charlie Davies solo exhibition at Cornerstone

As some of you may know I had a soft spot for Didcot Power Station. So much so, that I have a power station print at home by local artist, Charlie Davies. When I saw she had an exhibition at Cornerstone I decided to pop along.

The exhibition is named The Indecisive Artist, to reflect Charlie’s multiple loves of painting, printmaking and silversmithing. As I have little artistic flair I’m awed that Charlie has three specialisms.

There are more than 100 artworks from throughout Charlie’s life, including her first ever painting. Framed and not for sale, presumably kept by a proud parent!

Charlie’s first painting
Charlie’s first painting

Paintings

I’m glad to say my favourite power station paintings were there. In 2011 Charlie won the People’s Choice Award for her painting of the power station towers. The original, on loan from Didcot Town Council,  is displayed in the exhibition.

One of my local favourite spots is Wittenham Clumps. In 2016 Charlie decided to paint a picture every month of the Clumps from Cholsey Hill. Some of the paintings are of the Clumps, in lovely bright colours.

Didcot Power Station and Wittenham Clumps
Didcot Power Station and Wittenham Clumps

Aside from local views, other painting subjects include Venice, Blenheim Palace, London and Glastonbury. There are also seascapes from Devon and Cornwall and a food picture for every day of Lent.

Printmaking

While the paintings take up the lion’s share of the wall space, Charlie’s etchings and silver jewellery are also displayed.

Charlie developed her printmaking skills with Oxford Printmakers. The exhibition includes a number of etchings, many of seed heads and flowers.

Etching by Charlie Davies
Etching by Charlie Davies

Silversmithing

I don’t wear much jewellery but I loved Charlie’s silver necklaces and earrings. Many are simple nature based designs, with subjects such as shells, dandelions and sea urchins.

Jewellery by Charlie Davies
Jewellery by Charlie Davies

Some of the original paintings and etchings are for sale, along with a variety of prints. The jewellery is for sale too; necklaces are well priced, mostly between £30-£60.

Charlie Davies exhibition, Cornerstone
Charlie Davies exhibition, Cornerstone

More info

The exhibition runs until Sunday 29 September at Cornerstone Arts Centre In Didcot (closed Mondays). Alternatively head over to Charlie’s website for more information about her artworks.

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