Paintscape No.20 Amber
Charles Eckart’s abstract “paintscapes” are built up with thick paint into deeply textured, rough layers of pigment, for a surface that is energetic and organic. Often inspired by nature, he does not record what is literally observed, but creates paintings that equal and reflect the complexity of the natural world. Famed art critic Kenneth Baker wrote “…Eckart’s paintings feel suffused with soul. They read as true reports of the entanglements of decisions, acts and recognitions that compose any one of us.”
Eckart grew up in the staggering beauty of Yosemite Valley where his stepfather was General Manager of Yosemite Park and Curry Company. He trained at University of the Pacific and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Eckart has worked in many mediums and styles, as an etching printmaker, an award winning commercial art director in San Francisco, and a realism watercolorist. His work was represented by legends of the art world, Charles Campbell in San Francisco and Allan Stone in New York. Among his many exhibitions, Eckart was presented in a Focus exhibition at Bolinas Museum. For his retrospective, Triton Museum described him as a key figure in California art for the last four decades. Eckart has been a Point Reyes Station resident since 1985.