Charlie Docherty: - Reflections on World Cultures 1964 - 1976
Untitled, Nebraska and New Mexico, 2010-2020, gouache on paper, 8.5 x 8.5 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Coastal Marin Artists Gallery

Charlie Docherty:

Reflections on World Cultures 1964 - 1976

January 23 - March 28, 2021


Curated by Elia Haworth

Charlie Docherty’s colorful and detailed paintings capture diverse cultures he experienced during twelve years of living and traveling in more than 100 nations. He was just 21 in 1964 when he left Glasgow School of Art and his native Scotland to begin global adventures that would take him through Australia, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, and Africa. During the recent decade, Docherty revisited his travel diaries–filled with copious descriptions, photographs, and sketches of the local traditions, art, architecture, costume, or symbolism that surrounded him–to create a series of small paintings that richly illustrate cultural icons and his memories. Many include himself as a young man or his daughter Candra, who spent her first seven years of life traveling with her parents. Charlie Docherty eventually settled in Bolinas, in 1978, where he lives today with his second wife, Patrice. In addition to being an artist, he is also a well known musician and an engaged member of the community.