Charles Church, is an internationally renowned painter of horses, landscapes and country life.
Born in 1970, he was brought up in Northumberland where he developed a keen eye for the horse from an early age and quickly became recognized as a talented equestrian artist.
In his mid-twenties, he was apprenticed for over two years in Florence, learning to paint by “sight-size”; an understanding of movement adopted by John Singer Sargent and Masters like Sir Joshua Reynolds and Velasquez as far back as the 17th century.
Charles’ work, as a consequence, displays an unrivalled confidence and mastery of draughtsmanship, colour and tone with a lyrical purity of style. Studying his subjects from life, en plein air, his paintings have a great sense of light and natural flow, coupled with a truth and spontaneity.
In his foreword to "Further Afield”, Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, wrote of Charles' “undeniable skill” and a talent which "carries many of the hallmarks of some of the most renowned British painters of the early 20th century.” The show, at Gallery 8 in Duke Street, London, and Charles’ first in eight years, was an instant sell-out.
“Great British”, his previous exhibition in 2005, was also a critically acclaimed sell-out, prompting HRH the Prince of Wales to write of Charles’ “unique sensitivity and profound understanding of his subject matter”.
Amongst other prestigious racing commissions, Charles has painted over thirty-seven Group or Grade 1 winners, including Arc de Triomphe winners Hurricane Run, Dylan Thomas and HH the Aga Khan’s Zarkava; the World Champion Goldikova; US Champion, Mineshaft; the Australian Champion Sire, Fastnet Rock; Grand National Winner Mr Frisk; Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners, Synchronised and Master Oats plus Pour Moi and Authorized, winners of the Epsom Derby.
He lives and works in Dorset.
The Royal Pageant of The Horse for H.M.The Queen
H.M. The Sultan of Oman
H.H. The Aga Khan
The Jockey Club
Wertheimer et Frere
Sheikh Fahad Al Thani
Racing commissions include:
Snow Fairy, Winner of the English and Irish Oaks
Pour Moi, Winner of the Epsom Derby
Look Here, Winner of the Epsom Oaks
Dunaden, Winner of the Melbourne Cup
Lightening Pearl, Champion 2-y-o Filly
Arctic Cosmos, Winner of the St. Leger
Sariska, Winner of the Epsom and Irish Oaks
Da Re Mi, Winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic
Dream Ahead, Champion European Sprinter
Zarkava, Winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Goldikova, Winner of the Breeders Cup Mile
Authorized, Winner of the Epsom Derby
Mr Frisk, Winner of the Grand National
Alderbrook, Winner of the Champion Hurdle
Master Oats, Winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Synchronised, Winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Halfway to Heaven, Winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas
Finsceal Beo, Winner of the English and Irish 1000 Guineas
Light Shift, Winner of the Epsom Oaks
Rags to Riches, Winner of the Belmont Stakes
Peeping Fawn, Winner of the Irish Oaks
George Washington, Winner of the 2000 Guineas
Hurricane Run, Winner of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
Speciosa, Winner of the 1000 Guineas
Divine Proportions, Winner of the Prix de Diane
Fastnet Rock, Coolmore Australia
Encosta de Lago, Coolmore Australia
Mineshaft, U.S. Horse of the Year