Charlie Spear

Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media’s

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I am an artist, sculptor, printmaker who loves to look at the edge of life…my work is quirky bordering on satire, full of humor and color to make it unforgettable. My work is about my life and everyone’s life. I am influenced by Philip Guston, Red Grooms and Ben Shan. My goal is to show my work around the world to share our commonalities. If you look at my work there is much more under the surface than a casual glance will reveal…stay with it to see the underlying truths.

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BA Art Education, Purdue University 1970; MFA Painting, Purdue University 1974


Ox-Bow Artist residency 2007 July-Aug



Eli Lilly Creative Teacher Fellowship 1990,2001



  • A collection of works by Charlie Spear and music put together by an artist video producer


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