June 15, 2024


Art For President

The Artist formerly known as Prince

The Artist formerly known as Prince

There have been a several posts on social media making use of this quip.

However it is really value remembering that King Charles III is an artist who is a eager painter in watercolours and who exhibits his paintings on a common foundation. 

He is also a Patron of drawing, conventional artwork and crafts in distinctive destinations the two in the Uk and overseas.

I bear in mind when Prince Philip died I manufactured reference in Prince Philip (1921-2021) – the painter to his interest in painting.  I guess this interest must have motivated his son. I’m hoping it passes on to far more of his progeny.

Below you can uncover out additional about his pursuits – when Prince of Wales in terms of: 

  • watercolour painter
  • timeline of exhibitions
  • patron of artwork

Watercolour Painter

As a Prince, he painted from childhood. 

On the other hand he did not develop into committed to plein air portray of landscapes and character in watercolour right until the mid 1980s. Just after which he produced paintings of spots he frequented and typically developed about 30 paintings each and every calendar year.

He has, up until finally now, painted less than the title A.G Carrick. The A. G. relates to two of his names ‘Arthur George’ and the Carrick references 1 of his titles ‘Earl of Carrick’ – 1 of the Scottish titles held by the Heir Obvious.  I believe I’m accurate in expressing that he has commonly signed his watercolours AG. 

Nonetheless he’s no more time the Earl of Carrick as that title has now passed to his son! 

I ponder if currently being King may possibly necessarily mean we no longer see his watercolours even if he carries on to paint them.

Timeline of Exhibitions

This is a timeline of some of the solo exhibitions of his do the job

“I took up portray totally because I discovered pictures much less than gratifying. Rather simply just, I knowledgeable an overpowering urge to convey what I observed via the medium of watercolour and to express that just about ‘inner’ sense of texture which is impossible to reach through photography. I incredibly promptly learned how amazingly complicated it is to paint effectively in such a spontaneous medium, and the experience of disappointment at not staying equipped to reach on paper the image that your eye has presented you with is extreme!

“Looking again now at those people initially sketches I did, I am appalled by how lousy they are. But, even so, the wonderful point about portray is that you are generating your possess unique interpretation of regardless of what watch you have selected. Mainly because it obliges you to sit down and make a thorough observation of the chosen topic, you discover so a lot additional about it than by just pointing a camera and arriving at a outcome which is possibly practically identical to someone else’s photograph. As a consequence, you turn into significantly conscious of factors that may have escaped your consideration earlier – matters like the top quality of mild and shade, of tone and texture and of the condition of buildings in relation to the landscape. It all calls for the most intensive concentration and, consequently, is a single of the most comforting and therapeutic exercises I know. In fact, in my situation, I come across it transports me into another dimension which, really virtually, refreshes sections of the soul which other actions simply cannot reach…

I am beneath no illusion that my sketches symbolize wonderful art or a burgeoning talent! They stand for for me, additional than just about anything else, my individual sort of ‘photograph album’ and, as these, imply a fantastic deal to me “

I am positive quite a few of us will recognise these sentiments. I know it can be pretty a lot the way I come to feel about my personal sketches and sketchbooks. They acquire me again to a area much better than any photograph can.

Patron of Arts

I individually imagine he should to be a lot far better regarded for his patronage of artwork.

I nicely keep in mind the exhibition Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace in 2018 to mark his 70th birthday later on that 12 months and his abiding curiosity in the arts and significantly the visual arts.- which I reviewed in Evaluate: Prince & Patron Exhibition at Buckingham Palace. It was a stunning exhibition and shown his vast ranging pursuits in each component of the visible arts – and patronage of some.

The Prince’s Foundation has also been dependable for the generation of:

He is also been incredibly keen on the preservation of classic arts and crafts skills and architecture. This incorporates:

  • a heritage preservation programme 
  • the advancement of Florilegia – a assortment of botanical paintings of vegetation – getting sponsored the development of three -(two volumes of the Highgrove Florilegium and the Transylvania Florilegium)  

I’ve seen it 2 times in latest occasions. After on the significant footstool in front of the hearth in the Drawing Home at Clarence House. Yet again, the the Prince and Patron exhibition (Summer months 2018) at Buckingham Palace to mark the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday.

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King Charles is a Patron of the New English Artwork Club and has often exhibited at their Annual Exhibition. There are typically two of his watercolours at the top of the stairs as you descend into the Once-a-year Exhibition. I’ll be fascinated to see whether or not they show up in this year’s exhibition. They by no means seem in the On-line Exhibition.

I never feel quite a few people today realise very how substantially a supporter of the arts he is.