Irreverent, brave, self-assured but then … he is also kind, understanding, a good listener and can be bloody funny; he also has a curious desire to get naked at the sight of anything he can swim in!
A Swiss Bath
I have not seen Charlie in many years but have followed his artistic career and watched it grow, morph, grow and then morph and so on.
Collectors of interest include ; Whoopi Goldberg, Roger Waters, Richard Curtis, The Murdoch Freuds, Tim Bevan, M.Night Shyamalan, Bear Grylls, Howard Goodall, Harry Enfield and Sting.
He is in discussion with a curator from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York about a bronze cast of the Prodigal Son, but this is still in the early stages.
The man is, though, so much more than his art.
As his website explains: He co-runs Mama Buci which is a social enterprise in the Zambian copperbelt. 7000 families are given beehives and training to be beekeepers. The honey is then bought from them and sold in the UK. They are now harvesting 250 tons of ethical organic raw honey a year. This provides an income for thousands of families.
The Prodigal Son, Bronze, London
The Prodigal Daughter which is represented at many women’s refuges
Charlie is an atheist turned evangelist. He speaks to an audience as if you are in an intimate setting and it is just the two of you and, as he would put it, the promise of a loving Daddy, wanting to share your life as any doting father would.
I knew Charlie quite well when he was doing his series depicting the experiences and atmosphere he was so enamoured with in New Orleans. He faced some seriously painful stages as he felt he had to repetitively unlearn and then learn again; it was this process which gives the great depth which is a signature of his art.
This depth of feeling and passion he manages to exude are done scant justice on a computer screen.
I encourage you to meander through the archives of his work and see some of the richness of the man as well as his art.
Pianist and Angel
Charlie Mackesy at work
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