Charles Gaines is a contemporary mixed media artist. Gaines is renown for his trees painted on plexiglass. Many works by the artist are created with the idea of grid.
Charles Gaines was born in Charleston, South Carolina in the year 1944. The artist earned a B.F.A. from Jersey City College located in New Jersey.
Gaines went on to become the first African-American to earn a M.F.A. from the School of Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The artist creates works on drawings on plexiglass, photographs, and video installations.
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Below the artist talks about a work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art:
Gaines was a professor at California State University at Fresno for more than two decades.
The artist is based out of Los Angeles, California.
Some themes explored by Gaines include sound, trees, stars, and crime.
The artist has participated in the Venice and Whitney Biennials.
Gaines has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and also a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Works by the artist are held in the permanent collection of the Minnesota Institute of Art in Minneapolis.
Charles Gaines has developed a great individual style of creating work with the grid. I enjoy the fact many of these works are done using plexiglass for the painting surface. This allows the artist to be very creative in how he layers paint. One can paint a tree on either side of the glass and achieve a great feeling of depth.
I also enjoy his series that explored explosions. These works have a great abstract quality about them. Examples are the first two images in the gallery.