until 16 October 2021
Charlotte Snook is a British figurative painter who uses her knowledge of art history and a contemporary understanding of human nature together with a free-roaming imagination to make images in jewel-like oils which can be as edgy as they are exquisite. She is among a group of artists who are unafraid of referencing, and in some cases quoting iconic historical art. Her art allows for the apocalyptic nature of the world. She takes Poussin, Rubens, Claude and often fairly obscure Baroque painters as her starting points but Tiepolo has been an enduring favourite. Charlotte says “When I came to St Leonards after a couple of years living in a deep valley in Southern France I was entranced by the big skies and exquisite cloud formations here and they reminded me of Tiepolo skies”.
Charlotte studied painting at Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. In her academic career she has taught at art schools and universities throughout England and from 2001–9 was Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication (Foundation) at Central Saint Martins. She has exhibited widely and her work is in private collections in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States. Charlotte lives and works in St Leonards on Sea.