The Website of Artist Charles McGill
McGill’s work can be related back “to the anthropomorphism of Jeff Koons’ vacuum cleaner sculptures, and the butch primitivism of artists like Nancy Grossman and Jean-Michel Basquiat. And their strange kinship with African art is self-evident. But as simple objects, McGill’s constructions are like superheroes — mysterious, tightly garbed, exciting.”- Walter Robinson, ARTNET Magazine review of ‘TRAPPED’ at The Phatory, NYC – June 2012
Trained formally as a painter, 2014 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant recipient, Charles McGill has evolved into a multi-disciplinary artist. The majority of his work over the past 15 years falls under the auspices of the artist refers to as The Artifacts from the Former Black Militant Golf and Country Club, a conceptually-based body of work that incorporates golf objects, most golf bags, into statements that explore race, politics, sex and class. In this work he incorporates found object, graphic design, performance, essay, photography, appropriation, digital arts and collage into creating an array of golf and race-related objects infused with satire and socio-political digs. The current body of work, SKINNED, grew directly from his intensive study with appropriation of this object and his ever-present desire to work with the human figure.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1999 at the Barbara Ann Levy Gallery in New York City, his work has been exhibited at The Bridge Art Fair in Miami, Art Viceroy Miami, The Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, CT, RRC, The 2008 and 2012 Westchester Biennial and various other exhibition venues including his 2010 solo exhibitions “BAGGAGE” at Russell Projects in Richmond, Va., TRAPPED at The Phatory in NYC and most recently “SHAMAN” at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in NYC where he is represented. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, The Village Voice, Artnet Magazine, The International Review of African-American Art, The Brooklyn Rail as well as many independent blogs. In 2007 he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant and in 2009 was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He was a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010 and was once again nominated in 2011.
Charles received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an AFA from Keystone Junior College in La, Plume, PA. He is also a former attendee of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.
In 2005 thirty of his drawings illustrated the book, The Six-Spoke Approach to Golf, published by Lyons Press.
He is currently represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City and the Page Bond Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. He is an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. Charles lives and works out of Peekskill, N.Y.