Welcome Stuart Coleman Budd!
I am beyond excited to share this amazingly talented, highly sought after, local Charlotte artist with you!
I had the pleasure of meeting with Stuart at his NODA neighborhood studio yesterday as he was gearing up for his next show. His beautiful paintings, all in different stages of completion, invited me in.
Stuart, who began drawing at the youthful age of 6, hasn't stopped since. He studied art in high school under the great Dean Barber, earned a full scholarship to Ohio's Columbus College of Art and Design, a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Fine Arts from University of Charlotte and Chapel Hill, studied at the Boston School of Fine Arts and spent years traveling throughout the US and abroad.
His passion for creative work later led him to making and finishing furniture which introduced him to working with paints, glazes, shellacs and other finishing materials. Soon Stuart was experimenting with these materials in his art, testing daring techniques (including lighting freshly applied shellac on fire!), to create an original, textural and multilayered affect. And although almost all of his artwork now are paintings, he still prefers to work on paper to incorporate his first love of hand drawing.
Inspired by nature and driven to portray a feeling rather than replicating a look, Stuart paints from memory rather than photographs and works within a limited color palette. The result is a dream-like quality that is both subtle and timeless. "One of the best compliments I ever received", says Stuart, "was 'I can see the air in it.' " which eloquently describes the atmospheric essense instilled in every piece.
Regarding all those paintings he has going at once, he explains and shares this advice, "Never work on one painting at a time, you got to be able to take risks, you got to be able to take a sledge hammer to it, working with only one creation is too much pressure. The best paintings I ever do, I destroy them, and they end up being my best work."
After meeting Stuart, I can see his easy going and friendly manner reflected in his peaceful work.
Here's a look at some of his current work...
art 1 size 36"x 50"
art 2 size 36"x 50"
art 3 size 36"x 50"
art 4 size 36"x 50"
art 5 size approx 24"x 36"
art 6 triptych size approx 96" x 120"
art 7 size approx 36" x 96"
art 8 size 8"x 10"
art 9 size 8"x 10"
Stuart Coleman Budd website
As stated in my previous featured artist posts, I've decided to use my blog to introduce you to talented, local, well priced artists in hopes of helping you find something that speaks to you. If you see an artist here that you like, I encourage you to visit their personal website (Stuart's is coming soon) or contact us to see their work in person.
*All images by dl design inc.*
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