Charles Weed (American, 1970 - ?) Charles Weed, American, and Louise Fenne, Danish, are two of the most well established mid-career painters of the classical realism genre. Together, they present an extraordinary show comprised of figurative works and landscapes. Residing together in Denmark, these works were produced over the past couple of years and carefully edited by the painters and gallery curators before exhibition. Portrait of Girl with Dove by Charles Weed As a result of his work as a student and his studies throughout England and Italy, Charles Weed was awarded a teaching position at the Florence Academy of Art early on in his career. Since then, his work has become widely sought after by his colleagues and mentors alike, which is quite telling of his talent and expertise.
While he may be best known for his landscapes and pastoral scenes, the two noted portraiture pieces of this body of work include Portrait of Girl with a Dove and Girl with Pomegranates. Full of texture, these large scale oil on canvas paintings are captivating due to their subject matter and composition. The luminous skin tones of the women along with the impeccable detail of their hands create two compositions of very intriguing women. Among the landscapes include Morning Landscape and several works portraying ash, beech, and oak trees by the river.
His palette is subtle, yet rich, and the power of natural light is played out in every piece. Among all of his works, there are no studies, only fully developed landscape paintings. Mid Winter by Louise Fenne Louise Fenne’s body of work presented for this exhibition is comprised mainly of female portraits which enlightens the viewers, exposing them to a world that is not like their own. At only 38, having studied at a private studio in Aix-en-Provence, France and The Florence Academy of Art, she is painting with old master techniques rarely seen in present times. Among the key pieces are Woman with a Japanese Rice Pot, Mid Winter, and End of Summer. All of the works create a quiet, distant moment, but each features a place and time dramatically different from the next.
Painted with the technique of impasto, in which the paint is laid on the surface of the canvas very thickly, enough so that the brush or painting knife strokes are visible, the paintings are highly textured as a result. Featuring fur clothing and ornate headdresses, these details are as unique as the color tones and complexion of the individuals themselves. Like Weed, Fenne is a mid-career painter well accomplished and avidly collected by her peers and mentors.