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Charity McArdle

Charity McArdle
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Charity McArdle trained in London in the early 90s but lost touch with making her own work in the melee of starting a career in teaching, raising a family and moving to Scotland. She rediscovered her practice in 2015 when she decided to have a year of ‘making rubbish’ and focusing on ‘quantity, not quality’. This led to NHS portraits for heroes, the coyly provocative ‘Caledonian Buddha’ and a range of land and seascapes.
Her current work presents sweeping, sumptuously painted suggested landscapes, brooding skies and waiting bodies of waters which invite the viewer to contemplation. Elements of infrastructure and industry creep in, lightly but resolutely present. Her work has a contained tension which belies the sumptuous nature of these oil paintings. There is a brooding anticipation within much of her work and this is echoed in the dissonance between elements of her visual language. Does the landscape protect or threaten? Do the clouds offer hope or impending turmoil? Does the surface texture invite or repel?
The relationship of colour and gesture to the human experience and how this can connect at a deeper, spiritual level is also prominent in Charity’s work.
Shows in 2023
Spring Exhibition, Firefly, Bo’ness
Elements: Made in Stirling, Group Show.
Commissioned by the Royal Highland Show to paint a sheep.
Shows in 2022:
Joint show at The Weigh Ahead, Dunblane.
Aberdeen Artists Society at The City Art Gallery, Aberdeen
FVAB Open Studios
‘Rhapsody in Blue’. Joint show at Whitespace, Edinburgh
‘SPAN’. Joint show at The Life Room, Edinburgh
The MacMillan Art Show in Edinburgh
Maggie’s online and in person auction, Aberdeen
Part of the Christmas show currently on at Firefly, Bo’ness
And Made in Stirling.
This year, Charity’s work has featured in Living Magazine, The Storms Poetry almanac and Biophilia online magazine.
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  • Fearless
  • Oil
Elie Dreaming
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  • Elie Dreaming
  • Oil
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  • Kilchoan
  • Oil
Portrait of a girl
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  • Portrait of a girl
  • Oil
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  • Siblings
  • Oil
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  • Soar
  • Oil
Reclaim the Night
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  • Reclaim the Night
  • Oil
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  • Sydney
  • Oil