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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
May 8 - June 1, 2007
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
presents:
Tanglewood and Other Paintings
By Charlie Pi


Tanglewood by Charlie Pi
Oil on oval-ended wooden panel with attached light sconces.
Dimensions 130 x 96 cms (51" x 38")

On-Line Gallery Available

Between the ages of twelve and fourteen Charlie played truant from school on an almost continuous basis. He wandered the woods, hiding and seeking. He didn’t know what he was seeking, but these pictures are probably nearest to the fantasies in his teenage mind.

Luscious men served-up on a bed of wildflowers.

Charlie paints iconic male images in rich oils on everyday objects such as table tops and chopping boards. The use of these wooden objects gives his work an added edge. Originally lovingly crafted for use in the home, Charlie transforms them into baroque altar pieces or shrines to male beauty. More usual in religious paintings or images of royalty, the baroque style adds a spiritual content above and beyond the homoerotic. (It is perhaps appropriate that these recipes for masculine beauty should be served up on table tops. What could be better hanging over your dining table?)

Charlie has always included elements of myth and fairy tales in his work and these figures could be knights lost in the woods or even the sleeping beauty himself. The plants Charlie has chosen are themselves full of symbolism as their names suggest: bindweed, cuckoo-pint, mistletoe, nightshade, morning glory and ivy-leaved toadflax.

Paintings on wood from an earlier series called Rising Son are also included in the exhibition.

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