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Charles Searles
"Red Tail" Abstract, Painted Paper Under Plexiglass, Bright Colors, Signed

1992

$5,900

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"Red Tail" though an abstract, is named to suggest a living thing with a tail and the juxtapositions of the paper further suggest a bird perched on a tree branch. Nonetheless, the anthropomorphic application of this piece is unnecessary for the appreciation of the viewer. The colors are bright and lively and the shapes are energetic. Born in Philadelphia, and living in New York from 1978 on, Charles Searles received his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and his art education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with honors. He has traveled and exhibited in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Searles has been on many public art panels, taught art workshops, and at Pratt Institute. Other teaching experiences include Jersey City State College, Bloomfield College, and the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, where he taught for nineteen years. Searles completed seven public commissions along an additional eight commission for Long Island Rail Road in New York. In 1990 Searle stated: "My works are primarily boldly painted wood sculptures which are free-standing or hang on a wall. I use flat planes as well as curved surfaces and, although the forms are constantly changing, some things are often used such as ovular holes in the sculpture (which, for me, suggest eyes.) The pieces have been said to convey masks, dancers, music, or rhythms. They also have a strong cultural identity that has been called African, Asian, Native American, Caribbean, and more. Therefore, I entitled the four sculptures at the Dempsey Center ‘Cultural Harmony’." Searles is represented in many museum and corporate collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Montclair Museum of Art, New Jersey; Dallas Museum of Art; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, Philadelphia; Howard University, Washington, DC; ARCO Chemical, AT&T and First Pennsylvania Bank. This piece is encased in a Plexiglass protective box. The sculptural piece alone measures 17" h x 16" w.

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