Biography , Her Work and Exhibitions
Charlotte Balfour is an experienced landscape artist who has worked in France, England and now lives and works mainly in Australia. Her speciality is capturing the energy of the landscapes, buildings, and animals that she paints.
Charlotte Balfour was born in Winchester, United Kingdom, and having spent her early years in Oxford, studied Arts at Sussex University. She then taught in London schools and subsequently in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1978 she decided to devote her time exclusively to painting. She did most of her work in England and Europe and had her first solo exhibition in Oxford in 1979.
At the end of 1979 she went to Australia. Since then it has been in Australia, and particularly in the Barossa Valley, that she has found her best inspiration.
Charlotte Balfour works mainly in gouache and occasionally in oils and mixed media. Her work is extremely detailed with great attention to surface texture, foliage and plants, capturing the unique features of the Australian light.
In 1982 Charlotte Balfour was given residential status in Australia because of her ‘outstanding contribution to the Australian art world’ (Pro Hart).
Between 1982 and 2000, she divided her time between England and Australia, with commissions and exhibitions in both countries.
In 1985 she was commissioned by Sydney publishers Kevin Weldon Ltd to do the paintings for a book entitled “South Australia Revisited”.
It was to celebrate 150 years of settlement in South Australia. The publisher expected that she would provide a short history to each building. “As a newcomer to the State” she writes, “I felt overwhelmed by that task. So I needed to find an author. I knew who would be perfect – Colin Thiele. We had never met, but I think he liked the project, so he agreed.”
“It was a huge undertaking. Thirty-two paintings to be completed in a year. I travelled to all corners of South Australia, spending three to four days on each painting, which I would later finish in my studio. Colin’s grasp of the history of South Australia was invaluable.”
At the book launch in November 1985 Colin said “It was a unique experience to see a place emerging on the canvas under the artist’s brush, out of her imagination – to see it materialise through her eyes. Not all books are such pleasurable experiences in the creation, as this has been.” The book sold 10,000 copies in two years.
In 2012 “South Australia Revisited” was republished in a larger format, augmented with more paintings of South Australian buildings and landscapes. This edition is available in Adelaide bookshops.
In 1988 she was commissioned to paint a mural in an Adelaide dining room. The mural, 20 ft by 9 ft, took five months to complete.
Subsequently she continued to paint preparing for exhibitions locally and overseas.
She now lives permanently in the Adelaide Hills and continues to paint, mostly commissioned portraits of houses and / or animals.
• South Australia Revisited, Paintings by Charlotte Balfour and Text by Colin Thiele.
Thirty-two paintings of buildings and scenery of South Australia published to celebrate 150 years of settlement . (Rigby Publications, published 1986).
• South Australia Revisited, re-published in 2012 (Axiom Publishing, South Australia)
• Painting a ‘trompe l’oeil ‘ mural in acrylic – (Australian Artist, February 1989)
• New South Wales Regional Arts Board
• Mortlock Library , South Australia
• Barossa Valley Vintage Festival Collection
• Walkerville Public Library
Twelve paintings of the gardens at Kennerton Green, New South Wales, one for each month of the year.
Hundreds of detailed portraits of houses, gardens and animals in England, France and Australia.
1979 – Eastgate Gallery, Chichester , UK
1979 – Newman Rooms, Oxford, UK
1981 – Greenhill Galleries, Adelaide
1982 – Old Clarendon Gallery, South Australia
1983 – Bethany Gallery, Barossa Valley
1984 – Australian Galleries, Melbourne
1985 – Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
1985 – Bethany Gallery, Barossa Valley
1986 – Kensington Gallery, South Australia
1987 – Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
1988 – Mixed exhibition, Elder Fine Art Gallery, South Australia
1989 – Kensington Gallery, South Australia
1991 – Kensington Gallery, South Australia
1993 – Westgate Library, Oxford
1994 – The Yew Tree Inn, Letcombe Basset, Oxfordshire
1994 – Mixed exhibition, Old Fire Station, Henley
1995 – Eve’s Apple, Barossa Valley
1996 – Vintage Cellars, Belair
1997 – Mixed exhibition, Kensington Gallery, South Australia
1998 – Mixed exhibition, Kensington Gallery, South Australia
2000 – Vintage Cellars, Belair, South Australia
2001 – Craneford Winery, Truro, South Australia
2003 – Kensington Galleries, South Australia·
2004 – Studio exhibition, Belair, South Australia
2005 – Studio exhibition, Belair, South Australia
2006 – Kensington Galleries, South Australia
2009 – SALA exhibition, North Adelaide
2016 – SALA exhibition, Echunga
• New South Wales Regional Arts Board Collection
• Mortlock Library , Adelaide
• Barossa Valley Vintage Festival Collection
• Oxford Art Gallery
• Thurloe Collection , London
• Glen Osmond Primary School , Adelaide
• Walkerville Public Library, South Australia
Commissioning a Portrait of your Home or Pet
My paintings are sharp in line, very detailed and subtly humorous. I try to assemble objects, or materials, which I see about the place to convey something of the spirit of the home or pet.
To enquire about commissioning a portrait Click here. I am happy to discuss with you all aspects of subject matter, format, price and size.
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