Charles Ly: Humans and Hides at Guild Hall


Charles Ly, Wild, 2015. Pen and ink on paper, 36 x 24 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

New work by Charles Ly is on view in the Guild Hall Education Corridor. Selection of paintings and works on paper inspired by design and patterns, including a series of small meticulous, intricately-illustrated narratives and quietly evocative paintings. Large-scale works featuring the fantastical as well as surreal, imaginative compositions focused on natural forms. Ly grew up in East Hampton and studied graphic design and illustration at Laguna College of Art & Design.

On view: September 15 through December 31, 2016 at Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York.

Charles Ly, Hair Study, 2015.

Charles Ly, Hair Study, 2015. Oil and linen on wood, 5 x 7 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

I first came across Charles Ly’s work at Scott Bluedorn’s former Amagansett gallery, Neoteric Fine Art. On display was a series of small paintings, illustrative but also very imaginative. Moreover, they captured an essence of our generation which is hard to put into words; which is in many ways one of the mysterious functions of art, to express that which can’t be said. Fall of 2016 presented an incredible opportunity at Guild Hall to curate what is now dubbed the Education Corridor. A small space within the Museum, but a space nonetheless, the Corridor’s would function as a place to showcase an emerging, local artist in conjunction with a workshop led or taught by said artist; thus connecting the exhibition to the community through Education and enhancing the overall experience. Ly’s work, intimate in scale, works beautifully in the space, and his workshop on Plant Patterns was an enriching and enjoyable one. Each participant collected leaves, flowers, twigs and stems from a nearby field, rendered them in watercolor and colored pencil, and then they were brought in as digital files to create both individual plant patterns as well as this group one show below.

Charles Ly & Plant Patterns Class, Collaborative Digital Assemblage, 2016.

Charles Ly & Plant Patterns Class, Collaborative Digital Assemblage, 2016.


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