Charles Newington is the creator of the great chalk cut White Horse, providing an iconic symbol, visual reference point and sense of place for Folkestone.
Born in Kent in 1950, Charles studied at the Byam Shaw, Camberwell and Central Schools of Art. He has taught and lectured at Central, Winchester, Canterbury, Sunderland and Portsmouth Schools of Art.
His background is as an etcher and printmaker, becoming managing director of the Editions Alecto etching studio, the leading fine art original print publisher in London at the time. Charles initiated Alecto Historical Editions, restoring and printing from antique copperplates for the Tate gallery and the Society of Antiquaries.
He discovered watercolour in Venice with Patrick Procktor and produced a series of large topographical watercolours following his first journey to India in 1979. Since that time Charles has made many extensive working journeys as an artist through Europe, North Africa, India, the Middle and Far East and the Americas.
His first solo London exhibition was in 1989 at the Newburgh Street gallery and he has since exhibited widely and regularly in London, the UK, Europe and America.
In 1992 he visited the caves of Paleolithic man in the Dordogne region of France. This was a source of major influence and the catalyst for a new and visionary direction based upon primal animist imagery, the inspiration for his ‘Beasts’ series and the great ‘White Horse of Folkestone’ hill figure. A retrospective show of his ‘Beasts’ paintings was held in November 2011 at the Space gallery.
Charles illustrated and collaborated with Spike Milligan on ‘A Musical interlude with Mr Edward Lear’ and ‘Frankenstein according to Spike Milligan’; produced artwork for Led Zepellin, the Kinks and ELP and was the Artist Recorder for ARC at the gathering the world’s religious leaders at Windsor Castle in 2009, to save the planet.
Charles Newington’s artwork is held in public and private collections around the world.