Portraits Inspired by Duality of Personality
Charlotte Shroyer paints intense and expressive images of the human face in the context of the universal human experience and historical events. Her contemporary paintings and monotypes reflect her passion for exploring the mind and soul of humanity.
She states, “I am inspired by the world—its people, archaeology, and cultures. My favorite authors (i.e., Pamuk, Durrell, Pynchon, Vargas Llosa, and others), who explore duality of personality — what the individual shows to the world and what remains hidden to the world — influence what appears on my canvas.”
Charlotte Shroyer, The Crowd, oil on Canvas, 36 “x 18”.
Her style is characterized by sharply contoured and geometric shapes, expressive features and contrasting colors. She explains, “Through painting I tap into and expand the depths of my unconscious and a world unconscious that transcends individual and cultural boundaries. Exploration of color, line and form provide the vehicle with contemporary figurative images (especially the face) incorporated into abstract contexts as the end result. There is no doubt that my work has been influenced by the many years I spent working with learning disabled children and youth as well as deaf children and youth, many of whom had additional disabilities. I am intrigued by the brain’s processing of information—how we perceive, analyze, remember, retrieve, and use information in the world around us.”
Charlotte Shroyer, Wacky Wizards, oil on canvas, 36″ X 18″.
The artist began painting in a university course where she received accolades for her work. However, it took several years for her to pursue art as a full-time passion. She first earned several degrees including a B.A. in French and M. Ed., Ph.D., and took more than 50 university art classes across the United States. It was her serendipitous trip to Taos, New Mexico, where her commitment to painting and printmaking were fully ignited.
Charlotte Shroyer, Des Amis Droles, charcoal and pastel drawing on paper, 9″ x 6″.
Shroyer’s artwork is included in many national and international private collections. They have been exhibited nationally in one-person exhibitions at the corporate headquarters of Penn National Insurance Company, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and in three-person exhibitions in Naples, Florida; New York City; and Lexington, Kentucky, among others. Her monotypes have been exhibited in Hong Kong.
She has received numerous national and international awards The American Juried Art Salon comprised of museum curators and directors named her as one of its Emerging Artists in 2013 and as one of its emerging International Contemporary Artists, 2015. Other awards include Outstanding Award for Recognition of Artistic Value, Bologna, Italy, 2015; Second Place, Graphics, 87th Annual International Juried Competition, Harrisburg, PA, 2015; First Place, Top Ten International Women in the Arts, Rome, Italy; and Awards of Merit from Manhattan Arts International.
Charlotte Shroyer, Somber, Monotype on Paper, 16″ x 6″.
She was also chosen for Richeson contests in portraiture; Honorary Diploma, Berliner Art Prize, Berlin, Germany, 2016;, First place, mixed media, “Figuratively Speaking,” Art Association of Harrisburg, PA, 2017; and First place, “Subjective,” Women’s Caucus for Art, New York City, 2017.
She is represented in Taos by Jackies Trading Post; in Laguna Beach, California, by Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art; in Lisbon, Portugal in their permanent stable of artists by Colorida Gallery.
Banner: Can We Be Friends?, diptych, oil on canvas, 8″ X 16″.
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