B e v e r l e y C h a r k e r
I came to watercolour after earlier work with oils and acrylics but was captivated by the spontaneity of watercolour and the fluid effects that can be obtained with one wash over, or alongside, another to bring up the subtleties of colour. I paint landscapes, still lifes or abstract subjects and find that I am influenced by the old masters, such as Cézanne, Monet and Matisse. I am attracted to the Australian bush, particularly the Central West and Millthorpe, where I have had many painting trips.
In 1965, Beverley Charker relocated from Sydney to Bathurst, where she lived with her husband and three daughters for five years. During this period, she studied art under Latvian-born Eugenie Solanovs, who inspired her with an appreciation for Cézanne, the Impressionists and the Fauves. She joined the Bathurst Society of Music and Arts, later holding the position of Secretary of the Art Group. Upon returning to Sydney in 1970, she completed the Art Certificate and Post Certificate courses at St George and Gymea Colleges of TAFE. Her interest in watercolour developed when she studied the medium under Arthur McNeil and, later, Frederic Bates OAM.
Charker has won many awards through competitions over the years, including the Wilson Stinson Art Prize at the Bathurst Carillon City Festival in 1968, and is a regular exhibitor at the Delmar Gallery, Sydney. She has exhibited with the Australian Watercolour Institute at Newcastle Region Art Gallery (1991); in the first Bienial Internacional de Acuarela at the Museo Nacional de Acuarela Alfredo Guati Rojo, Mexico City (1994); in Hong Kong (1996); in Wattle, Rose and Thistle: the Finest Watercolourists of Australia, England at Scotland at Wollongong Art Gallery and Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney (2010-2011) and in Tradition and Transformation: Taiwan-Australia Watercolour Exhibition in Taichung City, Taiwan, and Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (2012-2013).
Her work is represented in the collections of the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Western Sydney and in numerous private collections.
Beverley Charker has been a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute since 1989 and is also a member of St. George Art Society and Oatley 101 Society of Artists.