"Rapunzel, Rapunzel", Watercolour Pencil on Canvas, 2015, 92 x122cm, Charlie Kirkham.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel…

Every so often it’s good to refer back to fairytale a for a bit of inspiration. I came across this version of Rapunzel  http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Rapu.shtml Rather than following it verbatim I wanted to create a piece that reflected different elements of the story. As a child I always imagined Rapunzel to have black hair, so I have kept her a brunette for this painting.  To give a time lapse feel I connected her hair to her final rescue where her tears restore the Prince’s sight and they have twins. To begin I used quite a range of coloured Watercolour pencils. I…

"The Swineherd's Yellow Fox: Detail", 170x23cm, Acrylic & Ink on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

The Swineherd’s Yellow Fox (detail)

Based entirely on the poem “The Swineherd” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (also used as inspiration here). The detail above shows part of the 170cm long work on paper. I wanted to incorporate a lot of repeating motifs and I liked the idea of the yellow fox literally hiding and reappearing.

"Treeman Holding the Fox", 297x420mm, paint marker, ink and pencil on paper, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

Treeman Holding the Fox

This image was based around the Treemen’s woods idea. Following on from the sketchbook images and pieces that were inspired by the combination of “Who Killed Cock Robin?” and “The Swineherd“. When all this is over, said the swineherd, I mean to retire, where Nobody will have heard about my special skills And conversation is mainly about the weather. I intend to learn how to make coffee, as least as well As the Portuguese lay-sister in the kitchen And polish the brass fenders every day. I want to lie awake at night Listening to cream crawling to the top of…

The 21st Century Minotaur

“The Minotaur makes a Phone Call”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “Minotaurs do the Can Can”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “Lunchbreak (Minotaur)”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “In the Ring with the Minotaur”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “Playing with Minotaurs”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “The Minotaur sits Under a Leafy Tree”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie Kirkham, 2012. “Minotaur studies Descartes”, Ink and watercolour on paper, 6×4 “, Charlie…

Queen Esther Painting

Inspired by the Biblical story of Esther, and the King Ahasveros, the painting will be a depiction of one of the highest drama moments in the story. “Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther clothed herself regally, and she stood in the  inner court of the king’s house, opposite the king’s house, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the royal palace, opposite the entrance of the house. And it came to pass when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she won favor in his eyes, and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter that…