Thursday 20 April 2023

Pagan Eye: Renate von Charlottenburg's Magical Art

Here's a photo of artist Renate von Charlottenburg at the Atlantis Bookshop in London during the launch party for her exhibition: Visualisations: Magical Drawings. I was delighted to be invited to the preview evening to see the art and meet the artist as well as catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Renate's pictures are delightful. They show images inspired by fairy tales as well as the world around us. This is what it says on the Atlantis website:

"For her, drawing is not an end in itself; rather, it is the artistic opportunity to fathom, experience, and make visible the being and essence of things behind the outward appearance... Through Renate von Charlottenburg’s metacultural, meta-religious and cosmopolitan approach and perspective, her drawings are able to not only lay bare the roots of Western European culture and attitudes but also to furnish insight into the foundations of other world views, such as that of East Asia. The delicate, classical and familiar storytelling style of the artist’s pictures makes it easy for viewers to engage with them and immerse themselves."

Renate von Charlottenburg is a German artist who has been drawing since she was a child. I chatted to her at the event and it emerged that we share a love of cats. Her own feline friends appear in many of her pictures. The exhibition, Visualisations: The Magical Drawings of Renate von Charlottenburg, is in the Gardner Room,  downstairs at the Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY. It's open daily, Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, until 5 May.

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