The Paintings of Charles Alexander Moffat
Charles Alexander Moffat is a Canadian artist, author, poet, archery instructor and website designer. When promoting his books he uses the name "Charles Moffat" and when promoting his paintings he prefers to use "Charles Alexander Moffat" in an effort to differentiate the two separate careers. Although they do crossover to some extent since Moffat likes to create his own book covers and illustrations.
Moffat has been painting since childhood, but only began to take it seriously during the 1990s. In his childhood he didn't even like painting because of the poor quality paints and brushes available in schools. Thus his focus was more on drawing and challenging himself to make things look real.
At the age of 10 he drew a portrait of his classmate Aubin Ross for a school project, a surprisingly realistic image which surprised even himself. As years went by he continued to draw portraits, developing a knack for facial proportions and skin/hair tones. Moffat began experimenting with painting portraits during 1998, thus his early works show a marked increase in skill as the years went by.
By 1999 Moffat was taking portrait painting so seriously he began attending York University's Bachelor of Fine Arts program, where he studied painting, sculpture, photography, mural painting, video art, lithography, time-based art and installation art. When he graduated with a Honours BFA in 2003 he had a set record for being the student with the most studio credits.
Since then Moffat has traveled overseas, shown his artwork in numerous magazines, three documentaries and a slew of art galleries. However Moffat's focus has not been on showing on art galleries. Instead he has followed a two-prong approach of showing occasionally in art galleries, but focusing instead on online popularity and representation in the mass media.
Simultaneously Moffat's goals have not been sales. Indeed, he usually prefers not to sell his paintings unless its to an art gallery or to someone who will showcase the artwork in a place where people can enjoy them. Its important to him that his artwork doesn't collect dust in someone's private collection but can be enjoyed by the populace.
Part of this hinges on Moffat's interest in making controversial artwork, promoting his heartfelt beliefs with respect to censorship, feminism, gender issues, gothic culture, religion, scientific research, sexuality and war/pacifism. His more well-known paintings like United States Censorship are only available for sale to publicly owned art galleries. Moffat's more famous paintings are taught in university courses in Canada, the United States, Britain and Brazil.
Shows and Exhibitions
"I don't make art to fit the tastes of specific people. I make art to fit my own tastes. The worst part of that is when I am making something and it isn't up to my personal standard." - Charles Moffat.