Charles Wilcox

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Charles Wilcox – Artist – Sculpture – Paintings

Charles Wilcox – Artist Statement

Born in Melbourne, Charles Wilcox developed a passion for art during his school years and went on to gain qualifications in engineering and graphic design. Charles’ work is a reflection and representation of his love of the sea, adventure and travel.

Whilst living off-the-grid in Yackandandah, the Victorian High Country, Charles began experimenting with sculpture and painting using materials he’d collected. 

From a young age, a hunter-gatherer ideology has influenced his life and work, from free-diving for seafood to collecting driftwood and reinstating old junk to new glory.

“My sculptures are a reflection and representation of everything I love about the sea, adventure and travel. I hike, dive and explore the most rugged and remote coastlines of eastern Australia. Travelling as far as Cape York where I charter light aircraft to give me access to the most isolated beaches. I select materials that are shaped by the harsh elements of the environment to use in my artworks. Washed-up driftwood, flotsam and jetsam found by chance on secluded beaches that survives a journey across vast oceans, corrugated iron and other salvaged building materials scorched by sun and hammered by storms – I love it all. Featuring these items and their story in my art is a real motivator for me”.

Charles’ paintings capture the energy and often unpredictable nature of the sea and are highly textural, using thick impasto to produce bold strokes that add texture to the paintings.


Chisholm Institute Design Award
Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design  | Chisholm Institute
Diploma of Graphic Arts and Design  | Chisholm Institute
Certificate IV in Arts – Applied Design | Chisholm Institute
Young Designer’s Preparation Program – Studio 108 |  Monash University 
Certificate I in Engineering  | Chisholm Institute

Recent Exhibitions

2018 – Summer in Flinders Manyung Gallery

2018 – Coolart Exhibition Somers

2017 – Summer Exhibition Without Pier Gallery

2017 – Of The Sea, group exhibition Manyung Gallery

2017 – Deep Water, solo exhibition Studio Six Victoria

2017 – Mansfield fine Art Gallery Easter Exhibition

2017 – Art Redhill

2017 – ARC The Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition

2017 – Summer group exhibition Without Pier Gallery Victoria

2017 – Summer group exhibition Manyung Gallery Sorrento

2017 – Coolart Exhibition Somers

2016 – Group exhibition Manyung Gallery Sorrento Victoria

2016 – Australia Wild, group exhibition, Sherbrooke Art Society, Belgrave 

2016 – VIC Beaches, Seas, Sport, group exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento 

2016 – VIC Stranded on Coastlines, group exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento VIC

2015 – Blues of Summer, group exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Sorrento VIC

2015 – Urban & Iconic, group exhibition, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza VIC