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Charles Kacin Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe-based artist Charles Kacin creates abstract artwork that resemble the natural weathering of surfaces. Charles studies the interaction of various materials and their resulting surface texture. Inspired by natural processes, his artistic process involves both creation and destruction. To begin a work, he layers acrylic paint, oil pastels, charcoal and graphite. Then, he uses sandpaper, pencils, screwdrivers, scrapers and even electric sanders to distress the surfaces of his work. While he controls the physical aspect of the paintings, he leaves emotional interpretations to the viewer. He says, “My work invites the viewer to make their own reality from the shapes, forms, and colors I present on the canvas.”

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    About The Artist

    Santa Fe-based artist Charles Kacin creates abstract artwork that resemble the natural weathering of surfaces. Charles studies the interaction of various materials and their resulting surface texture. Inspired by natural processes, his artistic process involves both creation and destruction. To begin a work, he layers acrylic paint, oil pastels, charcoal and graphite. Then, he uses sandpaper, pencils, screwdrivers, scrapers and even electric sanders to distress the surfaces of his work. While he controls the physical aspect of the paintings, he leaves emotional interpretations to the viewer. He says, “My work invites the viewer to make their own reality from the shapes, forms, and colors I present on the canvas.”

    Artist Statement

    My work starts with the vision of a slice of time or the emotive quality of a moment. I build up layers of pigments: scribe, scribble, scrape back, and texture my work, allowing each piece to reveal its own story and emerge from the voice of the paint itself. The work focuses on the transitory nature of time and memory as they relate to my everyday life.
    I incorporate the Zen sensibility of wabi-sabi, highlighting the impermanence and imperfection of beauty as exemplified in nature and the passage of time. There is a collaboration between me and the materials used: building, adding more and more elements, and then stepping back to reduce the work to its purest form. Viewers are taken on a journey and construct their own reality in each work.
    I leave my emotions on the canvas, captured in paint.

    Artist Background

    Northern Illinois University
    Bachelor of Arts, 1980

    Master of Arts, 2008

    Hear What Collectors Say About Charles's Work

    Charles Kacin 10/9/2017 | 9:37 PM

    Thanks so much to taking the time to view my work. I will be adding more work shortly. Cheers, Charles Kacin

    krnhersh 10/8/2017 | 1:52 PM

    Love your work!!!

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