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 Frederick Montague Charman  (1894 - 1986)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
American Watercolor Society member Montague Charman (1894-1986) worked in many different areas of the United States, including out west in the Rockies. Charman painted landscapes from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to New York State, possibly in or around Amber, near Syracuse, where the artist lived for some time.

Charman was born in Richmond, on the edge of London in England, and having established a reputation as a painter, he took up a teaching post in the Faculty of Design at Syracuse University in 1923. He eventually retired in 1960 from the position of Professor of Art at Syracuse.

Charman also pursued a successful career as a creative artist. In addition to the AWS he was a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and the Baltimore Watercolor Club where he exhibited regularly. The artist held one-man shows in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Des Moines, Boulder, Oxford Ohio, and Pittsfield Mass.

In 1925 he married the American artist Jessie Bone Charman, who was also a highly accomplished painter.

It has been said of Charman's work 'In many of his paintings he creates a dimensional depth, allowing one to look through the forms to something beyond that is vague and mysterious, and an emotional lift is experienced. Changes in his work are constantly evident - changes which are thoughtful and subtle and keep his paintings moving along serenely'. He won many prizes for his work from the 1920s onwards........'

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A researcher for The Ashworth Collection of Western and Native American Art-Arkansas


Biography from Bradford Trust Fine Arts:
Frederick Montague Charman (1894-1986)

Montague (‘Monty’) Charman is perhaps best known for his 37 year career as a professor at Syracuse University and by his many, many students.

While maintaining his position as Professor of Design, he also had a dual career as an artist, traveling summers and on sabbatical, throughout Europe and the Caribbean, but most especially to the American West.  His large full folio size watercolors are filled with honesty and expression in bold color.  Along with his wife, Jessie Bone Charman, an accomplished artist in her own right, he recorded actual scenes of the land in flourishing style, often reminiscent of one of his idols, Charles Burchfield.  His works are in many Western collections.

Monty’s painting techniques are described in detail in his chapter of the book, Watercolor Demonstrated, Watson-Guptill publisher.

Upon retirement from Syracuse in 1960, the Everson Museum had a retrospective exhibit for both Montague and Jessie.  They continued to travel and paint. Monty’s art continued to evolve as he further develped his design concepts into abstractions.

Charman was born in London in 1894 and received his art and design education at the Hammersmith Art School.  He then went to work in 1918 with Sidney Haward, one of the foremost fabric designers in England until he was offered a position at Syracuse University in 1923.

Charman exhibited widely including: Philadelphia Watercolor Club annually; Art Institute of Chicago; National Academy of Design; Pennsylvania of Fine Arts; Rochester Memorial Art Gallery; Albright Art Gallery, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (solo), Binghamton Museum of Art; Salt Lake City, Utah; Everson Museum of Art (solo retrospective with wife, Jessie in 1961).

His works are in many museums, including: Everson Museum, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Municipal Collection of Salt Lake City, Syracuse, University, Brigham Young University (Utah), Brooks Memorial Museum (Tenn.)

In November, 2007, there was a special exhibit of his work titled "Montague Charman- Master of Design" at the Turninstone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY near Syracuse. This exhibit was curated by Roy Mennell of 'Bradford Trust Fine Arts' who gave a gallery talk on the artist and discussed many of the artworks shown.

Submitted by Roy Mennell Bradford Trust Fine Art

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