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Charles Muench received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University in 1988, studying primarily under Maynard D. Stewart, the son of Utah landscape painter, Leconte Stewart.
After receiving his degree, Muench moved to New York City and attended classes at the Art Students League* with David Leffel, Michael Burban, Jack Faragasso, and others. In 1992, he moved to Madrid where he painted the city and countryside, studied Eugenio Velasquez (1817-1870), copied master works in the Prado Museum, and studied at the Circulo Bellas Artes, a cultural centre.
Primarily a studio painter, Charles Muench has been intently studying landscape and plein-air* painting. He was honored in the Arts for the Parks Top* 100 in 1999, establishing his reputation in the genre.
Charles is featured in the June 2010 issue of American Art Collector. He has been featured in the June 2007 and the June 2003 issue of Southwest Art as well as the May 2005 issue of Plein Air magazine.
In 2011, Charles received the Southwest Art Award of Excellence at the California Art Club's 100th Annual Juried Exhibition. In 2010, Charles won the Edgar Payne Award for Best Landscape at the California Art Club's 99th Annual Juried Exhibition. He was unanimously elected a Signature Member of the California Art Club. Charles received the First Place Award at the 2008 Heritage Art Exhibition presented by Joan Irving Smith as well as the Collector’s Choice Award at the 2008 and 2005 Maynard Dixon Country Invitational. Charles was awarded the First Place Award and “Best Painting of the Cove” Award at the 2007 and 2005 Crystal Cove Alliance Invitational in Laguna Beach, CA. He also was honored with the Best of Show/Artist’s Choice Award at the 2006 Telluride Plein Air Show. Charles received the Gold Medal Award at the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Event in October 2002. Charles has had his work included in the Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibit. His work is accepted annually in the California Art Club’s Annual Gold Medal Exhibit and the Gilcrease Museum’s American Art in Miniature Exhibition.
Artist Statement: "My goal is to be a pure painter. I simply want to put pigment on canvas in a way that captures the emotions of my visual experience while satisfying the demands of my intellect."
"Painting is eminently fascinating. I like to add a hint of narrative to my figurative paintings. I derive inspiration from the writings of Kafka, Camus, Hemingway, and many others. I want my still life paintings to be more than pretty arrangements of varied textures and hues. I want my landscapes to have such a feel of Nature that when you put a thermometer up to them, the mercury will rise or fall in accordance with the subject depicted. The basic concepts of painting are relatively simple to comprehend. The subtle variations, which have enticed and challenged great minds throughout history, are what fuel my fire. Brushstrokes are the footprints of the artist's emotions. I plan on leaving many tracks."
In the August/September 2009 issue of International Artist, Muench had a one-page write up in an article titled "Master Painters of the World-United States Showcase", p. 27.
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|“My goal is to be a pure painter. I want to put pigment on canvas in a way that captures the emotions of my visual experience while satisfying the demands of my intellect.”|
Charles Muench is an artist living in between the Sierra range and the high plains desert of Nevada. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts-with great distinction degree from San Jose State University. He studied primarily under Maynard D. Stewart, a student of Frank Vincent DuMond's and the son of Utah landscape painter, LeConte Stewart. After receiving his degree, Muench attended classes at the Art Students League with David Leffel, Michael Burban, Jack Faragasso, and others. In 1992, Muench moved to Madrid, Spain, where he painted the city and countryside, studied Velasquez, copied master works in the Prado, and attended classes at the Circulo Bellas Artes.
He received the First Place Award at the 2008 Heritage Art Exhibition presented by Joan Irvine Smith as well as the Collector’s Choice Award at the 2008 and 2005 Maynard Dixon Country Invitational. He received the first place award and "Best Painting of the Cove" Award at the 2007 Crystal Cove Alliance Invitational as well as the Crystal Cove Award in 2005 in Laguna Beach, CA. He also received the Best of Show/Artists Choice award at he 2006 Telluride Plein Air Exhibit.
Charles Muench is featured in the June 2007 issue of Southwest Art Magazine as well as the May 2005 issue of Plein Air Magazine. He has also been featured in the June 2003 issue of Southwest Art Magazine as well as in issue 32 of International Artist in their section on “Master Painters of the World-United States Showcase.”
He received the Gold Medal Award at the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Event in October 2002. He has had his work included in the Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibit and was invited to participate in the Laguna Plein Air painting competition. He also received the “Poster Artist” award at the La Quinta Arts Foundation Desert Plein Air Event in 2002. His work has been accepted in the California Art Club’s Annual Gold Medal Exhibit and the Gilcrease Museum’s American Art in Miniature 2002 Exhibition. Charles Muench has won numerous awards, including the Award of Excellence from the Oil Painters of America. He is a Signature Member of that organization as well as an Artists Member of the California Art Club.
“Painting is eminently fascinating. I derive inspiration from Velasquez, Sargent, Sorolla, Zorn, Payne, and many others. The basic concepts of painting are relatively simple to comprehend. The subtle variations, which have enticed and challenged great minds throughout history, are what fuel my fire. Brushstrokes are the footprints of the artist’s emotions. In putting pigment on canvas, I strive for the same honesty and trueness of a Johnny Cash song.”
Circulo Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Art Students League of New York, New York City.
Instructors: David Leffel, Jack Faragasso, Michael Burban
National Adacemy of Design, New York City.
Instructors: James Childs, Leo Neufeld.
Private Instruction with Michael Aviano, New York City.
Sheffield Polytechnical University, Sheffield England.
Instructor: Martin Pritchard R.A.
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
Bachelor of Fine Arts- with great distinction, Painting.
Instructor: Maynard D. Stewart.
California Art Club, Artist Member.
Oil Painter of America, Signature Member.
Southwest Art Magazine, My World, June 2007
Plein Air Magazine, Endlessley Inspired by His Environment, May 2005
Art of the West, "Painting the Canyon" November/December 2003
Art-Talk, "Artists Painting Canyon De Chelly" November 2003
Southwest Art, "A Man for All Seasons," June 2003
International Artist, “Master Painters of the World- United States Showcase." Issue Number 32
Southwest Art, “The Feminine Form,” November 2001.
Southwest Art, “Artists to Watch,” November, 2000.
EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2009-2007 One Man Show, Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena, CA.
2008 First Place Award, Heritage Exhibition, San Juan Capistrano, CA.
2009-1998 Maynard Dixon Country Annual Exhibit.
Collector's Choice Award 2008 and 2005
Maynard Dixon Estate, Mt. Carmel, UT.
2009-2002 American Art in Miniature,
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa OK.
2007 Best of Show/Best Painting of the Cove Award Crystal Cove Invitational.
2006 Best of Show/Artists Choice Telluride Plein Air.
2004-2007 Annual Telluride Plein Air Festival, Telluride, CO.
2003 Canyon De Chelly Show,
2003 C.M. Russell Auction of Western Art, Great Falls, MT.
2003 Settlers West American Miniatures Show, Settlers West, Tucson, AZ.
2002 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Event,
San Luis Obispo, CA. Gold Medal Award.
2002 CAC San Juan Capistrano Plein Air Event, CA.
2002 A California Year- One Man Exhibit.
The Vault Gallery, Sonora, CA.
2002 92nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.
Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA.
2002 Desert Plein Air Exhibit.
La Quinta, CA. Poster Artist Award for 2003 Event.
2001 American Art in Miniature.
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK.
2002-1999 Maynard Dixon Country Annual Exhibit.
Maynard Dixon Estate, Mt. Carmel, UT.
2001-1999 Oil Painter of America National Exhibit
Various Locations. 1999 Award of Excellence.
2001 Laguna Artists Plein Air Invitational.
Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA.
2001 Best and the Brightest Exhibit
Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, AZ.
2000 10th Annual Northwest Invitational Miniature Exhibit.
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA.
2000-1998 The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition.
Finalist, Portrait Category and Still Life Category.
2002-2000 Arts for the Parks Top 200 Exhibit.
1999 Arts for the Parks Top 100 Exhibit.
1999 American Artist’s Professional League 71st National Exhibition.
Salmagundi Club, New York City. Award.
1999 Salmagundi Club 22nd Annual Non-Members Exhibition.
Salmagundi Club, New York City. Ridgewood Art Institute Award.
1998 Art in the Embassies Program.
Work Exhibited in the American Embassy, Kuwait.
1998 Salmagundi Club 21st Annual Non-Members Exhibition.
Salmagundi Club, New York City. American Artists Professional League Award.
1996 American Contemporaries.
Wally Findlay Galleries, Chicago, IL.
1994 One Man Show- Recent Paintings.
Bingham Gallery, San Jose, CA.
1992 One Man Show- Paintings of Madrid.
Galleria Concha Sedeno, Madrid, Spain.
1989 Art Students League Concourse Exhibition.
New York City, Merit Award.
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