CHARLES GNIECH
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ABOUT THE WORK:

Charles Gniech has spent more then a decade exploring the meditative qualities of the prehistoric stone circles of Great Britain. Gniech explains... "Britain is littered with more then four hundred and thirty of these prehistoric sites... most people are familiar with Stonehenge, yet there are areas concentrated with megalithic structures as far to the north as the Scottish Islands, and as far to the south and west as Cornwall. The largest complex of circles is just to the north of Stonehenge, at Avebury." Gniech's latest body of work is influenced by the meditative qualities of the fluid surface-patterns found on some of these monuments. Gniech continues... "I have taken some artistic liberties,in the replication, manipulation and abstraction of the surface patterns found on these massive stone slabs, yet the work continues to convey the serene qualities regularly associated with nature and inner peace."

Charles Gniech's exploration of the meditative surface patterns, influenced by various prehistoric monoliths, continues with a series of works comprised of mostly neutral color tones. The color shift is based on observations in nature, which seems to relax the human psyche. Paintings from this body of work, continue to be presented in a traveling exhibition titled "Meditative Surfaces." This four-person exhibition combines Gniech's paintings with the abstract photography of Maggie Meiners, Mixed-Media work created by Deanna Krueger and the paintings of Rebecca Moy. During the recent exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art [November 2013-January 2014], Gniech's canvas titled "Grounded II" was acquired for the museum's permanent collection.