CHARLES GNIECH
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Surface Paintings
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 three-person exhibition combines Gniech's paintings with the abstract photography of Maggie Meiners and Mixed-Media work created by Deanna Krueger. 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.




Left to right:
Aqua 1, 2016, acrylic on canvas 20 x 20"
Aqua 2, 2016, acrylic on canvas 20 x 20"
Aqua 3, 2016, acrylic on canvas 20 x 20"




Breath, 2013, acrylic on canvas - dyptich, 60 x 72




Passage, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 60




Essence, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40




Symbiotic, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40




Anomaly, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60




Night Striation, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 - Detail at right




Rise, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40




Striation ~ Viloet, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 - Detail at right



Meditation IV, 36" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2010




Grounded, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 - Detail at right



Surface, 40" x 60", acrylic on canvas, 2007



Watching Waves, 40" x 60", acrylic on canvas, 2006



Meditation II, 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2007



Moving Thoughts, 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2006



Altered, 36" x 15", acrylic on canvas, 2009 - detail at right



Moving Surface, 36" x 72", acrylic on canvas, 2007



Blue Stone, 36" x 15", acrylic on canvas, 2006 - detail at right




Calming Rythm, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 - Detail at right




Cornerstone, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 - Detail at right



Stone Surface, 24" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2007



The following paintings have been acquired for public or private collections



Striation ~ White, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 - Detail at right
Private Collector




Striation ~ Green, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24
Private Collector




Grounded II, 60 x 40, acrylic on canvas - Detail at right
The Collection of The Fort Wayne Museum of Art - Fort Wayne, Indiana



Meditation III, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2009
Private Collection - Winnetka, IL



Purchased as a group...
Quiet Surface II, 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2009
Striation, 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2010 Quiet Surface I, 24" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2009
Private Collection - Chicago



Intitution, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2010
In the Collection of Shawn Douglass and Jean Deven, Chicago<



Untitled 2006, 36" x 15", acrylic on canvas, 2006
Detail at right
In the Collection of Paula Kloczkowski Luberda, Naperville, Illinois



Untitled 2010, 36" x 15", acrylic on canvas, 2010
Detail at right
In the collection of Ann and Robert Avery, Chicago



Quiet Wisdom - Warmth, 40" x 40", acrylic on canvas, 2007
In the collection of Rose Camasta, Chicago



Red Surface, 40" x 40", acrylic on canvas, 2008
Private Collection - Chicago



Meditation, 48" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2006
In the collection of Pat Popovich, Valpo, IN
[shown at Gallery H, Three Oaks, MI, center wall]



Quiet Wisdom II, 40" x 40", acrylic on canvas, 2007
Private Collection - Chicago
Acquired at the Art Against AIDSŪ 2008 benefit, Chicago



Moments III, 24" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2007
Purchased by Wachovia for auction at the National Human Rights Campaign Benefit in Washington DC, 2007



Moments, 24" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2006
In the collection of Mike and Maggie Meiners, Chicago



Untitled [The Liver], 36" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2007
Wired as a vertical or horizontal composition
In the collection of Eugene Biondi, Chicago



Surface Verte, 24" x 48", acrylic on canvas, 2009
Private Collection - Woodstock, IL



Other Collectors of work from this series include:

Jan Lechner, Tinley Park, Illinois
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