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Alan Charlton

(Sheffield, England, 1948 -)

Untitled, 1988

acrylic on canvas

12 1/2 in. x 12 1/2 in.

Alan Charlton (born 1948 in Sheffield, United Kingdom) is a British artist based in London. This artist is best known for his minimalistic art pieces. Charlton’s works are usually painted gray, composed of simple geometric forms like triangles and rectangles. “I want my paintings to be: abstract, direct, urban, basic, modest, pure, simple, silent, honest, absolute,” said Charlton. The artist studied at the Camberwell School of Art in London from 1966–1969, and during his tenure there decided to only produce gray paintings, citing its emotional qualities and mutability


Untitled is composed of 15 different pieces. Each canvas with a different shape inside of them. Charlton created this piece to be uniform and aesthetically pleasing. The individual pieces don’t have a specific order in which they should be hanged.


[description:] fifteen different canvases that vary in size and orientation. Each piece has a vase shaped painting with a white background. All of them are different, varying in shape.