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Mid City Artist Spotlight: Charlie Gaynor

BY ELIZABETH GRAZIOLI

 

Charles Gaynor. Pink Peels.  Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Charles Gaynor. Pink Peels. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Living and working in one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods, on one of the most coveted streets, has given Charlie Gaynor the advantage of capturing the unique angles and spaces of Washington for almost two decades. As a photographer, Gaynor focuses on color and light, and the way they play off of each other to reveal natural beauty.

Charles Gaynor.  14th Street Blue.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Charles Gaynor. 14th Street Blue. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Growing up in Kansas, Gaynor received a camera as a young child which once belonged to his grandfather. Gaynor has always appreciated the way he can capture something that might only last a split second. Since the 1970s, Gaynor has focused on work that is “colorful, street smart and collage-like.” He transforms ordinary locations or scenes and makes them into what he wants you to see.

Entrance to Gaynor's Mid City studio (l) and signage at the spring 2014 studio tour (r).  Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Entrance to Gaynor’s Mid City studio (l) and signage at the spring 2014 studio tour (r). Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Gaynor says that he derives his inspiration from his passion to create a beautiful world around him and a passion to create and interact with other artists. As a member of the Mid City Artists group, Gaynor experiences the work of other artists on a vey regular basis. He says that “[he is] happy around creative people.” His studio is one of the stops (number four to be exact) on the Mid City Artists biannual studio open houses, which takes place every fall and spring.

Currently Gaynor is focusing on creating a new body of work for display. His hope is that he can generate a positive, vibrant view of Washington. In addition to the Mid City Artists group studio tours, one can see his work at Gallery Plan B and the DC Center on 14th Street NW. His work is truly breathtaking and a must see when walking the Logan Circle neighborhood. Contact him directly for addition information via his website at www.charliegaynor.com

 

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Elizabeth Carberry
Authored by: Elizabeth Carberry

Elizabeth Carberry is the founder and creative operations director of ArtSee, an arts management agency. Inspired by art in all its forms, Elizabeth’s passion for art and culture began as a child living in Milan, Italy, surrounded by the works of the great artists and has thrived in the Washington, DC community​. Elizabeth’s vision of ArtSee incorporates her three great loves: communications, curating, and art. Through ArtSee, artists and art enthusiasts will find an advocate and ally in its founder. Visit www.artseedc.com for more information..