Charles Searles knew he wanted to be an artist at a young age and studied art in his hometown of Philadelphia. He was awarded the Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship (1971) and the Ware Memorial Traveling Scholarship (1972) from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts which granted him the opportunity to travel to Africa. Searles has described this trip as “life-changing” because it had profound effect on his art. Searles’ Dancer series was inspired by his trip and his love for percussion instruments, particularly the congas. Two Dancing Figures incorporates both bright and colorful African imagery he saw in his travels and rhymical musical movement. Searles’ dynamic Dancing series appears to come to life as color, shapes and sounds dance toward the viewer.
In 1978, Searles moved to New York City where he remained until his death in 2004.
Title: Two Dancing Figures
Artist: Charles Searles (1937 – 2004)
Medium: oil on paper
Dimensions: 18 x 23 inches
Accession Number: H77.63
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