The Artist formerly known as Prince


There have been a couple of posts on social media using this quip.

Nevertheless it really is really worth remembering that King Charles III is an artist who is a keen painter in watercolours and who exhibits his paintings on a normal basis. 

He is also a Patron of drawing, conventional art and crafts in diverse locations equally in the United kingdom and overseas.

I don’t forget when Prince Philip died I created reference in Prince Philip (1921-2021) – the painter to his curiosity in portray.  I guess this interest need to have affected his son. I’m hoping it passes on to much more of his progeny.

Under you can locate out more about his things to do – when Prince of Wales in phrases of: 

  • watercolour painter
  • timeline of exhibitions
  • patron of art

Watercolour Painter

As a Prince, he painted from childhood. 

However he did not develop into devoted to plein air portray of landscapes and nature in watercolour right up until the mid 1980s. After which he created paintings of locations he frequented and frequently manufactured about 30 paintings every single calendar year.

He has, up until now, painted less than the name A.G Carrick. The A. G. relates to two of his names ‘Arthur George’ and the Carrick references one of his titles ‘Earl of Carrick’ – a single of the Scottish titles held by the Heir Evident.  I consider I’m proper in stating that he has usually signed his watercolours AG. 

Nonetheless he’s no for a longer period the Earl of Carrick as that title has now passed to his son! 

I marvel if getting King could signify we no more time see his watercolours even if he continues to paint them.

Timeline of Exhibitions

This is a timeline of some of the solo exhibitions of his operate

“I took up painting entirely mainly because I identified photography considerably less than enjoyable. Really merely, I skilled an overwhelming urge to specific what I observed by way of the medium of watercolour and to express that nearly ‘inner’ perception of texture which is extremely hard to obtain through images. I very rapidly discovered how exceptionally difficult it is to paint properly in such a spontaneous medium, and the sensation of frustration at not being in a position to accomplish on paper the picture that your eye has offered you with is intensive!

“Looking back now at those people very first sketches I did, I am appalled by how bad they are. But, yet, the wonderful detail about painting is that you are making your individual unique interpretation of no matter what see you have selected. Mainly because it obliges you to sit down and make a cautious observation of the picked matter, you find so significantly a lot more about it than by just pointing a digital camera and arriving at a consequence which is almost certainly almost identical to anyone else’s photograph. As a end result, you grow to be significantly conscious of matters that may perhaps have escaped your focus beforehand – factors like the top quality of light-weight and shade, of tone and texture and of the condition of properties in relation to the landscape. It all demands the most powerful concentration and, consequently, is a single of the most calming and therapeutic exercise routines I know. In truth, in my situation, I discover it transports me into one more dimension which, rather literally, refreshes components of the soul which other functions simply cannot reach…

I am less than no illusion that my sketches represent fantastic artwork or a burgeoning expertise! They depict for me, much more than just about anything else, my specific kind of ‘photograph album’ and, as these, necessarily mean a fantastic offer to me “

I am confident quite a few of us will recognise these sentiments. I know it’s very considerably the way I truly feel about my have sketches and sketchbooks. They consider me back again to a place superior than any photograph can.

Patron of Arts

I individually consider he ought to be a great deal much better known for his patronage of art.

I perfectly bear in mind the exhibition Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace in 2018 to mark his 70th birthday later on that yr and his abiding curiosity in the arts and notably the visible arts.- which I reviewed in Review: Prince & Patron Exhibition at Buckingham Palace. It was a amazing exhibition and demonstrated his extensive ranging passions in every single component of the visible arts – and patronage of some.

The Prince’s Basis has also been liable for the generation of:

He’s also been extremely eager on the preservation of common arts and crafts capabilities and architecture. This contains:

  • a heritage preservation programme 
  • the enhancement of Florilegia – a assortment of botanical paintings of crops – owning sponsored the growth of 3 -(two volumes of the Highgrove Florilegium and the Transylvania Florilegium)  

I’ve seen it twice in current occasions. After on the big footstool in entrance of the fireplace in the Drawing Place at Clarence Property. Once more, the the Prince and Patron exhibition (Summer 2018) at Buckingham Palace to mark the Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday.

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King Charles is a Patron of the New English Artwork Club and has often exhibited at their Annual Exhibition. There are typically two of his watercolours at the top of the stairs as you descend into the Once-a-year Exhibition. I am going to be fascinated to see whether or not they surface in this year’s exhibition. They never ever look in the On the net Exhibition.

I really don’t think numerous people realise quite how significantly a supporter of the arts he is.

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