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Charles Searles


Charles Searles was an important African American artist from Philadelphia. Searles studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received both the Cresson Memorial Travel Scholarship and the Ware Memorial Travel Scholarship. His artwork reflected not only the changing social times but also his evolving vision as an individual inspired by Africa, who came to embrace universal cross-cultural connections. Over the course of his artistic development, Searles created paintings and sculptures that responded to a variety of cultural traditions – African, Japanese, Indian, etc. – and included abstract references to music as well as dance. Searles’ artwork is represented in numerous private, corporate, and public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute of American Art, the National Center of AfroAmerican Artists, the Dallas Museum of Art, and many others. Over the course of his career, he participated in 25 solo exhibitions and over 60 group shows, both national and international.

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Charles Searles painting
Acrylic and Collage
Signed Middle Right
27" x 23.5"

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