My current work is a reflection of my own personal memories, inspiration, longing, and lust. Through cycles of repression and displacement, painting is my way of stepping through the looking glass. Relying heavily on the human figure as my subject matter, fragments of dream and memory are refracted through a filter of emotion that is central to the theme of my work.
My works concentrate on the emotional foundations of cognition. Through this process, layers of pencil and paint are transformed, reduced, elaborated, stored, and recovered, until an ephemeral balance is struck between deconstruction and evolution. The figure dissolves back into the tempest abstraction from which it emerges. This end result doesn't offer resolution, or even a calculated narrative. Instead, it offers the viewer to connect the dots through their own sensation and perception.
Chuck Tingley holds a BFA in Painting from SUNY Buffalo State. A native of Buffalo, he relocated to Lockport, NY in 2013 and currently maintains a studio in Buffalo's Larkin District. Solo exhibitions of Tingley's work have been held at the Olean Public Libray in Olean, NY, El Museo Gallery and Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA. He has been awarded public art commissions by Artpark in Lewiston, Glow Gallery in Buffalo, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2016, he was honored by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York as a Finalist for the 'Artist of the Year' Spark Cultural Award, and in March of 2018 his portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on the cover of Condé Nast magazine.