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 is a native of Buffalo, NY who received his BFA in painting from SUNY Buffalo State. He relocated to Lockport, NY in 2013 and currently maintains a studio in Buffalo's Larkin District. His work has been published in the regional publications Artvoice, The Public and Spark Magazine. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Olean Public Library in Olean, NY and El Museo Gallery and High-Temp Fabrication in Buffalo. He has also been included in group exhibitions at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA. Tingley has executed numerous public murals in Western New York including commissions for Artpark in Lewiston, Glow Gallery in Buffalo, and most recently Art Alley in Niagara Falls. In 2015 and 2016, he received Decentralization Grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and 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.