Charles Eckart: For the Love of Paint
On February 2, 2020, longtime Point Reyes resident and artist, Charles Eckart will celebrate his 85th birthday with a reception for his one-man exhibition at Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley running from February 1 to March 1.
The title of the show, “For the Love of Paint,” reflects Eckart’s celebration of the expressive powers of pure pigment. Growing up in Yosemite across a meadow from the Ahwahnee Hotel and in view of Half Dome, his early everyday visual experience was of breathtaking vistas. It instilled in him a visual bar that was high from the beginning. Eckart began painting as a boy and found inspiration in the Yose¬mite Museum’s col¬lection of works by Thomas Hill, Albert Bier¬stadt and Thomas Moran, honing his skills in both draftsmanship and painting. He found, however, that just replicating what he saw did not quite get at the more metaphysical sensation – the awe that was inspired by the surroundings. For Eckart, it was a metaphysical preoccupation that was accompanied by a more physical sensation – that retinal vibration in the eyes that accompanies looking at something indefinably moving.