Canadian artist Charles Alexander Moffat has been painting since childhood, but only began to take it seriously during the 1990s. In his childhood he didn’t even like painting because of the poor quality paints and brushes available in schools. Thus his focus was more on drawing and challenging himself to make things look real.
At the age of 10 he drew a portrait of his classmate Aubin Ross for a school project, a surprisingly realistic image which surprised even himself. As years went by he continued to draw portraits, developing a knack for facial proportions and skin/hair tones. Moffat began experimenting with painting portraits during 1998, thus his early works show a marked increase in skill as the years went by.
By 1999 Moffat was taking portrait painting so seriously he began attending York University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, where he studied painting, sculpture, photography, mural painting, video art, lithography, time-based art and installation art. When he graduated with a Honours BFA in 2003 he had a set record for being the student with the most studio credits.
Since then Moffat has traveled overseas, shown his artwork in numerous magazines, three documentaries and a slew of art galleries. However Moffat’s focus has not been on showing on art galleries. Instead he has followed a two-prong approach of showing occasionally in art galleries, but focusing instead on online popularity and representation in the mass media.
Simultaneously Moffat’s goals have not been sales. Indeed, he usually prefers not to sell his paintings unless its to an art gallery or to someone who will showcase the artwork in a place where people can enjoy them. Its important to him that his artwork doesn’t collect dust in someone’s private collection but can be enjoyed by the populace.
Part of this hinges on Moffat’s interest in making controversial artwork, promoting his heartfelt beliefs with respect to censorship, feminism, gender issues, gothic culture, religion, scientific research, sexuality and war/pacifism. His more well-known paintings like United States Censorship are only available for sale to publicly owned art galleries. Moffat’s more famous paintings are taught in university courses in Canada, the United States, Britain and Brazil.
Shows and Exhibitions
× Statler’s Lounge, Toronto, Canada (July 10th, 2011)
× The Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto, Canada (October 3rd-4th during Nuit Blanche, 2009)
× The Jeonbuk National Art Hall, Jeonju, South Korea (May 8th to 16th, 2004)
× The Louise Odette Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Ontario (April 1st to 7th, 2003)
× York University Open House, Toronto, Ontario (March 6th, 2003)
× The Goldfarb Art Gallery (York University), Toronto, Ontario (February 3rd to 7th, 2003)
× York University Open House, Toronto, Ontario (March 2000)
× The Walkerton Juried Art Show, Walkerton, Ontario (March 1998)
× The Annual Durham Gallery Art Show, Durham, Ontario (February 1997)
× The Ben Navaee Gallery, 1111 Queen Street East, Toronto, Canada
× The Jeonbuk National Art Hall, Jeonju, South Korea
× The Louise Odette Sculpture Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
× The Goldfarb Art Gallery (York University), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
× The Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario, Canada
× The Lilith Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
× The Official SoHo Art Gallery, Geocities Website
× The Official Paris Art Gallery, Geocities Website
× “Incubus in the Night“, commissioned by a TV show pilot in the USA, 2011.
× “Reproduction of the Burney Relief“, commissioned by the Discovery Channel and Picture Shack Entertainment for the TV show “The Haunted”, 2010.
× “United States Censorship” appeared in the documentary film “FUCK: The Film That Dare Not Speak Its Name“, 2006.
× “United States Censorship” appeared as background graffiti in “The Quick & Dirty Guide to Hip Hop” DVD, alongside the image of Barack Obama.
× “The Neo-Gothic Art Manifesto” appeared in the 1st issue of the European Art Magazine, 2006.
× Appeared in a BBC documentary on Gothic Art.
× Appeared in a BBC documentary on Cindy Sherman.
× Interviewed by TORO Magazine, “Artist Provocateur“, June 2008.
× Artwork “Canadian Goth” and “Kat #1” used by the website GothPersonals.ca, November 2008.as been painting since childhood, but only began to take it seriously during the 1990s. In his childhood he didn’t even like painting because of the poor quality paints and brushes available in schools. Thus his focus was more on drawing and challenging himself to make things look real.