Joan Charles

I once heard my art described as “sweetly sinister”. It is true that I’ve always been drawn to the mysterious. After all, even the sunniest days have a little darkness - the deepest shadows are cast at high noon. I guess that dichotomy is reflected in my work, along with the desire to convey emotion and to capture that elusive moment when something momentous is about to happen.

I’ve created art for children's books and magazines and now paint pictures for galleries, exhibitions, and for private collectors in my little studio in Santa Monica, California. 

You can find select prints and (sometimes) original art on Etsy at JoanCharlesArt.

Exhibits and Shows

2020
Unusual Child, Group Show, Cactus Gallery, April 2020

2019
Tiny Treasures IV, Cactus Gallery's Annual Small Works Show
Montana Avenue Art Walk

2018
Tiny Treasures + One, Cactus Gallery's 13th Annual Small Works Show
Frankenstein Meets Little Women, Group Show, South Pasadena Public Library
Affair of the Arts, Art Fair
Girls Group Exhibit, The Whole 9 Gallery
Loteria IV! Group Show, Cactus Gallery
Cactus Gallery 13th Anniversary Show, Cactus Gallery
Patterns Group Show, Cactus Gallery

2017
Tiny Treasures XII
Group Show, Cactus Gallery
Dia de los Muertos
Group Show, Cactus Gallery

2015
All Manner of Madness Group Exhibit, the Upstairs Gallery at Century Books
Three Artists Group Exhibit, the Upstairs Gallery at Century Books
Montana Avenue Art Walk

2014
The Secret Garden, Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Montana Avenue Art Walk

2013
Homegrown Group Show, Roberts Art Gallery
Montana Avenue Art Walk

2012
Tarot Group Exhibit and Limited Edition Tarot Deck Artist, Hive Gallery
Lullabies & Nightmares Group Show, Hive Gallery
Harbinger Book Launch and Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Circus, Circus Group Show, Hive Gallery

2011
Small Wall Featured Artist, Hive 6th Anniversary Show
Tarot Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery

2010
Priceless Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Alice in Wonderland Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Illustration West 48, Society of Illustrators, LA

2008
Westside Illustrators Group Exhibit, Chemers Gallery

2007
Love Letters Group Exhibit, Lunar Boy Gallery

2006
Once Upon A Summertime Group Exhibit

2005
Westside Illustrators Group Exhibit

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