“Influenced—for more than a decade—by the hundreds of the pre-historic stone circles throughout Great Britain, I use the surface patterns of the Megaliths to create meditative imagery on which to focus. Britain is littered with more than four hundred and thirty of these prehistoric sites... most people are familiar with Stonehenge, yet there are areas concentrated with megalithic structures as far to the north as the Scottish Islands, and as far to the south and west as Cornwall. The largest complex of circles is just to the north of Stonehenge, at Avebury. My latest body of work is influenced by the meditative qualities of the fluid surface patterns found on some of these monuments. I have taken some artistic liberties, in the replication, manipulation and abstraction of the surface patterns found on these massive stone slabs, yet the work continues to convey the serene qualities regularly associated with nature and inner peace. The process of creating each piece is as peaceful as the imagery, which is produced.”
While teaching, consulting and freelancing, Charles Gniech continues to paint and to exhibit at a national level. During the past few years, Gniech has been included in exhibitions at The Rockford Art Museum, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Quincy Art Center, and the Schoenherr Art Gallery of North Central College. Gniech’s paintings have been acquired for numerous public and private collections. Chuck Gniech is a Professor of Art and the Exhibition Curator for The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
Charles Gniech at Zia Gallery