Embrace the Mistake.

June 21, 2010

Plan for Mural

In a recent radio broadcast I heard that Islamic weavers would create a deliberate mistake in the patterns on their elaborate rugs, because, ‘Only God is Perfect.’

What I enjoy in looking at sketches, preliminary drawings and plans is the corrections; things altered, moved, changed in colour or scale with traces of the original supplanted by the new. Working on paper I can literally cut and paste, rub out , paint over without having to  create a perfect product. These alterations or corrections become an integral part of the finished drawing, they are no longer mistakes but are embraced in the finished work.

In the picture above I present alternative colour schemes for both background and for the figures themselves. Other alternatives are presented below as colour patches as in paint supply catalogues.

In offering alternative colours for the figure I am also examining how the presentation of black people is manipulated in the media to add interest or bias to stories


Ecce Homo – Mixed Media on Paper

From The Skin I’m In

Ecce Homo

Consider The Lillies – Mixed Media on Paper

From The Skin I’m In



The Skin I’m In is Charlie Pi’s new exhibition since last year’s successful  summer show @ St Pancras Church. Charlie Pi returns this year to The Crypt Gallery with a series of large works on paper which take  the form of children’s nursery rhyme illustration, plans, sketches, storyboards, illustrations, comics and text made large. As Charlie says, ‘Not precursors but finished works in their own right”. Indeed, using paper as a free space to examine both theme and the process of illustration has taken Charlie’s signature baroque paintings to another dimension where iconographies of beautiful young black men have become a mixture of mixed gendered subjects set in multi-image  polyptich.

The Skin I’m In, The Crypt Gallery @ St Pancras Church

11th – 30th August 2010, 12.00 – 18.00 (Tuesday to Sunday)

Opening Night – Wednesday 11th August, 18.30 – 20.30

FFI – www.cryptgallery.org.uk