Saturday 24 February 2018

An artist favoured by music, film stars

From the start of his career, Charlie Whisker has been known for both his talent and his ability to capture the zeitgeist. His paintings hang in the homes of Bono, Henry Mountcharles and film directors John Boorman and Steven Soderbergh.

While working in Windmill Lane in Santa Monica in the 1990s, he made music videos for U2, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

His work won him international awards, including a Grammy nomination for a video he made with Bob Dylan.

He was born in Bangor, Co Down, on October 18, 1949, and had an idyllic childhood until the Troubles came and disrupted the North completely. Witnessing the violence first hand had a major influence on his work.

Whisker graduated from Belfast College of Art and spent time teaching painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin between 1981 and 1987. He quit teaching because he wanted to use his energy for painting.

His work is in the collections of the Arts Council, Allied Irish Banks and the Ulster Museum.

Sunday Independent

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