Chuck Eckart

charles-eckartCharles Eckart (Chuck) was born in Oakland and raised in Yosemite Valley. During the early ‘50s, as a teenager, his devel­oping painter’s eye was tutored by the Yosemite Museum’s collec­tion of works by Thomas Hill, Albert Bier­stadt and Thomas Moran.

With a liberal arts degree from the Univer­sity of the Pacific, he went on to study under Lorser Feit­elson, John Altoon and Louis Danzinger at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

During the ‘60s, he became an award‐winning Art Director at McCann Erickson, San Fran­cisco. He continued on in the commer­cial art world during the ‘70s and ‘80s as a fine pen and ink free­lance illus­trator. Larry Duke joined him in sharing a large studio on Folsom Street.

In 1980, the children’s book: How The Forest Grew, featuring Eckart’s illus­tra­tions, was published by Green­willow of William Morrow & Co.

Concur­rent with the commer­cial work, Chuck devel­oped his vision and skill in fine art painting. In the early ‘80s, he became a member of the Allan Stone Gallery in New York. Around the same time, his powerful winged figures caught the atten­tion of Charles Camp­bell in San Fran­cisco, who became Chuck’s dealer (along with Paul Thiebaud) for the next 22 years.

Chuck and Alice moved from the City to Point Reyes Station in 1985. This move trig­gered a dramatic shift in his work. Losing interest in the figure as his subject, he became attracted to the land­scape and even­tu­ally found that he did not want to just record nature as observed, but to create purer paint­ings that equal and reflect the complexity and beauty of the natural world. Grad­u­ally his painting became more abstract, and this is the vein he works in today.

Eckart is also an etcher, and since 1966 his prints have paral­leled his painting devel­op­ment. In 2009, he published a collec­tion of 30 orig­inal etch­ings, hand bound and letter­press printed in a very limited edition of 50 copies, enti­tled Midnight Ride.

Further viewing of Eckart’s work can be done online at: Patricia Sweetow Gallery at 77 Geary St. San Fran­cisco for paint­ings. Etch­ings can be seen online at R. E. Lewis and Daughter, San Rafael (relewis.com), and at Larry Warnock Fine Arts (warnockfinarts.com). The Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael (donnaseagergallery.com) handles the book Midnight Ride and a few paint­ings. .

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