Artist Information


Bold brushstrokes in a muted palette characterize the paintings of Charles Goolsby. His canvases are a subtle blend of representational and abstract qualities.

“In the landscape the hanging of light and shadow is very quick. My process involves going out on location and making drawings, oil studies and photographs. This is the research aspect of my work. In my non-landscape based work, sketches and photographs also are used to develop ideas. Back in the studio I use these source materials to develop my final compositions. The final painting process involves completing a strong underpainting in black and white, laying in a ground tone and building the paint in layers while retaining as much spontaneity as possible.” — Charles Goolsby

Goolsby received his BFA degree from Radford University (VA) and his MFA degree from James Madison University (VA). His work has been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art (OH), William King Regional Arts Center (VA), Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History (VA), Art Museum of Western Virginia, Spartanburg County Museum of Art (SC) and Maryland Federation of Art. Goolsby’s paintings are in the collections of the Appalachian State University (NC), First Union Bank (VA) and the Roanoke Times and World News (VA).

Charles currently works from his studio in Virginia.

The Taubman Museum, curator Ray Kass on artist Charles Goolsby, one of the artists in the STATE OF THE ART: Virginia Crossroads exhibit. The exhibit will be on display at the Taubman Museum of Art till February 23rd, 2013.

CHARLES GOOLSBY - The Taubman Museum