Charles Munch

The Point, 2013. Oil on canvas. 34 x 44 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

Lone Rock, WI


Charles Munch’s paintings are near abstractions of bold shape and bright color, with a bare minimum of detail and contrasting outlines that embolden them further. These reductive compositions, painted from both memory and imagination, are the artist’s response to Wisconsin’s light, landscape, and fauna. His concern for the diminishment of nature at the hands of man is made manifest through fantastical painted settings in which humans, animals, and nature are reconciled in a “peaceable kingdom” of luminous light and mystery. In Munch’s words, “the more deeply we explore our relationship with other animals and the rest of the natural world, the healthier the world will be.”  





Charles Munch grew up in Missouri, spending his summers is Wisconsin. He moved there in 1972 and now lives in Lone Rock, surrounded by acres of woods, grassland, and farm fields. His paintings are created from memory and the imagination, reflecting the relationship between humans and nature. Munch was a realist painter until 1981 when he changed his style to what he calls semi-abstraction in order to incorporate emotional color. Munch has been in over eighteen museum exhibitions and he is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.