Emerging young Wiradjuri artist Jacob Charles will work with Griffith based sculptor and jeweller Hape Kiddle to develop his skills and expand his future in this field.
Emerging artist Jacob Charles began his artistic journey under the tutelage of his grandmother who was a Wiradjuri artist of national significance (Vale V Collins 1962-2022). Jacob’s main focus is on illustration, however he has also experimented with other mediums and styles. His 2021 piece Pear was produced as a high-quality gift card and sells in local gallery and museum shops across the Western Riverina. Jacob says: “I have been doing art for my whole life and I always loved it. I am very passionate about art, as I had my artwork in an exhibition with my nan in 2021.” Jacob is proud of his Wiradjuri culture and history. He is currently working on five native bird pictures to be exhibited later 2022.
As a sculptor and jeweller, Kiddle has been working for many years refining a language in shape and form that reflects his deep connection to the natural world. Our relationship to it is at the heart of all his enquiries and his work is a reflection on the spiritual connection humans have to all of ecology.
Kiddle’s work demonstrates the development of this language through the mediums of wood, stone and precious metals.
For more than a decade he has also shared his love of making things by hand through in-person and online classes. There is a slowing down and reconnection to self that happens in this process that is something that really resonates for his students.