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Artist of the moment….Charles Arnoldi…

Charles Arnoldi hails from California and is a painter and sculptor best  known for his  abstract works. Charles Arnoldi was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1946. Arnoldi is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Arnoldi came onto the national scene in the 1970s with his wooden sculptures.

Price range information: Works done in acrylics range $4,000 to $60,000. Prints range $1,500 to $7,500. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Below a brief interview with Arnoldi before at an exhibition. A great clip as the artist talks about why he painted the highly finished works and then his looser less finished works.

Arnoldi was inspired to paint by viewing some works by two abstract masters in Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning.

For his collegiate studies the artist enrolled briefly at a junior college in California and also the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles. The artist disliked the strict and formal classroom setting and decided to learn via “on the job” training after less than 2 years of schooling.

A link for the artist’s own website:

When looking at the works of Charles Arnoldi I am reminded of Rex Ray. I find both use some similar abstract shapes in their works alongside bold color. Also both use wood textures. Rex Ray is a contemporary artist from California that also has a huge stamp in the home furnishings arena designing things such as rugs and carpets along with his prints and original works of art. Ray enjoys including wood texture in many of his works. Below a signature example of his Rex Ray’s style. Notice the wooden textured background.


Another artist that jumps to mind would be any  of the painters of the Pattern and Decoration Movement that was very popular in the States from 1975 to 1985. The main artist I am reminded of in this group is Valerie Jaudon. The artist was born in 1945 and is a huge success in the art world best non for non objective style of painting. She has been awarded many prestigious public commissions. For me her work with the small shape motif is very similar to the design used by Charles Arnoldi when he makes his paintings or wall reliefs that include many twigs and small branches. Below are some examples of Valerie Jaudon’s geometric and abstract working style.