Prior to pursuing a full time career in art, I owned and operated Sticks and Stones Adventures running survival courses and outdoor expeditions in North East Vic. After spending much of my childhood exploring the Australian beaches and bush, and learning skills and techniques from respected bushmen, I worked as a tour guide in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory which inspired me to share my knowledge and skills with others through Sticks and Stones Adventures. Whilst living off-the-grid in the middle of the Victorian High Country I began creating art from materials I found on my journeys. I recently travelled to South America where I trained in the primitive art of jungle survival with the indigenous Shuar people of the Peruvian Amazon. The hunter-gatherer ideology has always been a major influence in my life and work, whether it be free diving for seafood or collecting driftwood. The skills that I used to teach people I now use to give me access to some of Australia’s most remote areas.
Charles Wilcox’s paintings capture the energy and often unpredictable nature of the sea. His paintings are highly textural combining thick impasto to produce bold strokes that add strength and texture to the paintings.
Charles Wilcox Hikes, dives and explores the most rugged and remote coastlines of the east coast of Australia, traveling as far as Cape York, where he charters Light aircraft to give him access to the most isolated beaches.
Charles creates sculptures by selecting materials that are shaped by the harsh elements of the Australian environment. Washed-up driftwood, flotsam and jetsam found by chance on a secluded beach that survives a journey across vast oceans. Corrugated iron and other salvaged building materials, scorched by the sun and hammered by storms.