Charles Movalli

Charlie Movalli passed away March 20th, 2016.  I shot an interview with Charlie in 2010 that included lots of biographical information as well as the explanations of his art that are presented below.  I am in the process of editing the balance of the material and will publish his interview later this summer – Dave Sullivan

A Gloucester native, Charles Movalli grew up with great artists, wrote about them, taught them and became one himself.  After more than four decades practicing his art, he still enjoyed doing it and talking about it.

In this clip, Charlie talks about constructing a painting with blocks of light and dark.

Charlie continues his discussion of painting with his definition of “simplicity.”

Charles takes great satisfaction from building up a painting from the most efficient series of brushstrokes – stroke by stroke until the scene emerges as a complete work.

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paul f frontiero jr October 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Thanks Dave and Maggie!

It’s great to see Charlie discuss his process. He’s done so much to promote other Cape Ann artists through books and magazine articles , it’s great to see him get some air time.
Thanks Again, I’ve met him a few times a long time ago when I was a kid.

Judy Thurber May 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I have been trying to get in touch with Mr. Movalli. He wrote an article about Zygmund Jankowski after he passed away. I have one of Mr. Jankowski’s paintings from his early time (1952) and I would like to talk to Mr. Movalli about it.
How I got this painting would interest Mr. Movalli.
Thank you for any help you can get me.
Judy Thurber
Blue Lakeside Treasures
Shipshewana, In

capeannmuseum November 12, 2016 at 8:35 pm

The Cape Ann Museum is holding an exhibit of works by Charles Movalli early next year. In connection with that, we were wondering is you could send along an update on your efforts to edit your various materials on Charlie. We love your u-tube posting and wondered about incorporating some of them into our exhibit. My email address is Perhaps we can start a conversation.
Many thanks, Martha Oaks, Curator, Cape Ann Museum