Arriving in Australia in 1959, Chicago-born Charles Reddington had the happy knack of finding himself in the midst of a burgeoning art movement. Australian avant-garde painters were hungry for new styles to reflect the changing times and replace the local largely figurative tradition. Charles brought with him first hand knowledge of the abstract, modern styles from New York. He played a vital part in a pivotal moment in Australian art history which would influence generations of artists for decades to follow.
Robert Hughes said of Reddington: 'an exquisite colourist... one of the few significant new arrivals in the last five years... and one of the few painters in Australia who are at home in the grand manner of abstract expressionism'.
Reddington remains one of Australia's most distinctive and recognisable artists.
W.D. & H.O. Wills Painting Award, W.H.O Wills Corp., Sydney; The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship, 1963; The Helena Rubinstein Travelling Art Scholarship, 1965; Tumut Art Prize; Tamworth Art Prize; Toowoomba Art Prize; The Mosman Art Prize; The Maitland Art Prize; Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant; Indianapolis Museum of Art Merit Award: "Works on Paper"; Travel Grant from Greenwich, American Institute for Foreign Study, Connecticut to London; Research Grant, Indiana State University: "The Intalian Sense of Space, Old and New"; Art Alliance Merit Recognition, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana; Merit Award, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana Research Grant, Indiana State University, Visual Interpretation of the Australian Continent and Culture
His work is in public collections in National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of NSW; National Gallery of Victoria; La Trobe University; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery; The Newcastle Regional Art Gallery; Western Australian Art Gallery; Commonwealth Government Collection of Painting, Australia House, London; University of Wollongong; Phillippine Embassy, Canberra; University of Southern Illinois; Indiana State University; University of Kentucky.
Corporate, institutional and private collections that have works by Reddington include (in Australia): Rio Tinto Research & Development Centre, Melbourne; La Trobe Business Development College; Lucios Restaurant, Sydney; Dr Joseph Brown Collection, Melbourne; Ansett Corporation, Airport Sydney; Y s Advertising Agency, Sydney (in USA) Harold Mertz Public Collection, Planned Parenthood, Azriel, Kaplan & Osiol, Public Accounts Office, Chicago Corbett & Matthews, Attorneys at Law, Chicago; Elliot Petlak, Attorney at Law Office, Chicago.
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