Five Minutes With... Charlie Barton
Talk us through your ideal Sunday morning?
Running on Watership Down with Slipper & then into my studio for the rest of the day.
Do you have any habits whilst working in your studio?
Listening to music or the radio but nothing that will interfere too much with my headspace.
If you could get private plane just for the day, where would you go?
Back to Afghanistan; I was there in 2011. It’s an astoundingly beautiful country, wild & dramatic with a rich complex history. I met some totally crazy, wonderful people like Jason Howe a conflict photographer, living in Kabul.
Who inspires you most?
My mother, she’s resilient, selfless, open-minded & really good fun.
What was the last song you listened to?
Courage by Villagers
Where is your happy place?
Up on the gallops just above where I live on Watership Down. Until recently I rode out for racehorse trainer Andrew Balding. It’s exhilarating working the horses early in the morning on the gallops & the views up there are breathtaking.
Can you remember the first work of art that moved you?
On first seeing Joseph Beuy’s installation “The End of The Twentieth Century in the Tate”, I was utterly baffled.
What is it about that piece that spoke to you?
It‘s monumental scale inspired me; it’s elemental & primordial. It alludes to the tragedy of two world wars. It speaks of healing, regeneration & the end of an old world & the birth of a new ecologically conscious one.
What role do you think art plays in our daily life?
Picasso said “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”. Art pushes us out of our comfort zone & illuminates that which has been hidden from us.
And last but not least, if you could describe yourself in one sentence, what would it be?
Unrealistically optimistic; a dreamer…Very much dominated by the right hemisphere.