Chuck Tingley, a talented artist based in Buffalo, seamlessly merges abstraction and realism to create contemporary artworks. Holding a BFA in Painting from SUNY Buffalo State, Tingley currently operates his studio in the vibrant Clinton/Bailey neighborhood of Buffalo. His exceptional pieces have been showcased in solo exhibitions at prestigious venues such as the Olean Public Library in Olean, NY, El Museo Gallery, and Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo. Additionally, he has contributed to group exhibitions at renowned establishments like the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA. Notably, Tingley’s artistic prowess extends to public installations for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio. His exceptional talent and artistic achievements have led to well-deserved public art commissions throughout Western NY, including notable locations like Buffalo, Hamburg, Lewiston, Medina, and Niagara Falls. Tingley’s contributions to the arts community were recognized in 2016 when he was honored as a Finalist for the esteemed ‘Artist of the Year’ Spark Cultural Award by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. Furthermore, in March of 2018, his captivating portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. graced the cover of Condé Nast magazine.
In Tingley’s current body of work, viewers witness a captivating exploration of personal memories, inspirations, desires, and yearnings. Through his paintings, he navigates a realm where repression and displacement collide, offering a glimpse through the looking glass. With a strong emphasis on the human figure, Tingley carefully refracts fragments of dreams and memories, filtering them through emotions that lie at the core of his artistic themes.
His creations delve deep into the emotional foundations of cognition. Each layer of pencil and paint undergoes a transformative process, shifting between reduction, elaboration, storage, and retrieval, until an ephemeral balance emerges between deconstruction and evolution. Eventually, the human form dissolves into the tempestuous abstraction from which it is born. Rather than providing definitive resolutions or meticulously calculated narratives, Tingley’s artworks invite viewers to connect the dots through their own sensations and perceptions.