Charl Wessels is a self-taught watercolour artist who resides in Bloemfontein, South Africa. His work plays with vibrant colours and builds upon life experiences of travel, loss and the expectation for a better future. His style is expressionistic, with a speciality in streetscapes and landscapes, although he thoroughly enjoys portraits. His work often evokes feelings of nostalgia, awe and hope. He has been inspired by artists such as Alvaro Castagnet, Joseph Zbukvic and Chien Chung Wei. He believes in the pursuits of personal freedom, beauty and a life of abundance.
From a young age Charl Wessels had a natural ability to draw pictures. He took art as a school subject until Matric. After schools and military duty, he qualified as a mechanical draftsman at Iscor. Due to an illness his father obtained, he decided to take over his father’s farm.
From 1984 to 2012 he worked in the agricultural and related industries in the Vrede and Standerton district. During this time he farmed with crops, chickens and cattle. He also worked as a marketing consultant for farmers. In 2013 he relocated to Bloemfontein where he worked as a Real Estate Agent until 2016. Throughout these years, he always made time for painting. At a time he painted two dozen oil paintings which he gifted to family and friends.
His inspiration for watercolour as medium came from an Australian television show, Colour in Your Life (featuring Joseph Zbukvic), which showcases some of the most vibrant watercolour art he ever saw. This inspiration led to his own pursuit in perfecting watercolour paintings. He is a very ambitious person who always expects the best from himself and others. He is always pursuing greater beauty and perfection in his craft. He is convinced that watercolour expects great commitment, skill and transcendental participation.
He has recently started teaching his art to others.