The Phyllis Weston Gallery is pleased to present the work of Charlie Engman, named one of the 30 photographers to watch in 2014 by both PDN (Photo District News) and the British Journal of Photography.
Engman is dedicating his show to his partner, James (Jay Ott), who died tragically this year at age 31.
Ott was a distinguished graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) in the field of fashion design. From the first day he crossed the DAAP threshold, his faculty knew he would be a shining star in the industry. His illustrious career included designing for prestigious companies and brands, including Macy’s, The Row, J Mendel, and Rosetta Getty. Following his death, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen dedicated their Council of Fashion Designers of America Award to Ott.
It was partially Ott’s influence that coaxed Engman to enter fashion’s realm. Although he is known primarily for fashion photography, Engman makes little distinction between fashion work, styling work, and personal work, noting that any “styled” image of malleable material could be considered within the realm of fashion. A piercing intellect (BA First Class, Japanese and Korean Studies, Oxford University 2009), keen wit, and an impeccably precise eye inform his images. The human body and its gestures (energetic, alive, frozen in movement, contorted, bifurcated, moldable) and materials of rich texture and color are his tools. Undoubtedly, some of his most interesting material is a provocative body of work featuring his mother and muse, Kathleen McCain Engman. Special consultant to the project is Una-Kariim Cross, New York artist, writer, and educator.
Engman’s work has been featured in prestigious publications, including Vogue, I-D, Tank, AnOther, Metal, Jalouse, and Bloomberg Business Week. C’N’C Costume International, Eastpak, Hermes, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel, and Urban Outfitters and many more distinguished brands comprise his impressive portfolio.
Partial proceeds of sales will benefit the James Ott Memorial Scholarship at DAAP. While in Cincinnati, Engman will also conduct a workshop on Photographic Collage for the students at Ott’s alma mater. #FotoFocus2014.
Located in the heart of O’Bryonville, Phyllis Weston Gallery specializes in original paintings, prints, and works on paper from the 19th – 21st centuries. With more than 60 years of combined experience selling fine art, Phyllis Weston Gallery has a reputation for building elegant and timeless collections.