Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Goodbye Emin, Hello Saatchi; He Can't Draw, He Can't Paint, and Now Charlie Skelton Has an Art Show All of His Own to Prove It

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Goodbye Emin, Hello Saatchi; He Can't Draw, He Can't Paint, and Now Charlie Skelton Has an Art Show All of His Own to Prove It

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Byline: JANE SKELTON

One day, mark my words, there will be an exhibition called Art is Easy. That is the way things are going, my boy. That is the way things are going.

Ezra Pound, 1942.

AND, lo and behold, 59 years later, at a humble gallery off Charlotte Street, Ezra Pound s prediction was proved right. But what the worst poet of the 20th century didn't predict was that the exhibition, Art is Easy, would be put on by the worst artist of the 21st: my brother Charlie.

Something must be up if a person whose artistic skills extend no further than the ability to draw a fair doodle of an angle-poise lamp is filling a West End gallery with his oil paintings. But this is the point: art is now totally egalitarian God knows, if my brother can do it, anyone can. No skills are required, no techniques just a pot of paint and a couple of ideas. And, of course, [pound]300 to hire a gallery space for a week.

As to whether my brother is, as he so modestly claims, ushering in a new epoch of artistic enlightenment, and changing the course of Western art and culture I will leave to Brian Sewell. But one thing is obvious: that the mystery of modern art has finally been exploded. Art, once and for all, has become easy. The exhibition is being held at Colville Place Gallery, which is in a lovely spot, a sort of oasis of calm, tucked below Goodge Street.

(See the map on www.artiseasy.co.uk, where you'll also find a passable representation of an angle-poise lamp).

The entire collection of paintings was slapped together in a week. Indeed, most of the canvases were still wet when they went on the walls. Charlie confessed to me that he had help getting them finished. I wouldn't have got it finished without Hannah, Ben and Josie.

Rembrandt had his school, Warhol had his factory, Hirst has his laboratory I've got my friends .

They re a bit like The Friends of Martin Bell who were in the paper the other day, only they re slightly worse at art. Art is Easy is dominated by slogans.

Slogans, it seems, are very important for the artist who can t paint.

Charlie uses them, Emin uses them. …

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