Sovek (1937-2007), an
internationally known and popular award-winning artist began
painting in 1956, when he had the privilege of beginning
a ten year stint of art education. The schools he attended
include The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute
of Technology, Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles
and The Art Student’s League of New York, not to mention
numerous private teachers, all of whom helped contribute
to the artist’s abilities and success.
He wrote six books: Painting
Indoors, Catching Light in Your Oil Paintings, Oil Painting:
Develop Your Natural Ability, Keying Your Paintings, The
Basics, and A Painter’s Tour
de France, the combined effort ensuring him a world-wide reputation.
In addition, Sovek authored pieces, wrote book reviews, magazine
articles, appeared on television, spoken on radio shows,
and has been the subject of numerous magazine, book and newspaper
articles. As a contributing editor to The
he wrote dozens of feature articles. He also authored various
books on drawing, painting and the artistic life through
his own publishing enterprise, The Back
Sovek has an extensive exhibition history, garnered numerous
awards and prizes and was been involved with many of the
leading art organizations around the country including The
Salmagundi Club, The Cincinnati Art Club, The Rockport Art
Association, The Mendocino Art Center and The Provincetown
Art Association. He was also voted an Emeritus Member of
the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America.
Widely traveled, he painted, exhibited, conducted workshops
and judged shows throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico
and numerous countries abroad. Charles Sovek’s paintings
are represented in countless private, corporate and museum
Most recently, Sovek was honored as the subject of a PBS
special entitled “Plein Air Painting
in America.” Part of
a 5-part program, the artist represented New England, focusing
on Cape Cod and its role in plein air painting today. Aside
from New England, Sovek enjoyed painting trips to California,
the Southwest, Paris, France and Venice, Italy, with the
resulting work exhibited at numerous fine art galleries.
Cold weather months were spent painting and writing in his
snug Connecticut home and studio.
Charles Sovek passed away on June 8, 2007.