Charlotte Lethbridge

Artist Charlotte Lethbridge lives and works in Manhattan. Born in Yonkers, NY, she decided to seriously pursue painting at Bennington College, and eventually transferred to The School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studies under Nancy Chunn and Shirley Irons. Lethbridge has participated in a number of group shows in New York and has been an active member of the Con Artist Collective since May 2014. In addition to art, she has an interest in interior design and textiles.
Her most recent paintings represent an exercise in restraint. Instead of giving into the pull of a painterly and worked surface, she wanted to explore the process differently, looking at every mark and layer and taking the mistakes as they came. Simultaneously, she was studying scenes that were profoundly expressive and pronounced, but not in an immediate way. Rather than faces and figures, she focused on the positions of furniture and interacting lines. This enabled her to depict something she'd always wanted to express - a feeling that is simultaneously quiet and powerful. During 2014, Lethbridge specifically focused on swimming pools, titling the series “Sorry I’m Late." This frequently used phrase captures the paintings’ familiarity and vulnerability and references the role time plays in the paintings, whether it's standing still or creeping by. Absence is another key component of the series. Pools evoke nostalgia of swimming lessons and suburban summers, but left alone they have a compelling stillness, in which Lethbridge found endless depths. A quiet, empty moment caught in a setting that is commonly a place of gathering and action results in an uneasy combination of the familiar, the unseen and the uncertain. The images require the onlooker to doubt any notion of hospitality while being willing to dive in.