Born February 27, 1962
The son of Mose Tolliver, Charles, has been painting regularly since l986. “I saw my Daddy painting and when I felt like trying it, he said, “Go ahead,” and encouraged me.” This usually happened on Sunday evenings when his entire family would visit his parent’s Sayre Street home and have a meal together. “We would sit around and paint and talk. When I pick up a paintbrush and look at a board, I just let it flow. I never know what the painting will be. It just comes out.”
Charles Tolliver has been influenced by his father with regard to his art materials but he has a unique style of his own. Imaginative value studies flow from his brush. Works with African overtones as well as themes from the American West reoccur in his work. His love for nature and his fellowman is also apparent in his paintings of animals and plant forms, which bear a resemblance to his father’s earliest works, which Charles recalls, were painted when he was eleven or twelve while living on Morgan Avenue.
Charles looks forward to the day when he can paint full-time. Presently he works six days a week for the city sanitation department and since l991 spends many evenings in his backyard studio painting. He says, “When I get home from work even thought I’m tired, I just can’t get cleaned up and eat until I have painted something. I just don’t feel like a whole person, if I haven’t gotten to paint each day.”