Charles Carraway is a realist painter and the chair of the Jackson State University Art Department. His paintings often depict empty rooms and architectural elements that concentrate on line, color, depth and light, evoking a sense of tranquility and mystery. His work is also a part of the MMA’s permanent collection.
Charles Carraway is a Jackson native who lives and works in Terry. Architecture and light are prominent in his artworks.
“I am fascinated by the way painting suspends time, and architecture is that which is usually conceived as stable and permanent, meant to last, yet changes in how we experience it as the light changes,” he said. “I enjoy studying the work of other painters, as each has his or her unique way of bringing light into a painting. Light can define, light can emanate, light can convey something unseen; light can be thought of as the aesthetic fingerprint of the artist.”
BFA, Graphic Design, Delta State University; MFA, Painting, Rhode Island School of Design. Mr. Carraway’s paintings are in both corporate and private collections throughout Mississippi and the U.S.