Charlie's Art

Museum of UNNATURAL History

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"When I was growing up in Kentucky, we used to kill all our own meat. My job was to skin it. Since I always felt like I was an artist, (since I was three) it felt terrible that I had to throw away parts that were so beautiful.

"I thought about this for years, and finally got up the nerve to begin using these animal parts on my art - parts that others discarded as waste.

"Whatever it's called; this psychedelic camouflage is beautiful. These unique pieces stand on display in Santa Cruz, California. Please call for a private showing."

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"I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute. I went there on a full scholarship. I got a teaching fellowship at Stanford University. That was in the '60s. Then I gave up the ivy-covered halls for the Day-Glo halls of the Haight-Ashbury. And Now Santa Cruz."

"When I was attending The Kansas City Art Institute, I spoke with a slow southern drawl. People would laugh at me when I spoke. So I started talking like I was educated, like everyone else. I did this for four years. Then when I came to San Francisco in 1966; one night at a party I took some Owsley Acid (LSD). The next day, my hillbilly accent was back and man, did I feel good."

"Real art exists to be used against the established order. A true artist's nature is not to want acceptance. Because once he's accepted, he's understood or approved of, therefore worthless."

"Every true artist is an antisocial being at heart. Not so much because he wants to be – he can't be anything else."

"Doing what I'm afraid to do - that's what art is all about. True art, is subversive; new; dangerous, free and powerful."

"I attended the Kansas City Art Institute on a full scholarship from 1961 - 1965. I was a successful painter, sculptor, and a pipe smoking intellectual on my way to a teaching fellowship at Stanford University. I moved to San Francisco and abandoned the ivied halls of academia for the day-glow streets of psychedelia - Haight Ashbury."