MIDNIGHT TANGO EXHIBITION, Works by Charles Willmott

by Claire Mitchell 30. January 2012 21:03

The magic of Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace's Midnight Tango appears on canvas!

Renowned figurative painter Charles Willmott was granted special access to two of the stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in order to paint dance sequences from their sell-out Midnight Tango stage show, which is currently at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End.  

Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, Vincent and Flavia take the audience on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city, as danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion combine into a spectacular and explosive live stage show.


Charles Willmott is a renowned artist whose portraits of dancers have been keenly collected for decades. Charles describes himself as a ‘figurative realist’ and as such his paintings are faithful reproductions of his subjects. In the case of Vincent and Flavia, however, he took special care to capture the dancers’ facial features, making them instantly recognisable as the stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Several stages of Charles’ creative process are captured in the show. The resulting exhibition ranges from soft sketches to bold oil paintings that capture all the drama and atmosphere of the Midnight Tango show.

“I’ve enjoyed the great privilege of working with these talented World Argentine Tango Champions, and I thank Vincent and Flavia for re-enacting some of their stunning routines for me,” says Charles.



Born in Stratford-Upon Avon, he is the only son of artist and metal craftsman Hague Willmott and originally studied at the Birmingham College of Art. As a contemporary figurative realist he prepares graphite & charcoal studies before painting in oils.

Charles has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Royal Ballet and dancers Miyako Yoshida and Darcey Bussell. In 2000 and 2003, this dedication to the stage and performance earned him a finalist place in the prestigious Garrick/Milne Prize and today his Works include Portraiture, Female Form and Dance.

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Click here for information about Vincent and Flavia's Midnight Tango show at Aldwych Theatre, London.





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New Year Exhibition at The Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire

by Claire Mitchell 10. January 2012 20:15
To start the New Year in style we have the pleasure in welcoming two well established artists to our exhibition space in The Malvern Theatres, Worcestershire.  

Charles Willmott

Charles is an internationally recognised figurative realist painter. He is the only son of an artist and metal-craftsman and was born in Stratford-upon- Avon.

Charles has been painting since the early 60’s and in the mid to late 80’s he acquired a passion for the Orient and its cultures.  During 1991 his first one-man show was staged at London’s Mall Galleries and was unique in featuring Japan’s national sport, Sumo.

He now works from his studio, attached to his home in Herefordshire. Working with World renowned dancers and other performers, he prepares graphite & charcoal studies before painting in oils. Several of these studies are in this exhibition.

Charles has worked latterly with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Royal Ballet.  In the case of the former, covering a number of productions, including Tim Albery’s Macbeth and Michael Attenborough’s direction of The Herbal Bed.  In the latter, working extensively with principal dancers.

In the years 2000 and 2003 this dedication to the stage and performance achieved him a finalist place in the prestigious Garrick/Milne Prize and today Charles’s work disciplines are divided fairly equally between Portraiture,
Female form and Dance.

But, his true love is with dance, particularly the ballet. In classical roles. He is privileged to have worked with many greats; Darcey Bussell, Miyako Yoshida, Monica Zamora, Kevin O'Hare, Catherine Batcheller and Joe Cipolla amongst others. His admiration for the beauty and grace of dancers has deepened his interest in distilling the essence of the female form.

Charles is currently working with Vincent and Flavia, stars of BBC’s “Strictly”. These stunning works will feature in a brand new exhibition in London at the Knapp Gallery, but will also be on sale through the www.artgallery.co.uk website. View Charles' gallery here.


Sam Westwood

Sam studied his craft full-time, receiving a distinction in Fine Art. Although his work covers a variety of subject matters he is best known for his specialism in iconic portraits and other figurative work.

Sam’s portrait work allows him to immortalise his subjects; capturing an emotion or feeling, frozen in time. He explores the human characteristics that make a person unique. 

Like many other renowned portrait painters, he works to produce more than a mere “likeness”; seeking additionally to uncover the true personality of the subject, allowing the viewer to focus on the subject’s aura. Judge for yourself, how much of the personality shines out of each of these paintings.

The contemporary and incisive portraits on show in this exhibition are all in this mode.

Sam finds the journey of a portrait construction, from start to finish (sometimes a long process of revision) both relaxing and satisfying, helping breathe life into his canvas.

View all of Sam's work here.
















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