Charles Leslie Gilchrist was born in Wichita Kansas on June 17, 1940 at 12:04 PM. He showed marked artistic talents at a very early age, drawing and painting constantly. His artistic career really began at the age of four, as he was already convinced of his life's path.
His formal art education began at the age of 11 (1951). He was the youngest student ever taken by Genevieve Ingram Frickle, a well known portrait and landscape painter, living, working and teaching in Wichita. She developed his natural drawing talent and taught him to see as an artist.
In 1954, the family moved to the Chicago area (Park Forest, Illinois) and Charles graduated from Rich Township High School in 1958.
He attended Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin) for two years as a Fine Arts major.
He returned to Chicago where, for the next two years, Charles supported himself as a Truck Mechanic. His serious pursuit became the building and driving of race cars; Drag Racing Cars, Go Karts and Sprint Cars. He was instantly successfully, competitive on a national basis, and was being courted to turn professional with an offer of a hot Sprint Car ride (USAC Midget). But the deeper dream of making art returned.
Charles then left his success as an engine builder and driver, and relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. He enrolled at the "Cleveland Institute Of Art," was accepted, and studied there for two years.
Mary Margaret Morris (Chicago girl) and Charles were married in 1962. His first job as a professional artist (1963) involved the silk screen business where he began by hand cutting photo stencils. The photographic aspects of the silk screen business fascinated Charles and after a few years of study he changed his profession to photography. Now with two children (Shawn and Lisa) he spent the rest of the 60's perfecting various levels of Portrait Photography.
During the late 60's mid 70's, Charles worked on the side as a professional racing photographer and made thousands of fantastic racing images. He is still involved with racing and sports photography.
In 1972, Charles' second son was born (Charles Patrick Gilchrist) and he also reentered the Cleveland Institute Of Art, and, while working full time as a commercial photographer by day, graduated (1977) from the night school program with a 5 point average, majoring in Intaglio print making. Through his studies, Charles discovered the classical concepts of open-eyed meditation and began to create Mandalas as a transcendental path to self discovery.
In 1978, Charles formed his own commercial photography business (Gilchrist Photography) located in an old warehouse building.
In 1980, Charles closed this studio and dissolved "Gilchrist Photography" in order to take a senior executive position with the May Company. He was in charge of the in-house photography studio which produced hundreds of fashion and hard line catalogs, and thousands of newspaper ads). While working for the May Company, Charles developed his own personal studio, a loft located on the top floor of the Bradley Building (Cleveland Warehouse District).
In 1982, Charles ended this position with the May Company in order to form a new business (G Plus Studios). Charles designed G Plus Studios to support a more serious pursuit of his personal creative work which he had been avidly pursuing from the beginning. During the 80's, he worked in numerous media including Photography, Graphic Design, Print Making. Drawing, Mixed Media and Painting.
In 1989, Gilchrist dissolved "G Plus Studios," and relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, pursuing a full time "Fine Arts" career in the South West. While working and living there, four local galleries combined to sell about 3 dozen Gilchrist acrylic paintings (Mandalas) but family and financial problems forced changes.
In 1991, Charles briefly relocated to the gulf coast of Florida and then moved back to Cleveland, Ohio where he met Pamela Dickens.
In 1995, Charles married his third wife, Pamela and relocated to an old farm in Medina, Ohio (their hermitage). In the late 90's, Pam contracted breast cancer and passed away April 7th, 2000. This was a tragic loss for us all. Pamela Gilchrist was a gifted and well known professional Astrologer with over 2000 clients nation wide.
Charles (now back in Cleveland) continues to produce volumes of work in mutable media including Mandalas and photography. He is collected by numerous patrons. One of his most extraordinary commissions (1996) was for a group of 48 paintings (Mandalas based on sacred geometric icons) which are hung in the new headquarters building of the company "Corporate Express," located in Broomfield, Colorado.
In 2001, Charles became interested in producing and editing documentary film and video, working with Kevin P. Miller. Mr. Miler is an award wining writer producer with numerous film credits including "Let Truth Be The Bias," "We become Silent," and his new film. "Generation RX". Charles was the associate producer/editor on We Become Silent and Generation RX.
In September 2007, Charles launched his first Video Workshop on Sacred Geometry, choosing YouTube to introduce his understanding of Mandala and Sacred Geometry to the world in video form (CGimaging). Look for more fresh work coming soon.
We at manage this site and have reproduced an poster, several limited editions, and numerous Fine Art Prints based on Gilchrist Mandalas and Photography. We are introducing Mr. Gilchrist's brilliant work to his constantly growing audience.