An artist a day ft. Charlie Askew

This years Oldham Open features over 300 individual pieces from small intricately crafted jewellery to a large 6ft x 6ft mixed media canvas. The remarkable array of mediums, techniques and styles used demonstrates the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople from the Oldham Borough.

To celebrate the opening of the Oldham Open we will be featuring a number of our exhibiting artists as guest bloggers, telling us a little about themselves and their work.

The next fantastic artist to feature as a guest blogger is…

Charlie AskewSelf-portrait by Charlie Askew

  1. Please can you give me a brief introduction about yourself and your work…


I am currently part time employed as a driver at BWL. With the support of my boss, Mr Paul Bancroft, I am also pursuing my dream of being a full time artist, most of my current work is wall murals, portraits/illustration work and tattoo design done via social media sites.

     2. Can you tell me about the work you have  about your inspiration for the piece, is this your usual type of work? What technique have you used and why?

This year I have entered two pieces into the Oldham Open exhibition, the first is ‘Self-portrait’
A piece inspired by a Japanese artist that incorporated the unusual angle/ perspective. I like to incorporate this in my work whenever possible as well as portraying my love for tattoos. Thanks to Matt Buckle for replicating my designs perfectly!

My second piece ‘Coffee history’ is inspired by the opening of ‘Toast’ Saddleworth in the unit next door to me in my driving job. The image is of a 1640’s Dutch east India import ship, one of the first vessels to bring coffee to the UK commercially via Amsterdam, this piece is entirely painted using ground Dutch coffee and water!

     3. Are you working on anything else at the moment?

Currently I’m illustrating a 19 page A3 children’s book plus the cover, a large three person portrait, an owl tattoo design and also planning a couple of surprise Christmas presents too!

    4. What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t make your work without?

Unfortunately these days, reading glasses are a must! Also, I could never use anything other than a scalpel to sharpen a pencil.

    5. When you’re not busy creating what do you like doing in your spare time? Any other hobbies or interests?

This year I have been pushing hard to expand my art career which means any spare time I’ve had has been limited. But one thing I couldn’t do without is a regular visit to see my best friends, Dylan and Tyler.

     6. Which other artists do you admire or inspire your work? (famous or not!)

Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Banksy, Matt buckle, Andy Deblasio and a few others too

     7. What would people be surprised to find out about you?

I am really, really not keen on frogs!

     8. And lastly, do you have any inspiring tips or words to share with everyone?

Don’t ever let anything stand in the way of your dreams. People will always stare…Make it worth their while!

The Oldham Open is on until December 5, be sure to visit to see Charlies work and all of the other submitting artists and makers.

EvaD Ould-Okojie

Access and Interpretation Officer