Born in Edinburgh, Charles Randak is a graduate from the Glasgow School of Art. His grandfather was an accomplished artist and Charles' most valued possessions are a small selection of books awarded to his grandfather as prizes for his art in 1897 from the Glasgow Master Painters Association along with a couple of his paintings. Family legend has it that he ‘hung out’ in Montmartre in Paris in the early 1900’s.
Charles' painting style is direct, unfussed brush strokes and knife work usually in oils on canvas creating what he calls ‘Statement Pieces’ of a reasonable size where the contrasting textures reflect the reality of the scene and the reality of natures colour palette in front of him – avoiding any artificiality in producing the image.
His primary focus is on the West of Scotland where he has had connections over many years, although his paintings encompass other areas ranging from dance to Italy and the Caribbean.