I did not catch the email of 27th December from Richard Pikesley until yesterday and it’s devastating:
the sudden death of Charlotte Ardizzone.
I don’t have the facility to wax eloquent about art and I leave it to someone who can do her justice to talk about her life and work but I have always had great admiration for her paintings. Charlotte had the ability to do what we all talk about. To put down simply what is needed which she did with a brilliant confidence and yet sensitivity. She had an understanding of the importance of space and her work had that fresh air in it that Sisley showed us. She did not fuss but I think what made her such a great painter is that she did not show off. She made beautiful brave paintings quietly. I knew Charlotte only via committee meetings and critics’ lunches over the years and her direct manner in her painting was clearly an honest reflection of herself. She said what she thought and how it was and I always found her wonderfully devoid of airs and graces and refreshing to talk to. I loved the fact that she used to say ‘mate’ and enjoyed sneaking outside for a roll up. The New English Art Club has suffered a great loss, that of a brilliant talent and a wonderful character.
Our thoughts are with Emily her daughter and all her family and friends.