“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.” – Louise Bourgeois

“Triple Play” 2017, acrylic and oil on linen triptych, 34 ½” x 111 ¾”

“Triple Play” is a triptych of acrylic and oil on linen. It is a commissioned work finished this year and now installed in a private home in New Jersey. Its title has several references. In baseball, a triple play is a rare occurrence resulting from a fine tuned coordination of one action to the next. In a similar fashion, the piece is comprised of three panels, each relating to the other and the whole. In addition, only three colors were used in making the painting: titanium white, Prussian blue and burnt umber.

“Four Play” 2015-16, Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI

”Threesome I” and Threesome II”

”Threesome I” and Threesome II” are monotypes of oil based ink and colored pencils on paper. These are one of a kind studies for “Triple Play”.

”Threesome I” 2016, monotype on paper, 9 ½” x 27 3/8”

”Threesome II” 2016 monotype on paper, 9 ½” x 27 3/8”

Charles Yoder’s talk at the Mattatuck Museum 2014

2016 Fall News


Some years ago Charles Yoder found himself in a pine forest standing in deep snow under a clear sky and full moon. 

The beauty of the dark shadows playing across the sparkling white snow had such an effect on him that he changed from “abstraction” to “realism” then and there. Since that night Nature has been the source of all his work. No theories or schools of art dictate the art making.

What was before him, what lay at his feet provided all that he needed.  His work became the meditation on a glimpse.


“Four Play” Panel 1 of 3

His most recent work is “Four Play”, a triptych of  acrylic and oil on linen that measures four foot high by 24 foot long.  In the planning stages for several years and painted in the last nine months, this work will be exhibited for the first time in ArtPrize 2016.  The opening reception will be this September 21st in Grand Rapids, MI. The painting will be shown at the DeVos Place Convention Center at 303 Monroe Avenue NW.  This exhibit will end on October 9th.

This show will run from September 21 to October 9.

 If you are in Grand Rapids during the dates of the event, your vote would be greatly appreciated.

Charles Yoder’s voting number is 62575

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ArtPrize 2016


“Four Play” Panel 2 of 3

“Four Play” is a painting that charts the progression of the four seasons, all contained in the course of a single day.  In this way, Spring is Dawn that becomes Summer as Midday that becomes Autumn as Dusk and then Night as Winter.  Its length allows the viewer to experience the additional dimensions of time and space as they walk from one end to the other. It is literally a “walk in the woods” with the spectator becoming a participant.


“Four Play” Panel 3 of 3

See the video below to view the progression of the painting from start to finish.  It’s an interesting insight into what goes on in the making of a painting.