We would like to introduce you to Charles Moore, Auctionata expert in Middle Eastern & South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art.
After earning a degree in archaeology from Nottingham University, Charles joined Bonhams auctioneers in London, as a cataloguer in the Islamic and Indian art department. He soon assumed a major role in the company’s first stand-alone department of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern and South Asian art, and as a specialist was involved in taking consignments, researching and valuing works of art for auctions in London, the Middle East and New York.
A highlight during this time at Bonhams was his involvement in the company’s record-breaking inaugural Dubai sale in March 2008. This landmark sale totaled over $14 million dollars and broke 33 artists’ auction records. It remains one of Bonhams’ most successful auctions to date and was also the first time a work by a contemporary Iranian artist sold for more than $1 million dollars (Farhad Moshiri’s Eshgh).
In late 2010, Charles established his own London-based art consultancy company, and is currently working with Grosvenor Vadehra, a major Indian art gallery, also based in London.
Of particular interest to Charles is the work of the ‘Progressive Artists Group’. Founded in Bombay in 1949, this group of artists - Francis Newton Souza, Syed Haider Raza and Maqbool Fida Husain among others - is credited with bringing modernism and a new dynamic to the somewhat stale artistic scene found in post-independence India.
Another area of interest is modern Iraqi art, particularly the work of Jewad Selim. Selim was the father of modern Arab art, an innovator and true craftsman whose pioneering work influenced a generation of Iraqi artists before his untimely death in 1961. Charles is most proud to have discovered an important and previously un-catalogued sculpture by Jewad Selim in North London.
Charles Moore lives and works in London.