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Charles A. Wells, , Jr.

Obituary for Charles A. Wells, , Jr.

October 31, 2017
Newtown, Pennsylvania


Charles A. Wells, Jr., 81, noted printmaker and sculptor of Newtown, PA, passed away on October 31, 2017. Beloved husband of Margaret Diana Greig Wells. Loving father of Colin Wells, Aaron Wells (Elizabeth), Sebastian Bees, Brooke Wells (Amy) and Hunter Wells, and grandfather of Simon, Andy, Theo, Harry, Sophia and Spencer.
After studying as an apprentice with the master printmaker and sculptor Leonard Baskin, Wells won two fellowships that allowed him to work alongside the great carvers in Italy. His sculpture evolved over a 30-year period from stone heads, torsos, and figures, to large-scale wooden pieces, to a synthesis of the two, using media that ranged from woods like cherry to white marble. His austere angel-like figures often appear to be emerging from their folded wings, unlike earlier crouching or recumbent figures. Wells's favorite medium was stone, although he took pleasure in working with local hardwoods. Incised lines often appear on his sculpture, and this fascination with the depiction of lines carries over into his etchings, which are most often portraits. Wells exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad and is represented in the permanent collections of MIT, the Library of Congress, the National Portrait Gallery, the Whitney Museum, and Nelson Rockefeller. His work was also featured in The Rodin Legacy in conjunction with Rodin: The Human Experience Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections, an exhibition at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA in 2015. He was a fellow of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Rome.
Wells was an accomplished guitarist and songwriter and enjoyed playing around Bucks County with his band, Winterhill. A memorial will be held at Newtown Friends Meeting, 219 Court St, Newtown, PA 18940 on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 1PM. Life Celebration services provided by Swartz Givnish of Newtown 215-968-3891.

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