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After discovering Charley’s work via the wonderful charity Hospital Rooms, I was excited to visit her South Bermondsey studio. Charley’s paintings are very striking in their combination of clashing elements: she paints with bold strokes of colour and layers this with digital components, grids, glitchy symbols - many very familiar to viewers in this digital age.
Charley says “By remixing the things that I’ve consumed visually and putting them onto a canvas I make fantastical worlds where intuitive smears of paint co-exist with hard-edged geometry, and the language of Modernist painting meets the everyday aesthetics of screen culture to make something new but strangely familiar. I believe that everyone should have a place to belong and if you don’t fit into the real world, you have the power to make your own.’
The world that Charley has created clearly appeals to many - she has exhibited internationally - at Saatchi Gallery and the Hauser & Wirth Showroom in London as well as galleries in Rome, Yantai, New York and Gdansk. Her clients include House of Vans, Facebook, ITV - and the amazing charity Hospital Rooms. Charley has a PhD in Fine Art Theory and Practice, she is a peer reviewer for The Journal of Contemporary Painting and on the editorial board of Turps Banana. She is a visiting tutor in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School, a visiting painting mentor at Turps Art School and a Postgraduate Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts London.
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