Thursday, 3 October 2013

(Painter) Charline von Heyl

Painters are dependant upon visual (more often of not), and upon colour and even surface. Charlene von Heyl is one of these painters who in particular stands as out as one who breaks rules, or at least rules within painting, and even goes as far as changing the way she paints, what she paints and what her paintings are examining.
She is an abstract painter, whose approach to painting is interesting and lively. She is a German artist whose approach to abstract painting is not conventional (Butler, 2013). Instead of seeking to represent objects by shapes and motifs, she seeks for her paintings to create their own shapes - completely separate from the real world shapes that we might be able to recognise (Institute of Contemporary Art, 2012).

The painting below has pointedly sourced pattern in the form of the black and white stripes, which then alternate as black and purple stripes. So they are valid as they push through ideas of pattern being consistent. Repeating idea of shapes not being exact in their properties of colour.
The use of the purple and dusty yellow/golden colour is an interesting comparison of colours. The white and black continues on one side and the river of paint that seems to bleed down the painting simply re-iterates the importance of painting processes and marks, which become so pattern like in shape and in their repetition.   
(Institute of Contemporary Art, 2012)

Heyl's method of tearing into magazines then putting them together with papers stained by ink, photocopied upon etc. She works intuitively, working on paper or painting until shapes that look like things begin to look like nothing - becoming something completely different (W Magazine, 2013). Personally I still see things in some of her collages - patterns and shapes that is, not physical real life objects (no toasters or kettles so far).    
Also Heyl states in an interview with BOMB magazine (an interview magazine) (20 that she can't remember things such as faces for long and so ends up kind of restarting. I try to remember things/pattern and surfaces as they inform me. I collect stuff. Hence
the blog. Its interesting to see how painters think.


Butler, S. (2010) 'Who is Charline von Heyl', Two Coats of Paint, 19th April 2010. Available at: (Accessed: 30th September 2013). 

Butler, S. (2013) 'Charline von Heyl takes on Ellsworth Kelly at the Worcester Art Museum', Two Coats of Paint, 13th November 2010. Available at: (Accessed: 30th September 2013).

Institute of Contemporary Art (2013) Charline von Heyl. Available at: (Accessed: 30th September 2013).

W Magazine (2013) Charline von Heyl: In the Abstract, 19th August 2013. Available at: (Accessed: 30th September 2013).
Kaneda, S. (2010) Interview with Charline von Heyl by Shirley Kaneda, BOMB magazine, Autumn 2010. Available at: (Accessed: 30th September 2013)