Charline von Heyl is a contemporary German painter known for her dynamic abstract works.
Von Heyl’s oeuvre is inspired by both popular culture and art historical references. “My paintings usually hide their traces and their own history,” she has said of her work. “They have weird shifts where you don’t expect them, and at their best they will have an auratic presence despite themselves. It’s not about mystifying anything; it’s about lengthening the time of pleasure. Or torture.” Born in 1960 in Mainz, Germany, she went on to study under the artist Fritz Schwegler at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In the 1980s, she moved to Cologne where she worked alongside prevalent German painters, such as Martin Kippenberger and Christopher Wool between New York, NY and Marfa, TX. Today, her works are held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, among others.
Over the past two decades, Charline von Heyl has created a diverse body of paintings and works on paper.
Combining loose gestures with abstracted forms, geometric references, and occasionally bits of language, Von Heyl shies away from any sense of strict formal composition, opting instead for experimental works that reflect an eclectic approach to materials and form. Employing a variety of techniques, including wiping, sanding, scratching, applying bleeds and washes, and taping,
Charline von Heyl explores the many possibilities for painting. Similarly, her palette deflects any reliance on a consistent use of color, and a survey of her work reveals a spectrum of color, from gray-scale and sepia tones to bold pinks, yellows, and blues.Von Heyl has been the subject of solo exhibitions at numerous notable institutions including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Tate Liverpool, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Vienna Secession.