|Charline von Heyl|
Von Heyl has the experimental approach without relying on digital images that set her apart from many of todays painters, especially in the UK, where there is, in my view, a lazy predominance in the use of the internet that remains in the final work. That is not to say she hasn't and doesn't use such imagery, but she goes beyond it, working through it, masking, layering, distorting, destroying the imagery, then rebuilding it. Why von Heyl is good, is because of her distinct depth of her working processes, through both drawing and studio practice often reminiscent of both Oehlen and Richter, yet still retaining a lightness to her work, sometimes verging on figuration, but giving us a rich expanded field of the possibilities of abstract painting.
|Charline von Heyl 'Pink Vendetta' 2009 Acrylic & Oil on linen, 82 x 72 inches|
Tate Liverpool Press Text: 'Distinctive, imaginative and always surprising, Charline von Heyl’s work offers a fresh and exciting approach to the world of abstract art. Von Heyl is at the forefront of a new generation of abstract painters who have rejected late modernism’s emphasis on a singular signature style. Charline von Heyl at Tate Liverpool will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK. Featuring forty two of her large canvasses and a number of unique works on paper, the exhibition explores von Heyl’s work from 1990-2011.'