Steven Charles, ‘All is Forgiven, All is Forgotten’, 2018, Cris Worley Fine Arts
Steven Charles, ‘All is Forgiven, All is Forgotten’, 2018, Cris Worley Fine Arts

About Steven Charles

“Abstract painting is the most confusing dilemma I have encountered. This confusion motivates me,” says Steven Charles, who decided to devote his life to painting at 13 and has been single-mindedly pursuing his passion since the mid-1990s. He works intuitively, often starting with a single mark, like a drip or splash of pigment, and adding such mixed materials as fur or glitter, from which he builds up his compositions. Ranging from small- to large-scale, his works possess thick surfaces that burst with color, pattern, and gesture. For his small-scale pieces, he works rapidly, often on found scraps of wood whose shapes dictate the scope of his compositions. His large-scale works can take him up to three years to complete. In all of them, Charles aims to reflect his high-energy, culturally voracious approach to painting and life.

British, b. 1967, Birkenhead, UK, based in Dallas, TX, USA