von Heyl, Charline Bait Ball, 2017
acrylic paint, spray paint and charcoal on linen image measurements: 218,5 x 208,5 x 4 cm © Charline von Heyl Courtesy: Capitain Petzel, Berlin Photo: Jens Ziehe

About the work

Charline von Heyl’s images often have funny or irritation titles which the artist finds when reading or working. The title Bait Ball refers to the term used by fishermen which amplifies the association with the form of fish that seem to emerge from the abstract forms. This play with the borders between abstraction and figuration is typical of Charline von Heyl’s work. At the same time the viewer himself is “baited” by the extreme compaction and rotation of geometrical forms that pull him towards the center of the image.

About the artist

Charline von Heyl
born 1960 in Mainz
lives and works in New York and Marfa

Charline von Heyl became first known for her large-scale colour intensive pieces which explore the possibilities of painting. She studied at Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg with Jörg Immendorff as well as at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf with Fritz Schwegler. In 1996 she moved to New York where she still lives and works.

In her paintings Charline von Heyl creates energetic worlds of form and colour that capture the viewer with their different overlapping and adjoining layers. Seemingly abstract, but nonetheless drawn into the figurative through sketches and silhouettes, but also entire objects, their interpretation changes with each viewing. Painting as stylistic medium does not seem to exist. Brushstrokes are indiscernible and impart the impression of a print.