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Charlie Roberts

Born in 1984 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Charlie Roberts was born in 1983 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He studied History at the University of Kansas but switched to painting and enrolled to the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Roberts lives and works in Asker, Norway.

Roberts is a polymath, a cultural magpie. His various endeavours cross-pollinate, building myths amongst themselves. Born in the USA, educated in Canada and living in Norway, Roberts works borrow from art-historical and pop cultural sources.

His cramped paintings display the perspectival complexity of ancient Egyptian and Byzantine painting. The contents are stacked one above the other, showing different views simultaneously. They bring to mind Hockney's early paintings and photo collages. Cubism and comic books. The subject matter, utterly contemporary, banal and everyday is at odds with the delicacy of the medium they are made in.

Watercolour on paper, over a painted pink ground which unifies the overall image and brings harmonious tonal order to the chaotic scenarios. His wide-ranging practice also encompasses sculptures roughly carved from chunks of local trees and painted, sitting somewhere between tribal objects, folk art and pop-cultural figures.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
“Sporty Girls” - David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Girl Power - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY

2012
Y.O.L.O. - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
Choppy-World - Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011
Charlie Roberts - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Charlie Roberts - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam

2010
Charlie Roberts - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Let Your Mayne Hang - David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen
Charlie Roberts - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
Charlie Roberts - Balls to the Wall - Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort

2009
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008
Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Charlie Roberts - New Work - Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
FREEDOM WORLD TOUR - Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm
Charlie Roberts: FREEDOM! - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
MAMBO JAMBO: Cabinet of the Cosmos - Rice Gallery, Houston, TX

2007
Charlie Roberts - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY

2006
Charlie Roberts - The Tall Tale of Wade Wood - Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Charlie Roberts - - Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Charlie Roberts - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY

2005
Charlie Roberts - - Blanket Gallery, Vancouver, BC

GROUP SHOWS

2013
The Multiple Show #3 - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
AftermodernisM: Works on Paper - Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
Stacks On Deck - Nina Chanel Abney X Charlie Roberts - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Time Waits for Us - Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm
C//Line up - You said yesterday - tomorrow - Angle gallery, Amsterdam

2012
Zagga Zow - Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON
Extravagant, Shameless, Unlimited - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Summer Show - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Recent Acquisitions - Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Dessins contemporains surréalistes de Rotterdam - collection du musée Boijmans Van Beuningen - Institut Néerlandais, Paris

2011
The Multiple Show - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam
Human Nature - Galería espacio mínimo, Madrid
Thrown Together - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY

2010
We Like 6% - Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam
Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition - Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Description and image GALERIE RICHARD The Incomplete – Paris - GALERIE RICHARD, Paris Send message
Today is yesterday tomorrow - Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm
Spring 2 - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Subject sitting in darkened room is told to watch a dot of light and ... - Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich

2009
Portraits for a New Generation - Nicholas Robinson Gallery (former Briggs Robinson Gallery), New York City, NY
Beautiful/Decay: A to Z - Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007
The Incomplete - CAM - Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, NY
The Incomplete Incomplete - Kravets / Wehby Gallery, New York City, NY
Peter Schuyff & Charlie Roberts - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam

2006
Paint - Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Bestiary - Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
H.O.L.L.A.N.D. Ryan McGinness, Ashley Snow Macomber, Charlie Roberts - VOUS ETES ICI, Amsterdam

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