Charlie Isoe’s pictorial compositions are based largely on his personal experiences and observations he makes of his immediate social surroundings. Isoe left school at the age of sixteen and immersed himself in a world of graffiti, skateboarding, travel, and life on the streets. As he entered his twenties, already well traveled, rich in experiences with highs and broken bones, he went back to attain a high school diploma, and subsequently a Degree in Fine Art. His painterly portraits, which often feature fractured faces and dissolving features — of both humans and animals — are reminiscent of George Condo’s ghoulish figures. Isoe works in paint, but also often disrupts his surfaces with deliberate scratching. Speaking of his pieces, Isoe has said, “They aren’t necessarily like literal representations of exactly what is in front of me… I don’t want to be a camera.”
Charlie Isoe (* 1981 Perth) lives and works in Berlin, Germany.