"Some of them are sad, some funny. Some of them are stories of madness, of violence. Some are ordinary. Yet they all have about them a sense of mystery. The mystery of life. Sometimes, the mystery of death"

- Twin Peaks

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Charlie Wayne
b. 1975, France
Lives and works in Lille, France.
Social networks: @IamCharlieWayne

Education

Former neuroscientist (PhD)

Museum of Modern Art, New-York city
“Seeing Through Photographs” course

Centre national d’art et de culture, Paris
“Contemporary and modern art” course,

Centre d’Arts plastiques et visuels, Lille
Serigraphy course with M Janusz Stega

Artist statement

Through my work, I question the identity and the place of reality in a world where fame, image and marketing are kings. The accumulation and proliferation of photographs in my artworks question the power of images in our society and echo the mass consumption mechanisms of our world.

I draw my material in fragments of real life, Internet imagery, newspapers, magazines, movies… I plan on my studio wall, and I photograph from various angles in order to symbolically capture their energy in the manner of souls thieves.

Imperfects like humans, deformed by the camera angle, more or less intense according to the exposure, I use these hundreds of pictures as many pixels I assemble in mosaic to recreate the final image.

By this means imposing a double reading, I invite the viewer to both movement and introspection: if the overall superficial picture is made to be quickly seen at distance (as we sometimes fly over our own life), the deeper meaning is perceptible as we approach it, until we touch the real.

Each work can thus be seen as a lighting of the duality of the human, between image and identity, between passive consumption and a quest for truth.

#AestheticViolence #MementoMori #MelancholicIdols #HumanPsyche

Short biography

Charlie Wayne (France, 1975) is a visual artist obsessed by the place of reality in a world where image is queen. His childhood was marked by periods when his health forced him to stay home. He fills the time and solitude by drawing, painting, and writing and with music. His fascination for photography arises from feelings experienced at the age of 14 when he discovers the work of photographer Anton Corbijn for the Depeche Mode band’s World Violation Tour.

Teenager, his parents give him his first Polaroid camera, which probably led to his affection for the square format. His passion for music brings him to concert halls where he gains his first recognition as a photographer. While leading a scientific career, creating artworks that he keeps confidential is a loophole. Now a professional artist, his influences and inspirations evolve along the highlights of a life where late adolescent crisis and early midlife crisis merge …

Often made with double reading, his work is inspired by pop culture and seduces with its dark new wave aesthetics. In his mind, Charles Manson, murderous star-made icon appears composed with the faces of its victims often relegated to the media plan, while the mythical and erotic Marilyn permeates from little Norma Jeane faces, careless, before she was bruised by fame and the highest levels of political influence. Monaco and London contemporary art prize nominee, his work about aesthetic violence, memento mori and human psyche has been shown worldwide including New York City, Bogota, Seoul and Berlin.

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Selected exhibitions & publications

10_2018 
> Monaco Contemporary Art Prize Laureate, Focus Prize GemlucArt.

08_2018 
> Food & Love, art book, food and ed. Berlin

03_2018 
> Collective show, the labyrinth, Palazo Ca’Zanardi, Venice

12_2017
> Contemporary art book – Artist statement #2, Cica Press Edition, South Korea

11_2017
> Average art magazine, November issue, AAM Ed., Liverpool, UK

10_2017
> David Lynch and twin peaks art exhibition, Hornsey town hall art centre, London, UK
> Collective show, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

08_2017
> Law of identity, the Eightwonder Prize, collective show, Bath art center, Bath, UK

11_2017
> Average art magazine, November issue, AAM Ed., Liverpool, UK
> Contemporary art book – Artist statement #2, Cica Press Edition, South Korea

10_2017
> David Lynch and twin peaks art exhibition, Hornsey town hall art centre, London, UK
> Collective show, CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea

08_2017
> Law of identity, the Eightwonder Prize, collective show, Bath art center, Bath, UK

04_2017
> 40 years of Punk – collage art book Prophit Art Ed., Germany

03_2017
> Objectified, collective show, Czong institute of contemporary art, South Korea

11_2016
> Fragmented identities, collective show Jorge Jurado Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
> Kurt – A portrait of Kurt Cobain by Charlie Wayne
Used for a billboard campaign for Artnolens network, Luxembourg

10_2016
> GemlucArt, International Monaco Contemporary Art Official selection, collective show & exhibition Auditorium Rainier III, Monaco
> Future landscape, collective show Venice Art House, Venice, Italy

07_2016
> The face of freedom, Teutloff Museum Photo Award Bielefeld, Germany

04_2016
> TEA, collective show, Trygve Lie Gallery, New York City, USA

01_2016
> Le plus grand concours photo du monde, Photo, le Semi-finalist online exhibition photo.fr, France

10_2015
> Occidere Mundi – Cover art and booklet design A7ie, Advoxya Records, Austria

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