Charles Printz (born Boston, MA 1983) lives and works in New York City and Los Angeles, focusing on a hybrid of painting and collage. Printz utilizes oils, acrylics, spray paint, photo-collage and resin as a layering process to construct charged visceral space. He builds up paint and paper in multiple layers, crafting and anachronistically appropriating images from history and nature to construct new narratives and identities. The artist renders the drama of line set within large-scale formats. His additional combination of color opposites creates a built-up, visual density that renders massive depth and a sense of movement which appears hypnotic, transfixing and monolithic. Printz’s paintings hover between figuration and abstraction, leaving color as the point of entry into each piece.
The artist’s new Which Coast-series plunges deep into the mix of thick paint with collage that contrast countless images from popular culture, setting them into new contexts. Printz plays with the notion of abstraction, arranging familiar forms in a random, non-sequential format which reveal his interest in the reworking of and commenting on specific histories, biographies, art historical works, and the artistic process at large by combining it into a lexicon of imagery, assembled to reveal certain contemporary cultural truths.
Printz has been exhibiting art in solo and group exhibitions since 2008. In 2011 Charles Printz had two solo shows, Samurai Rabbi at the Orchard Windows Gallery located in New York’s Lower East Side and Lincoln’s Death in Three Acts at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn. In 2010 he was awarded both The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Grant and The Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Fellowship at the National Academy and in 2011, The Puffin Foundation Grant. Since 2008 Charles Printz’s work has appeared in numerous group shows. Orchard Windows Gallery hosted Brando 2012 a solo show of that took place in May 2012. a His works were last seen at NADA NYC in the booth of AS | ARTISTS STUDIOS in 2013. Barbara O’Brian, Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, has selected the artist’s work to appear in the latest edition of Studio Visit Magazine. A larger selection of Printz’s paintings will be published in New American Paintings.
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