The Virtu Gallery has just released a new limited edition from Charlie Immer. “Eyeball Jog” is the first in a series of releases from Charlie that will be exclusive to the gallery. The print is a Varnished Giclee on Hahnemulhe Bamboo Paper, 10″ x 13″, signed and numbered in an edition of 50. It also comes with a certificate of authenticity. I was also able to interview Charlie, some basic questions and a bit about the print he will be releasing through the Virtu Gallery. Take a look at the print, check out the interview and then head on over to the site.
Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and how you got started in art?
Charlie: My name is Charlie Immer and I am a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. I have been making art since i was very young and I was taught to draw skeletons in pre-school. Which I ran with, picking up sinew, candy and toys all along the way.
What are some of the things (music, movies, etc) that inspired your work?
Charlie: A mix of Charles Calletâ€™s Gobliins soundtrack, a lot of candy, a dash of Slapstick comedy, 80â€™s gore horror films (Return of the living Dead, Puppet Master), and the art that was produced due to early anatomical study.
Can you please Name and tell us a bit about the people that greatly influenced you as an artist.
Charlie: If you are referring to contemporary artists that I look up most then I would say Femka Hiemstra, Travis Lampe, and Chris Buzelli. Femke Hiemstra â€“ I am in awe of her character design skills. Her use of color and composition is also very unique. Travis Lampe â€“ Awesome sense of humor in his pieces and I canâ€™t get enough of the way he paints his characters faces. Chris Buzelli â€“ Amazing Illustrator and the teacher that pushed me the most while I was a student at RISD.
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your paintings, â€œEyeball Jogâ€ and â€œTearing Upâ€?
Charlie: Eyeball Jog â€“ My mischief piece. The great Eyeball robbery. The thrill of the chase. Inspired by my friends and I when we were younger pulling pranks. Though I guess we never ripped any ones eyeball out. Tearing Up â€“ In this piece I imagine a world where violence has no consequences and blood and guts can be appreciated for the beauty and color they spray on the environments around them. The characters a essentially invincible.
Besides the world that you have created, the colors in your work are what really stand out when first looking at your art. Can you tell us a bit about how your style developed, and where those colors came from?
Charlie: I try to render my subjects to look like living candy. My pallet comes from the pastel and jewel colors you find when you study candy. If you couldnâ€™t tell already I eat a lot of it and I imagine that my bone marrow is crystallized sugar at this point. When I am finished with a painting I want it to have a Willy Wonka wallpaper quality, in that the viewer would almost want to lick the piece.