Charlie Oscar Patterson’s bright geometric wall-pieces play with the distinction between painting and sculpture, experimenting with lines and spatial boundaries in a manner which is somehow simultaneously minimalist and exuberant. He has long been influenced by music, listening and responding to his favourite pieces as he creates his art. However, his more recent work takes his musical interest further, so that he views his artworks as instruments in themselves – experimenting with and interpreting light instead of sound. We chat to him about how his work is evolving, his London solo show last summer, and his plans for 2020.
Tell us about your workspace and your creative routines.
I am based in Kent – I’ve moved back to the area I grew up in after seven years in London and have actually just moved house. The plan is to build a new studio, but for the moment I’m in the spare room. I don’t really have a routine, but most days consist of building new frames or painting – I usually have several things on the go. And we have three dogs, so they get me out and about every day. There are some great sights hidden away in our area, especially if you like walking or bird watching – we’ve even had flamingoes migrate to the local natural pools.
You started off as a graphic designer. How did you move into your current art practice?
Graphic design was my introduction into the creative world. I’ve always drawn and made things, but I had never really considered art as a career choice. It wasn’t until I started telling people that I wanted to paint murals and do large-scale works that I realised it was something I could actually pursue. During my last job as a designer at Studio Moross, I was also getting commissioned to do murals for offices and retail stores and it got to the point where I didn’t have the time to do both, so when the time felt right, I left. In the beginning, I concentrated on discovering my style and exploring exactly what it was I wanted to make. My work had always been quite graphic – colourful and geometric, but I knew I wanted to push it in a new direction. I’ve always loved building things, so I experimented with cutting pieces out of wood and then began to make shaped frames and stretch canvas over them.