“It all began with Basquiat, as I was fascinated by his raw and primal style. His work served as the catalyst when I took my initial leap into the art world.”
Artist Alexander Charriol’s transformative works continuously convey a sense of energy, humour, and most recently, a focus on the human bond. It is this sense of connection that informed his highly acclaimed body of work, ‘Human Flow’, which focuses on the human touch. Its underlying narrative; one of unity within diversity, resonates strongly with Charriol.
After Nyne’s Claire Meadows met Alexander to delve into his nomadic past, the emotions behind his work and what he hopes the future holds on the global art scene.
Born in Hawaii to French parents and raised on three continents…how did this ‘nomadic’ spirit find a home within art?
Exploring art in each unique culture has kept me questioning and constantly curious. Through art I began to express my cultural experiences and was able to absorb, interpret and appreciate the art and its differences with an open mind.
Have you been pleased with the reaction your work has received from audiences in the US?
Yes, very pleased. The US market has a great appreciation for new art. As a culture, Americans are unafraid of taking risks, and are very open to investing in emerging art that appeals to them aesthetically, and that may increase in value relatively quickly.
How do you feel the UK market and audiences are different to other countries you have worked and lived in?
The UK is similar to the American market in that they appreciate innovation and diversity. Collectors in some countries are inclined to collect art solely from their own culture. But in both the US & UK, there is a wonderful sense of embracing a more eclectic and varied range of art.
The first time I saw your work I was instantly reminded of the intimacy of Chagall’s work. Who have been your influences?
It all began with Basquiat, as I was fascinated by his raw and primal style. His work served as the catalyst when I took my initial leap into the art world. I was also influenced by Franz Klein’s exploration of subtraction between black and white to create his overall compositions. And Picasso’s diversity, strength and constant reinvention continue to inspire me.