Charles Irvin

Charles Irvin’s practice taps into the power of both elemental and symbolic imagery, and encompasses painting, drawing, performance, video and sculpture. The artist is an avid surfer, hiker, yogi and meditator, and he draws inspiration from experiences of being alone in nature—such as watching an ocean sunset or meditating deep in a forest. Irvin’s paintings employ brightly colored oil paint in compositions that combine humor with a heavy dose of mystical sci-fi.



Charles Irvin received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois in 1997.

Exhibitions of Irvin’s work have taken place at: the Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg in Luxembourg City; the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California; and IFAC in Athens, Greece.

Irvin’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The artist’s videos are in the Video Data Bank at the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois.

Irvin lives and works in Los Angeles, California.