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Charlie Oscar Patterson working on a painting

LDF16 | In Conversation With Charlie Oscar Patterson

To celebrate The Conran Shop Selfridges' first birthday, we're collaborating with South-London based artist and designer Charlie Oscar Patterson to create a visual masterpiece in our store space. Combining vivid colour and precise form, The Conran Shop Selfridges is set to be revitalised thanks to Charlie's dynamic work. 

From the 19th to the 23rd September, Charlie will be exhibiting his creative prowess in-store as he live-paints a vibrant mural that is to be displayed until mid-October. We spoke to him about his plans for this visual exhibition, the creative process and what great art means to him. 


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Tell us a little bit about your career in art and design.

I studied Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts and now work as a designer at Studio Moross. I do paintings outside of the day job and I'm getting more into murals, which I've always wanted to do. I enjoy making things... I do always think I should have done carpentry, but painting is the one.


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Do you remember the first piece of art that really affected you?

I remember painting some sort of sea creature with my Dad when I was very young and he painted this amazing colourful fish, which in one way pushed me to keep painting, and in another made me realise that if someone can do something better than you, get them to do it.


What does great art mean to you?

I am in to large scale artworks, pieces that you have to look up at and take a step back from to appreciate. Colour is also very important; if an artist can transform a wall or a space with simple use of colour it can completely change the way you feel about that space.


Your work features optical, geometric illusions. Is there something about symmetry that particularly appeals to you?

I'm just really into minimal shapes and colour. I love artists' work that is very delicate and detailed, but I just can't do it. The idea of seeing a giant perfect circle or square on a massive surface is so satisfying.


Your work will be featured in our Selfridges store. How did you adapt your style to the space?

This piece is something I have wanted to paint for a while. I usually work by sketching lots of ideas and then when I get an opportunity to use them they come to life. The blue ultramarine paint is very Conran, which is where we've come together this time, but I'd love to use it more often.


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What is the importance of the striking combinations of colour in your work?

I always tend to go for colours that make each other stand out more; I like colours that slightly clash, but the issue I have found is that people don't want clashing colours in their house or on their street. People need to embrace more bright and striking colours!


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Where does your creative process start? How does it progress?

I only dream in black and white, which usually comes as weird lines and patterns, so I try to sketch anything down that I can remember. I prefer to draw by hand but the computer makes everything geometric so much easier. One day I'll stop using it - doing a small painting as the first sketch is the best way to know if you really like it or not.


What or who would you consider a main inspiration for this work?

Every piece has a different inspiration which is its story. An artwork might appear simply as a square, but it has come from somewhere... whether I have seen something on the street or just been sketching.



Unfortunately London Design Festival 2016 is now over. However, you can find out more about The Conran Shop's events and LDF19 activities here