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Psychedelic Skeletons: Art by Charlie Immer

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Charlie Immer is a Maryland-based artist who paints figurative scenes of psychedelic skeletons and other playfully grotesque subjects. The artist favors a bright color palette and a smooth, tight painting style.

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I really like the aesthetic that Immer has developed in his overall painting practice. While the subject matter of his work tends to be macabre, the images themselves are fun, and even cute. The tension between style and subject matter places these paintings in a very contemporary moment, celebrating a kind of optimistic nihilism.


Immer’s style of painting focuses a lot on texture, as well, though the texture is not always expected. The artist’s skeletal figures are often depicted in movement with impossible bends and curves, creating a rubber-like tactility that belies their boney existence. Shining, dripping wax and slime contrasts with paper fur and skin to create a well-rounded sense of existence in each scene.

A painting of a large skeleton in a darkened spaceOld Bones

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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