Charlelie Couture - profile

Charlelie Couture /   Charles Elie Bertrand Couture

France 1956

Urban Art, Sculpture, Photography, Painting

Charlelie Couture
Charles Elie Bertrand Couture
November 9, 2015

Charlélie Couture aka CharlElie is a French multidisciplinary visual artist and musician, whose body of work includes photography, music, sculpture, painting and writing. Born in Nancy, France in 1956, CharlElie Graduated from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Nancy. For more than thirty years, the artist has accumulated an incredible amount of a variety of works.

Urban Art

Charlelie Couture - Father and Son, 2014
Charlelie Couture – Father and Son, 2014

CharlElie’s musical career is rich – he has recorded 24 albums of poetic-blues-rock songs, and held over 1500 concerts all around the world. In addition, the artist has also composed fifteen original soundtracks for movies, first of them being the soundtrack for Tchao Pantin (translated as So Long, Stooge), which was nominated for a César Award. From his first albums from the late 70s – 12 Chansons dans la Sciure and Le Pêcheur, to his recently released New YorCœur, Fort rêveur and I m M o r t e l (recorded in 2014), CharlElie managed to obtain successful career and a large number of loyal admirers.

CharlElie’s Paintings

Left Charlelie Couture - Manhole silhouette, 2013, Right Charlelie Couture - Inner portrait in the blue, 2013
Left: Charlelie Couture – Manhole silhouette, 2013 / Right: Charlelie Couture – Inner portrait in the blue, 2013

Apart from his musical endeavors, CharlElie is also an internationally acclaimed visual artist, interested in interconnections between different forms of expression such as photography, sculpture and painting. His works serve as a reflection about human being, and the diverse layers of the personality. As an example, his urban art reflects on big cities such as New York and on a human place amongst the towering landscape of vibrant cities. In addition, the artist creates posters, designs logos, watches, glasses and shoes, and he has published several books of drawings and photographs.

Urban Art

Charlelie Couture - Hurricane, 2014
Charlelie Couture – Hurricane, 2014

In 1981 in Nancy, Charlélie Couture founded Local à Louer – the cooperative group that gathered and linked photographers, painters and poets. For the occasion, he published Art Rock Manifesto in which he stated that “art must make the junction between the functionalism of industrial society and the aspirations of pop culture”. In the same year, CharlElie also launched an art journal named Le Télégramme.

In 2004, Charlélie Couture resettled in New York, and became an American citizen in 2011. Since his first exhibition of drawings and watercolors in Paris, CharlElie’s work has been featured in a number of group and one-man shows throughout Europe and the United States.

He is represented by Artemisia Gallery in New York.

Charlélie Couture aka CharlElie currently lives and works in New York.

Images courtesy of Artemisia Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2012Manhattan - a project with 100 wood sculpturesFranceSolo
2012Big Panel Photo-graffParis LCLSolo
2012CharlElie Black ArtLille ArtfairSolo
2011Re-ConstructionDune Showroom, New York, USASolo
2011Peintures et PhotografsGalerie Naclil, Lille FranceSolo
2011Salon d'Art contemporain StrasbourgGalerie Nomade Monade FranceSolo
2011Salon d'Art contemporain MetzA'del Gallery, Lyon FranceSolo
2011New York BeGalerie W Paris FranceSolo
2011CharlElieAAA Galerie, Nogent sur Marne FranceSolo
2011CharlElieSalon Balt'Art, Nogent sur Marne FranceSolo
2011Permanente exhibitionThe Re Gallery, New York, USASolo
2011Exhibitions Mail ArtSpArtS Gallery ParisGroup
2010Drawings and photografsGalerie Antonio Nardonne, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2010New York on linesGalery A.del, Lyon, Biennale de la photographieSolo
2010Art for a Better WorldMiami, FL, ArtbaselGroup
2010Street Artak street Art FestivalAngersGroup
2010New YorkGalerie W, ParisGroup
2009New York, Photo-GrafsGalerie Beaudoin Lebon, ParisSolo
2009Shower Curtain and PhotosMaison Française, WashingtonSolo
2009Photos New York - Mosaique de PhotoLa Collégiale Saint-André, ChartresSolo
2008Re Construction Paintings and PhotosCrid'Art, Amneville, FranceSolo
2008Art FloorPhotos, Galerie Agnes Martel, SwitzerlandSolo
2008Shower CurtainsACMDM, centre d'Art Contemporain in Perpignan, FranceGroup
2007Re ConstructionGalerie Mourlot, New York (USA)Solo
2007New York Shields %26 PaintingsGalerie O, Vevey, SwitzerlandSolo
2006CrossingsLiving with Art NYC SohoGroup
2005Living with ArtSoho, New YorkSolo
2004French Tuesday Art NightArt Basel MiamiSolo
2004CharlElieGalerie Sparts, rue de Seine ParisSolo
2004CharlElieGalerie Wable, Lille FranceSolo
2003CharlElie - Retrospective ExhibitLaval Museum, FranceSolo
2003CharlElieGallery SOTO Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2002CharlElieMuseum Le Corbusier, SwitzerlandSolo
2000CharlElieLyon, Galerie ChomaratSolo
2000CharlElieGallery Wable, Lille and Boulogne sur MerSolo
2000International Art MarketStrasbourgGroup
1999CharlElieMuseum of Erotism, ParisSolo
1998CharlElieGallery Akka, rue de Seine, Paris, FranceSolo
1997Photo-poemsFondation Nationale de la Photo, Lyon FranceSolo
1997Retrospective of Chambres d'hotels PolaroidsChâteau Lumière, Lyon, FranceSolo
1997Drawings and paintingsGalerie Wable in Boulogne sur MerSolo
1997Eurexpo showGeneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1995Sculptures and drawingsAvignon France Cloitre des ArtsSolo
1995CharlElieGalerie Gastaud, Clermont Ferrand FranceSolo
1994CharlElieGalerie Ziggourat, Brussel, BelgiumSolo
1993Chambres d'hotelsGeneva, Galerie Papiers grasSolo
1993Chambres d'hotelsGalerie Nachbaur, ParisSolo
1991CharlElieGalerie Atsuro Tayama, ParisSolo
1991Australian paintings and photopoemsGalerie Jean D'eve, Neuchatel, SwitzerlandSolo
1985First exhibit in Paris, drawings and watercolors of Chambres d'hotelsGalerie Du Jour - Agnès BSolo
1978Salon des artistes indépendantsParisGroup