© Charlotte Klobassa, Installationsview, Photo Paul Riedmüller
© Charlotte Klobassa, Installationsview, Photo Paul Riedmüller

breezy, precise, impulsive


Charlotte Klobassa






© Charlotte Klobassa

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m Charlotte and I paint.

Where are you from?


Your style in 3 words?

breezy, precise, impulsive

Scribble10(Shrimp), 80×65, oil on canvas, 2017 © Charlotte Klobassa

Your weakness? Your strength?

Bushy eyebrows. I’m pretty flexible.

What makes you different?

Before I started to paint, I studied fashiondesign. This tought me work ethics and also quite pragmatic ways of doing my research. Both things that are getting me back on track when necessary. As much as I love having limitless opportunities in painting, as well in formal as in operational aspects, this also means constant decision-making throughout the whole process. Adopting a design-based work routine to my needs helps me resume a workflow even if I have no idea what I’m doing yet.

Schale zum Verzehr geeignet, 35x27cm, oil on canvas, 2017 © Charlotte Klobassa

When did you decide to become an artist?

It has always been clear to me that I’ll be an artist. I just had to find the right tools that work best for me.

What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

The process is very unpredictable sometimes. It constantly makes me deal with things, that I didn’t even know existed. Finding balance between taking and losing control over a painting can be truly satisfying.

Scribble9, 120x100cm, oil on canvas, 2017 © Charlotte Klobassa

A few words about your favourite creation?

Usually my favourite piece of work is also my latest, because I can identify best with it.

At the moment I am working on a series called scribbles which is based on found pieces of paper from stationary shops, that people can try out pens on. I’m drawn to those subconscious compositions of strangers, whose intentions exclude any form of ego or calculation. I am copying someone elses free gesture, executing it quite meticulously. By blowing them up onto large scale oil paintings I am giving pathos to the supposedly insignificant. What appears to be abstract is in fact figurative painting.

Scribble11, 210×150, oil on canvas, 2017 © Charlotte Klobassa

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Charline von Heyl, Jacob Lena Knebl and of course my talented friends whom I admire.

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

Like always I’ll find out through the working process. I am fantasizing about taking my paintings into third dimension, maybe incorporating my fashion skills. But let’s see, usually I have an idea and everything turns out different in the end.

I am collaborating with Zeller van Almsick, a great gallery in Vienna, where I’ll have my first solo show in early 2018!

Monstera, 35×27, oil on canvas, 2016 © Charlotte Klobassa

Do you have a vision?

All the time, but they tend to bore me as soon as they get too concrete. More into blurry visions.

2017: Where are we going?

Just finished University, so it’s definitely time for a quick change of location. At the moment I feel like Berlin, but I’m pretty open.

Scribble7 (detail), 2016, 145×220 cm, oil on canvas, Private view #6, installation view, Zeller van Almsick, 2017 courtesy of the artist & Zeller van Almsick Projects, Foto: Julius Unterberger ©2017

Your city’s favourite spots?

Vienna is more about events than about locations. You’ll find me at openings, such as Mauve – an artist run, very fresh offspace in third district, or Galerie Nathalie Halgand, where I’m currently showing in a group exhibition, and then of course Zeller van Almsick! Alte Donau when the sun’s out, Das Neue Schwarz for shopping, Gota for Coffee and Erich for Hangover-Tacos.

Scribble7, 2016, 145×220 cm, oil on canvas, Private view #6, installation view, Zeller van Almsick, 2017 courtesy of the artist & Zeller van Almsick Projects, Foto: Julius Unterberger ©2017

Tell us about your future plans…

Oh I think I answered that above.

Soll ich mir Stirnfransen schneiden?Die Backerln sind das Beste 35x27cm oil on canvas 2017 © Charlotte Klobassa