Pacific Coast Gallery is honored to represent Charlie Leal. Charlie is a multifaceted artist, and his paintings have been featured in films including Elyse starring Anthony Hopkins, Songbird, produced by Michael Bay and starring Demi Moore, and The Starling starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Kline. In addition to his fine art work, Charlie employs his finely tuned aesthetic sense as one of Hollywood’s leading art directors and production designers for movies, television shows and music videos. In this capacity, he has worked with Aquaman director James Wan, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, LL Cool J, Ice Cube and Green Day, as well as brands such as Nike, Coca Cola, Mountain Dew, American Express, Lexus, Saab, Chevrolet, Microsoft, Kellogg’s and McDonald’s.
Charlie’s paintings are collected by many of Hollywood’s top actors and rock stars, and he also works with Portia de Rossi as an artist for her company General Public, which sells reproductions of his work at Restoration Hardware. His work was featured in a group exhibition in Los Angeles (2018) with the seasoned abstract artist Ramone Munoz and actor Titus Welliver. His work has been shown with ceramic artist Patricia Shone at The Stratford Gallery in England (2020).
While making his work, Charlie is mainly concerned with formal painting qualities. Unique graphic forms, color interaction, atmosphere and the application of paint are the content of these works. Their impact toggles the oppositions of thick and thin, expressive gestures and hard to soft edges, leaving behind a lasting impression of his processes. The comingling of techniques describes a powerful synergy between the artist’s hand and the viewer’s experience. The collection of his aesthetic proclivities continually unravels in both thoughtful uses of color and in graphic neutral statements. Many of his works express themes derived from the duality of both catastrophe and beauty.
Charlie graduated from Art Center College of Design, majoring in Illustration and Fine Art. He lives in Monrovia California with his wife Jennifer and their kitten Emi Lou.