Born in London in 1970, Charly Wrencher always had a natural artistic ability, drawing and painting for as long as he can remember. His family moved to Australia when he was 11 years old. Moving from "grey london" to "technicolour Australia" had a profound impact on Charly, who was brought up in a creative family of photographers and animators.
He trained at Sydney's National Art School at a time when conceptual art was avant garde. "But I was anti-conceptual. My work is more about feeling and human expression rather than ideas. Art school was about making the art, not the intellectual side of it."
"Each piece is a story within a story, and the pieces reflect my moods, my reaction to life. The emotions within my paintings are joy, anger, bliss.. every emotion. Leaving areas unfinished allows the viewer to ponder on the negative spaces, and allow the other areas to fulfil the richness of his work.
A keen surfer, Charly, his wife Jane, and their four children live in a Queenslander set on their picturesque 68-acre Friday Hut Road property. In the midst of this pastoral paradise is "The Hut" (Charly's studio) which fronts onto the familiar green rolling hills of the Byron hinterland.
Charly's work expresses an honesty, as does he. He likes to think that art should sell itself. "You either like it or you don't."