About the Artist
Charlenie (Sharl-e-knee) is a self-taught oil painter from Manchester, United Kingdom. Art has been her solace from the moment she picked up her first pencil and paper. After her brave decision to drop out of her Anthropological Research Masters, Charlenie naturally decided it was of the upmost importance for her to pursue a more creatively fulfilling career path; thus Rhymes&Oils organically becoming her livelihood in her mid-twenties.
Rhymes&Oils creates bespoke, concept-driven oil paintings and sells fine quality products, combining her two greatest inspirations of hip-hop (rhymes) and art (oils) and hip-hop. Her signature style is often characterised by the distinct use of a monochromatic palette and mixed media pieces; utilizing A-Zs, torn printed lyrics, or pressed flowers.
Rhymes&Oils believes that anyone can paint a pretty picture but it takes a different way of thinking to create new concepts in a world oversaturated with pre-packaged ideas, compounded by copy and pasted notions of culture. Its ethos has always been an intention to create work of greater surface meaning.
Through commissions, Charlenie quickly gained recognition in the United States, painting custom album covers for underground rappers and producers. Her painted album covers can be seen on Apple Music, Spotify, and SoundCloud. Rhymes&Oils aspires to one day make it into The Dean Collection (of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys), as this is where her two loves of music and art paint the perfect harmony.