Charlene Knowlton's painting and painting installations deal with the layering of cultural pattern and symbols. She juxtaposes this language from different times and places, creating a rich visual dialogue that draws on our shred experience of cultural recognition. She often uses unusual formats to charge her imagery with a particular context. Her many sources include tribal pattern, classical European motifs, wallpaper scenes and patterns, and images from the media. She ties together this disparate imagery with her beatiful and energetic handling of paint and mixed media.

Knowlton lives and works in Los Angeles. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the country. She is the recipient of a National Endowment Fellowship in painting.