British painter Charlie Billingham takes cropped sections of imagery from Regency-era satirical prints and drawings to create new compositions. Through his cropping and recomposing, he empties the narrative content of the original historical satirical source, to isolate particular moments, gestures and expressions. Bulging with color and hedonistic brushwork, the paintings are evacuated of the original meaning and intention of the print, while retaining some of the monstrous, bulbous qualities of his source material. With the imagery decontextualized, the paintings are able to take on their own new, more ambiguous narratives. In reference to the print-making and coloring processes of the original etchings, which were often colored by a range of people at different points in history, in a variety of color ways, Billingham plays with repetition and mirroring. The latter refers to the way etchings are made: the print is a mirror copy of the etched plate. A number of the paintings use the same section of imagery, but with different combinations of colors, as can be seen in the original prints: sometimes a dress is pink, sometimes striped green and white. The paintings are often hung on a new wall-painting created for the exhibition.
Charlie Billingham studied Fine Art and History of Art in Edinburgh (2008) and then Fine Art at the Royal Academy Schools in London (2013).
Recent solo exhibitions include: Cornucopia, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2019); Desire Path at Travesía Cuatro Madrid, Spain (2017), Charlie Billingham at Independent Régence presented by Supportico Lopez, Brussels, BL (2017), The Comforts of Bath, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, USA (2016), Solo presentation with Supportico Lopez, Art Basel Miami, USA (2015), Schaulust, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE (2015).
In 2020 he will present a major solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum in Savannah, Georgia, US.
Group shows include: Les Métamorphoses. Jeunes Artistes en Europe, curated by Thomas Delamarre at Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019); Absolute Éructance, with Charlie Billingham and Nils Alix-Tabeling, Damien & the Love Guru, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Plant Scenery of the World, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK (2017), The Coverly Set, Sergent’s Daughters, New York USA (2017), Figure.Out, Union Gallery, London, UK (2017), Aquel Que Camina Delante, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, MX (2016), Carpet For A Lord, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE (2016), A Scratching Not A Biting, Bureau, New York, USA (2016), The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, UK (2015), The Funnies, MOT International, Brussels, BE (2015), Nobody Home, curated by Gigiotto del Vecchio, A Palazzo, Brescia, IT (2015), The Word Today Serves No One Except To Say To The Grocer Give Me A Pound Of Lentils, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE (2014), Free Time, Emalin, Zuoz, CH (2014), Bloody English, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles, USA (2014), New Order: British Art Today, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013).
His work is part of the permanent collections at Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; Saatchi Collection, UK; Fundación Calosa, Mexico; Ramin Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE; Franks-Suss Collection, London, UK; HSBC Collection, London, UK; and Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico.
MUSEO DE ARTE DE ZAPOPAN, JALISCO, MEXICO | CHARLIE BILLINGHAM
Charlie Billingham will open his solo show Cornucopia at Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) on Sunday, February 3rd. The show will be on view until June 9th, 2019.
RACHOFSKY HOUSE, DALLAS TX | CHARLIE BILLINGHAM
TWO x TWO for Aids and Art is an annual charity auction that will take place at the Rachofsky House in Dallas on the 27th October in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art and amfAR, foundation for research into HIV/AIDS. This year’s edition will count with Charlie Billingham’s work NITS, 2018, for auction.
INVERLEITH HOUSE, EDINBURG | CHARLIE BILLINHAM
The group show where Charlie Billingham takes part, in the Plant Scenery of the World, presented across Inverleith House and the Front Range glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, tries to take the visitors to the theatrical, utopian and naturalistic display of plants under glass. With new context-specific commissions from artists Laura Aldridge, Charlie Billingham, Bobby Niven and Oliver Osborne, these dialogical displays of contemporary art and archival material from RBGE’s collection will examine historical narratives dominated by Western exploration – narratives that have shaped conceptions and preconceptions of “the exotic”, understandings and misunderstandings of other places and views on identity and otherness.