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Charlie Billingham

London, United Kingdom. 1984

A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools in London, British painter Charlie Billingham takes imagery from Regency-era satirical prints and drawings, cropping and distorting sections to create new compositions, devoid of the intented political and social meanings of the original illustrations. A rainbow of powered wigs, plumed bonnets, sagging britches and full-figured bottoms dance across his paintings. The canvases, which are sometimes hinged together to make folding screens, are often hung on block printed wall paintings and alongside colorful painted plant pots and house plants, to create decorative, domestic interiors.


During Luncheon, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm.

Drake, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm

Glorious Stirring Sight, 2017. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 cm

A Trifle Nervously, 2017. Oil on linen. 70 x 60 cm

Rosé Catch Up, 2017. Oil on linen. 100 x 80 cm.

The Only Thing, 2017. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 cm

Ducks' Ditty, 2017. Oil on linen. 50 x 60 cm

2017. Installation view. Travesia Cuatro, Madrid.

Mallard, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm

Detail view Please, 2017. Oil and acrylic on linen. 180 x 150 cm.

Installation view. Frieze 2017, London.