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Charlie Billingham

London, United Kingdom. 1984
During Luncheon, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm.
Drake, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm
Mallard, 2017. Oil on linen. 210 x 180 cm
Partial view
Ducks' Ditty, 2017. Oil on linen. 50 x 60 cm
The Only Thing, 2017. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 cm
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A Trifle Nervously, 2017. Oil on linen. 70 x 60 cm
Glorious Stirring Sight, 2017. Oil on linen. 80 x 60 cm
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Rosé Catch Up, 2017. Oil on linen. 100 x 80 cm.
The Things That I Forgot To Do, 2016. Oil on linen. 100 x 80 cm
Please, 2017. Oil and acrylic on linen. 180 x 150 cm.
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Please Please Please, 2017
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British painter Charlie Billingham takes imagery from Regency-era satirical prints and drawings, cropping and distorting sections to create new compositions, devoid of the intended political and social meanings of the original illustrations. A rainbow of powdered 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 colourful painted plant pots and house plants, to create decorative, domestic interiors.

Charlie Billingham was born in London in 1984, where he also now lives and works. He 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: Desire Path at Travesía Cuatro Madrid, Spain (2017), Charlie Billingham at Independent Regence 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).

Group shows include: 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).

 

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.
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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.