Charlie Billingham (born 1984, UK) creates highly vibrant and fluid paintings and decorative installations using language borrowed from art, interior design, printmaking, and art history. In his painting practice, for instance, Billingham has been inspired by historical imagery dating to the late 18th and early 19th centuries as well as Georgian and Regency etchings and drawings by Thomas Rowlandson, James Gillray and George Cruikshank. Billingham’s art often features minor characters and animals from such dated cartoons, portrayed in splashy colour combinations. The images might also be cropped or enlarged, rendered either as wallpaper or reversible motifs on canvases, revealing an original and contemporary twist on past iconography.
Billingham received his undergraduate degree from the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and his postgraduate of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Saatchi Gallery London, the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh and the Edinburgh College of Art, among other institutions. Billingham lives and works in London. His work is part of the Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy; the Franks Suss Collection, London and Hong Kong; the Saatchi Collection, London; and the HSBC Collection, London.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2017 Desire Path, Travesía cuatro, Madrid, ES 2017 Charlie Billingham and Zin Taylor, presented by Supportico Lopez, Independent Regénce, Brussels 2016 The Comforts of Bath, Moran Bondaroff, Los Angeles 2015 2016 Schaulust, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, DE 2014 Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT 2014 Tender 2 The Sunshine Room, OHWOW, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Tender, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK Coming Out, Royal Academy, London, UK 2013 Coming Out, Royal Academy, London, UK 2012 Hunting Dogs, Hunting Cats, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Surrey, UK
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