Charlie Billingham


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Year 2020
Medium Woodblock print on paper
Dimensions 28.2 x 23.2 cm
Top pick Angela Choon, Senior Partner, David Zwirner

About the work

This is the first woodblock print made on Billingham’s new printing press. It is a two layer print, based on a painting that he made for an exhibition last year at the SCAD Museum of Art. The painting was based on a small section of an etching by William Hogarth.

About the artist:

Born 1984 London, Charlie Billingham lives and works in London. Graduated from MA Fine Art and History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh (2008); and Post Graduate diploma at Royal Academy Schools, London (2013).

British artist Charlie Billingham takes cropped sections of imagery from Georgian and Regency-era satirical prints and drawings to make his paintings. Through his cropping and recomposing, he removes the original narratives, isolating particular moments, gestures and expressions, to create new compositions. Through this decontextualisation, the paintings are able to be read with new and ambiguous interpretations. His paintings are often hung on hand painted and printed walls, which are created with stamps made by the artist, based on his watercolour drawings. In 2020 he acquired a printing press and started to make block prints, etchings and monoprints.

Selected solo exhibitions include Hand Gestures, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara (2020-2021); A Rake's Progress, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2020); Cornucopia, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2019); A Well Deserved Break, Park House, Dallas (2019); Desire Path, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2017); Charlie Billingham at Independent Régence presented by Supportico Lopez, Brussels (2017); The Comforts of Bath, Moran Moran, Los Angeles (2016); and Schaulust, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Crowd, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2020); Les Métamorphoses. Jeunes Artistes en Europe, curated by Thomas Delamarre, Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019); Objects to Identify, Moran Moran, Los Angeles (2018); Plant Scenery of the World, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2017); The Coverly Set, Sergent's Daughters, New York (2017); A Scratching Not A Biting, Bureau, New York (2016); and The Funnies, MOT International, Brussels (2015).

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