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Charlie Billingham

Through a range of subjects usually rooted in history and tradition, Charlie Billingham’s practice honors and questions painting and its legacy, simultaneously. Accordingly, he looks to personal and shared experiences as a source for his visual concepts. His imagery often derives from satirical prints of the late 18th and early 19th century, now redefined by a 21st century appropriation. His technical approach focuses on pigment, texture, and surface. He uses acrylic, oil, or both, applying the paint to polyester, linen, tapestry, canvas, or wood panel, depending on his desired outcome. Beyond his broad understanding of the medium, his gestures and compositions demonstrate how painting possesses the ability to be completely subjective.

Charlie Billingham (b. 1984, London, UK) lives and works in London, UK. He completed his joint honors MA at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in 2008, and received a postgraduate degree from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include: Hand Gestures, Travesia Cuatro Guadalajara, Mexico (2021); A Rake’s Progress, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, US (2020); Cornucopia, MAZ Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2019); A Well Deserved Break, Park House, Dallas, US (2019); Desire Path at Travesía Cuatro Madrid, Spain (2017); and Charlie Billingham at Independent Régence presented by Supportico Lopez, Brussels, BL (2017). His work has been included in several group exhibitions, such as Crowd, Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2020); Les Métamorphoses. Jeunes Artistes en Europe, curated by Thomas Delamarre at Fondation Cartier, Paris (2019); Objects to Identify, Moran Moran, Los Angeles, USA (2018); 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); and The Coverly Set, Sergent’s Daughters, New York USA (2017). His work is part of the permanent collections at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR; David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK; Cini Foundation, Venice, IT; Saatchi Collection, UK; Fundación Calosa, MX; Ramin Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, UAE; Franks-Suss Collection, London, UK; HSBC Collection, London, UK; and Pérez Simón Collection, Mexico City, MX.

Artworks

Charlie Billingham
Ten Fingers, 2018
Oil on linen
70.75 x 59 inches
(180 x 150 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
The Empire of the Passions, 2016
Oil on polyester
70.5 x 80.5 inches
(180 x 205 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Always Cheerful But Never Merry, 2016
Oil on linen
70.75 x 59 inches
(180 x 150 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Love in Bath, 2016
Oil on linen
70.75 x 59 inches
(180 x 150 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
High Dive, 2016
Oil on linen, and tapestry
112 x 83.5 inches
(284.5 x 212 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Reflection, 2016
Oil on linen, and tapestry
112 x 83.5 inches
(284.5 x 212 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Had She Had Had, 2016
Oil on five canvas panels
72.75 x 128 inches
(185 x 325 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Fancy Free, 2016
Jesmonite, plaster, expanding foam, wire mesh, and tapestry
31 x 114 x 165 inches
(79 x 289 x 734 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Footloose, 2016
Jesmonite, plaster, expanding foam, wire mesh, wood, lead, and tapestry
29 x 114 x 165 inches
(73.5 x 289 x 734 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Unforced Error 2, 2015
Oil on linen
39.5 x 31.5 inches
(100 x 80 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Still Dancing, 2016
Oil on linen
47.5 x 35.5 inches
(120 x 90 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Bum 12, 2013-15
Oil on polyester
39.5 x 31.5 inches
(100 x 80 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Love in Bath, 2016
Oil on linen
47.5 x 35.5 inches
(120 x 90 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Promenade 3, 2015
Oil on linen
39.5 x 31.5 inches
(100 x 80 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Charlie Billingham
Slow Dance, 2016
Oil and spray paint on linen
39.5 x 31.5 inches
(100 x 80 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán