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SELECTED WORKS BY Charlie Billingham

Wigged Bum (Yellow Dot)
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum (Yellow Dot)

2012

Oil and acrylic on conservation polyester

100 x 85 cm
Although we can identify things in Charlie Billingham’s work as part of a certain idea of the past – baggy britches, towering wigs, swags of jewellery, vaguely scatological humour – their presentation (in bits, in fragments) suggests a kind of dispersal, a refusal to fully cohere. Billingham holds the bits at bay: the past stays past. Late 18th and early 19th century motifs – big Regency bums in wigs or britches; bonnets with cascading feathers; big-buttoned waistcoats – are repeated in an array of decorative colours, either as wallpaper or as reversible motifs on canvases.
Wigged Bum 2
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum 2

2012

Oil and acrylic on conservation polyester

100 x 85 cm
That repetition, the past becoming décor, is a part of Billingham’s idea of history: that it becomes, for us, a disconnected thing, a sequence of changing tastes, a theme for a costume party. Billingham’s motifs derive from the satirical prints of the late 18th/early 19th century caricaturists Cruikshank and Gillray, whose works were themselves designed for mass reproduction; by transforming them into painting, Billingham subtracts their political specificity and treats them instead as what the artist calls “a symbol of a certain type of taste”.
Bum 2
Charlie Billingham
Bum 2

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
In A Voluptuary under the horrors of Digestion, Gillray’s satirical 1792 image of the Prince Regent (known in his time as “the Prince of Whales”) is stretched into near-abstraction, its speckles of dripped colour a reminder of Billingham’s historical distancing: print becoming paint. A six-leaf folding screen, meanwhile, composed of the bottom halves (front and back) of three different paintings of the Three Graces, with images of fountains on the other side, seems concerned with lost ideals of beauty. Their rendering – loose, gestural, vague – is part of their sense of absence: they’re not quite here.
Bum 3
Charlie Billingham
Bum 3

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
3 Graces/Fountains Screen
Charlie Billingham
3 Graces/Fountains Screen

2012

6 leaf folding screen consisting of 12 oil paintings on canvas, hard wood frame, brass hinges

172 x 348 cm
A Voluptuary Under The Horrors Of Digestion
Charlie Billingham
A Voluptuary Under The Horrors Of Digestion

2012

Oil on canvas

180 x 300 cm
Wigged Bum 5
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum 5

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Wigged Bum 6
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum 6

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Wigged Bum 7
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum 7

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Wigged Bum 8
Charlie Billingham
Wigged Bum 8

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bum 5
Charlie Billingham
Bum 5

2012

Oil and acrylic on conservation polyester

100 x 85 cm
Bum 6
Charlie Billingham
Bum 6

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bum 7
Charlie Billingham
Bum 7

2012

Oil and acrylic on conservation polyester

100 x 85 cm
Bum 8
Charlie Billingham
Bum 8

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bonnet 2
Charlie Billingham
Bonnet 2

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bonnet 3 (Elizabeth)
Charlie Billingham
Bonnet 3 (Elizabeth)

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bonnet 4 (Elizabeth)
Charlie Billingham
Bonnet 4 (Elizabeth)

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Bonnet 5
Charlie Billingham
Bonnet 5

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Promenade 2
Charlie Billingham
Promenade 2

2012

Oil and acrylic on canvas

100 x 85 cm
Torn
Charlie Billingham
Torn

2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 85 cm
P.P
Charlie Billingham
P.P

2012

Oil and acrylic on conservation polyester

100 x 85 cm
Text by Ben Street
Installation shot
Charlie Billingham
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Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Markus Amm    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Michael Bauer    Diann Bauer    Dan Bayles    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    David Brooks    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Ana Cvorovic    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Luc Fuller    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    David Humphrey    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Jill Mason    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Jill McKnight    Martin McMurray    Turay Mederic    Robert Melee    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Max Prus    R.H. Quaytman    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Agathe Snow    Martina Steckholzer    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Rafal Topolewski    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Charlie Billingham's BIOGRAPHY

Charlie Billingham
Born in 1984, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
New End Art Foundation, New End Gallery, London
Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy, London

2011
Little White Lies, Aubin Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
Café Gallery, Royal Academy, London

2010
What Is Not But Could Be If, 12 Vyner Street, London

2009
RSA New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2008
Patti Lee, Evolution House, Edinburgh
ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2007
Lomellini Family, Matthew Gallery, Minto House, Edinburgh
To Let, Potterow, Edinburgh