David Batchelor Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

David Batchelor
Brick Lane Remix I


Shelving Units, found light boxes, fluorescent light, vinyl, acrylic sheet, cable, plugboards

204 x 435 x 38 cm
David Batchelor makes sculptural installations from objects found in the streets of London, hollowed, stacked and given a new life as empty but brightly coloured light boxes or as unlit composites. Consistent throughout his works is the lurking familiarity of the material leftovers of modern life, from factory scrap to disused or broken domestic items, re-purposed into hypnotic, beautifully patterned objects presenting a distillation of colour’s presence in our everyday environment.
David Batchelor
Parapillar 7 (Multicolour)


Steel support with plastic, metal, rubber, painted wood and feather objects

267 x 78 x 78 cm
“When I make works from light boxes (such as Brick Lane Remix, 2003), or old plastic bottles with lights inside, I hope the illumination suspends their objecthood to some degree and makes the viewer see them a little differently – see them as colours before seeing them as objects.” The brightest possible palette fills the range of neon-lit columns, modular crates, spherical shapes, and unlit clusters (such as Parapillar, 2006), the artist’s “vehicles for colour.”

Batchelor is interested in reconsidering colour theories from a contemporary context, which he explores in Chromophobia (2000), a book dedicated to the subject. His dazzlingly saturated objects reconsider the tension between form and the very materiality of colour, perhaps with a wink to earlier forms of light and neon art. “I often use colour to attack form, to break it down a little or begin to dissolve it. But I am not at all interested in ‘pure’ colour or in colour as a transcendental presence… So if I use colours to begin to dissolve forms, I also use forms to prevent colours becoming entirely detached from their everyday existence.”

David Batchelor's Biography

David Batchelor
Born in 1955, in Dundee, Scotland
Lives and works in London


Chromophilia,Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro

Backlights, Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo

Unplugged (Remix),Wilkinson Gallery, London

South Bank Spectrum,South Bank Centre,Christmas Lights Commission, London

Ten Silhouettes, Gloucester Road Underground Station, London

Shiny Dirty. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

The Spectrum of Hackney Road, Wilkinson Gallery, London.

Barrier, 38 Langham Street, London.

Shiny-Dirty, Habitat, London.

Electric Colour Tower, Sadlers Wells, London.
Apocalypstick, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London.

Monochromobiles, The Economist Plaza, London.

Shelf-Like, Frame-Like, Note-Like, Byam Shaw School of Art, London.
Polymonochromes, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Polymonochrome Drawings, Soho House, London.

Serial Colour, Curtain Road Arts, London.


Shape Of Things To Come: New Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action,White Cube, London
Open Light in Private Spaces: Biennale fur Internationale Lichtkunst,multiple venues, Unna, Germany
The Gathering,Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Party, New Art Gallery, Walsall
A Twighlight Art
Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York

Presque Rein III,Laure Genillard Gallery, London
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, Tate Liverpool
Kaleidoscopic Revolver,Hanjiyun Contemporary Space, Beijing
Total Museum, Seoul
Better than Grey
Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

Sculpture from the Scrapyard,Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Conversations,Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Irony & Gesture, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Folkestone Triennial,various venues, Folkestone
Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York

David Batchelor & Nikolai Suetin,Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Shifting Ground,Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Echo Room, Alcala 31, Madrid
Abstraction: Extracting From the World, Millenium Galleries, Sheffiled

A noir, E blanche, I rouge, U vert, O blue: Farben,Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
Edinburgh Art Festival,off-site projects at the Palm House, Botanic Gardens and Old School, Edinburgh
Thread, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Backdrop, Bloomberg Space, London

Radiance,Off-site projects in the Merchants’ Quarter, Glasgow
Double Meaning,Galeria Leme,Sao Paulo, Brazil
Extreme Abstraction,Albright Knox Art Gallery,Buffalo, New York
Contrabandistas de Imágenes,Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile
Untitled,Marc Selwyn Gallery, Los Angeles

26th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Sodium and Asphelt, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City
Some Versions of Light, The Telephone Repeater Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Chromosexuals, Galleri Bouhlou, Bergen
One Night Stand, Pearl at El Montan Motor Hotel

In Good Form: Recent Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection, Longside Gallery
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Primary Colours, City Gallery, Leicester
Embargo, Aubery Square, London
Days Like These, Tate Triennale, Tate Britain.

Furori Uso, Ferrotel, Pescara, Italy.
Colour Love, Johnson County Comunity College, Kansas.
New Religious Art, Liverpool Biennal, Liverpool.

Ruby, PEARL, London
The Magic Hour: Art and Las Vegas, Neue Galerie, Graz, curated by Alez Farquharson.
Other Britannia, FundacionMarcelino Botin, Santander, Spain.
Amidst Concrete, Clay and General Decay, Konstfack Gallery, Stockholm
Millenium Commision, Norwich Gallery, Norwich.
Other Britannia, TeclaSala, Barcelona.

Perdify, La Tourette, France and Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
British Art Show 5, Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham.
Fact and Value, Charlottenberg Palace, Copenhagen.
Give and Take, Jerwood Space, London

Limit Less, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna (curated by Matthew Higgs).
POSTMARK: An Abstract Effect, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Then and Now, Lisson Gallery, London.

East International, The Sainsbury Centre/Norwich School of Art, Norwich.

Station Transformation, Central Bus Station, Tel Aviv.
Abstractions, Byam Shaw, Concourse Gallery, London

Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Approaches to Realism, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Goldsmiths Gallery, London.
Rotation, Esther Schipper Gallery, Cologne.