Richard Billingham

Selected works by Richard Billingham

Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 2)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm

"The pictures shown here are of my father Raymond (born 1931): my mother Elisabeth (born 1950) and my brother Jason (born 1977). Ray is a chronic alcoholic and has drunk for as long as I can remember. He has not worked since he was mode redundant from his job as a machinist around 1980. Liz very rarely drinks but she does smoke a lot of cigarettes. My younger brother still does not seem to know what he wants: he gets a job for or week or two and then leaves it. I think he is very lazy."

Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 13)

1996

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm

"I started using a camera about six years ago. I felt I needed some kind of reference material for my paintings as it is quite difficult to get people to give their time to pose for you. I was still living with my dad at the time. Ray stopped in his room almost constantly drinking and sleeping. If he went outside he become ill. He drank to get to sleep. He had a friend from a neighbouring towerblock -himself an alcoholic -  who came around to make strong home-brew for him. This was much cheaper than 'buying' alcohol and meant that Ray didn't have to venture outside to the off-licence. He kept the home-brew bucket by the side of his bed for convenience and drank from a plastic jug that he would dip into the brew. It tasted as bad as it looked but it must hove nourished him somehow because he otherwise never ate. Liz wasn't living with us then: she had left due to Roy's incessant drinking and moaning. She seldom visited."


 

Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 17)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm

"This was all quite sad and I wanted to make paintings about it that were very moving: that would express the tragedy of it all. When I printed up those photographs (I worked in black-and-white then because it was cheaper than colour) I was apprehensive about letting on to anybody about who they were of for fear of becoming unpopular with the other students who were, I believe, all from much more financially and spiritually secure family backgrounds. I was fairly introvert as a teenager because I had always been somewhat embarrassed about the state of my family. Yet after a few months at college I realised that by letting students and, especially, tutors know who the paintings and photographs were really of I could come clean about the family history and hence relate to people naturally. This was quite a load off me and since then I think l've been taking pictures of my close family not just as reference for paintings but also as on attempt to comprehend myself and them more fully."


 

Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 21)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

80 x 120 cm

"I have done very little painting since graduating partly because of a lack of funds for studio space and partly because I has a supermarket job stacking shelves. Instead, I worked on the book 'Ray's a Laugh’ which was published in April. My parents and brother are very happy with the book. Neither I nor they ore shocked by its directness because we're all well-enough acquainted with having to live with poverty. After all, there are millions of other people in Britain living similarly…"

Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 33)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

80 x 120 cm

"It is certainly not my intention to shock, to offend, sensationalise, be political or whatever. Only to make work that is as spiritually meaningful as I can make it. Whatever the medium.”


 


Richard Billingham, May 1996

Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 3)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 6)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

80 x 120 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 11)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

80 x 120 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 20)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

120 x 80 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 21)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

75 x 50 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 22)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

75 x 50 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 25)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

80 x 120 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 28)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 33)

1990

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 35)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 36)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 37)

1994

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

50 x 75 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 49)

1995

Fuji long-life colour print on aluminium

50 x 75 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL30)

1994

Colour mounted on aluminium

75 x 50 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 23)

1994

Colour photograph on aluminium

80 X 120 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (NRAL 4)

1996

Colour photograph on aluminium

158 x 105 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 2)

1993

Colour photograph on aluminium

105 x 158 cm
Richard Billingham
Untitled (RAL 46)

1995

Colour photograph on aluminium

105 X 158 cm

Richard Billingham's Biography

Richard Billingham
Born in 1970, Cradley Heath, West Midlands
Lives and works in Sawnsea, Wales



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

2007-2008
People, Places, Animals, ACCA, Melbourne, Australia

2007
Constable, The Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich
Zoo, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansae
Zoo, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Zoo, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
Zoo, La Fabrica, Madrid
Richard Billingham, ACCA, Melbourne

2006
Zoo, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Black Country, The New Art Gallery, Walsall

2005
Black Country, La Fabrica, Madrid
Black Country, Galleria Marabini, Bologna
Black Country, Galway Arts Festival, Galway
Black Country, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

2004
SintLukas, Brussels
New Forest, ArtSway Galleries, Hampshire

2003
New Pictures, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Trafo – House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest

2002
Fishtank, Temple Bar, Dublin

2000
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (cat.) touring to Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin;
Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen; Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic;
Hasselblad Centre, Göteberg, Sweden; Kunsthalle Willhelmshaven, Germany

1999
British School at Rome, Rome
Galerie Mot & Van den Boogaard, Brussels
Galerie Monica Reitz, Frankfurt am Main

1998
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

1997
Galeria Massimo De Carlo, Milan
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Luhring Augustine, New York

1996
Portfolio Gallery, Edinburgh
National Museum of Film and Photography, Bradford
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Guernsey Photography Festival, St Peter Port, Guernsey
L’énigme du portrait, MAC de Marseille, France
LIVE! Art&Rock that Changed History, Museo Pecci, Prato, Italy
Moving Portraits, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
The Witching Hour: Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny, PM Gallery & House, Ealing, London

2010
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London
The Witching Hour, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
British Photography from the ’70s and ’80s, Krakow Photomonth 2010 Festival, Krakow, Poland
Face History, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
PLAYLIST Moderna Museet, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden
A Horse Walks into a Bar…Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2009
Face History, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Undeniably Me. 1309 Faces, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Black Country, The Public, West Bromwich

2008
The Archer and the Goat, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Galerie du Jour Anges B, Paris
Damaged Romanticism, University of Houston, Texas
Ruination: Photographs of Rome, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham
Through the Lens, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

2007
Landscape Photography, Sadler’s Wells, London
Between Today and Yesterday, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Gtr. Manchester
The Photographer’s Contract, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
7th International Photo Triennial, Esslingen
Fishtank, Holburne Museum of Fine Art, Bath

2006
Out of Place, New Art Gallery, Walsall
Autonomia, Galerie LUMC, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Shoot the Family, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan
The Photographer’s Contract, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Museum Mrsbroich, Leverkusen
Beso de Culebra - Kiss of the Snaky, Garash Gallery, Mexco City
Check-in Europe - Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art, EPO, München
Inheritance, Olympus, The Music Rooms, London
Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now, Tatel Liverpool (cat.)
Responding to Rome, Estorick Collection London

2005
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris.
Appearance, Whitehall Waterfront, Leeds (cat.)
Liminal Britain, University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton
Lismore Castle, County Waterford, Ireland (cat.)
Bidibibodibiboo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
Miradas y Conceptos, MEIAC, Badajoz
New Forest, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice
Radical and Modest, Ben Uri Gallery, London
The Dream of Myself, the Dream of the World, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Wintherthur
Picture of Britain, Tate Britain, London
Critics Choice, FACT, Liverpool
The House In The Middle, The Impressions Gallery of Photography, York
The House In The Middle, Tower Art Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne
Shoot The Family, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Contemporanea, Fondacion Juan March, Madrid
Generation X: Junge Kunst aus der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg

2004
Playstation, Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Sometime, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
Pillish: Harsch Realities and Gorgeous Destinations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver
The House In The Middle, Photoworks, Brighton
Cold Play – set 1 from the collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Reed Exhibitions – Paris Photo, Paris
Hors-d'oeuvre: Ordre et desordres de la nourriture, capc Musee d'art conteporain de Bordeaux
Tape 291, 291 Gallery, London
Social Strategies, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY
Stranger than Fiction, City Art Gallery, Leeds (Arts Council touring exhibitions) (cat.)

2003
Love over Gold, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
La creazione ansiosa , Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Palazzo Forti, Verona (cat.)
Picture of You, Galeria Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona
A Bigger Splash: British Art from Tate 1960 – 2003, Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez, São Paulo (cat.)
Richard Billingham, House of Contemporary Arts, Trafó Gallery, Budapest
A Period Eye, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich
Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism, University of California, Santa Barbara and tour
The Family, The Gallery, Windsor, Florida (cat.)
Home Sweet Home, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus (cat.)
The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes, Stazione Leopolda, Florence (cat.)

2002
Comer o no Comer, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca (cat.)
Yuko Shiraishi: Episode, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
Location: UK, Gimpel Fils Gallery, London
Lifesize - International Photography Festival, National Gallery of Art, Rome
Family, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Connecticut (cat.)
In the Freud Museum, Freud Museum, London
Private Affairs, Kunst Haus, Dresden (cat.)
The Saatchi Gift, National Touring Exhibitions, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Intimacy, The Lowry, Salford
TABU – Mavericks und heisse Eisen, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz (cat.)

2001
Heart of Glass, mirror – London College of Printing, London
Turner Prize exhibition, Tate Britain, London (cat.)
The Dark, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Emotional Ties, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
Milano Europa, Milan
The Glen Dimplex Artists Award Exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (cat.)
Valencia Biennale, Valencia (cat.)
49th Venice Biennale, Venice (cat.)
New Acquisitions from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Athens
Give & Take, Serpentine Gallery, London
I Am a Camera, Saatchi Gallery, London (cat.)

2000
Tate Modern Members room, London
Cities/Faces, centre régional de Cherbourg-Octeville
Scene de la vie conjugale, Villa Arson, Nice
Bleibe – ein Projekt von ‘art in dialog’ (Jorg & Karen van der Berg, Universitat
itten/Herdecke), Akademie der Kunste, Berlin
Body Beautiful, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
warningSHOTS, Royal Armouries, Leeds
The Sleep of Reason, Norwich Gallery and tour (cat.)
Through the Looking Glass: Artists investigating family life, University of Essex (cat.)
Quotidiana, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (cat.)

1999
Close-Ups, Contemporary Art and Carl Th. Dreyer, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen (cat.)
Centre for the Arts, Montreal (cat., le mois de la photo a montreal 1999)
Interior Britannia: Richard Billingham/Anna Fox, Saidye Bronfman
Officina Europa, Villa delle Rose, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna and tour (cat.)
Endzeit, Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich
Common People, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene (cat.)
La Casa, Il Corpo, Il Cuore, 20er Haus, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (cat.)
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
International Neurotic Realism: Bern Now!, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
Janviers en Bourgogne: Xn, L’Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône

1998
Mois de la Photographie, galerie Agnès b., Paris
Family, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
Remix, Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes
Malos Habitos, Galerie Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (cat.)
Sensation: Young British Artist from the Saatchi Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof,
Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin (cat.)
Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich
Life is a Bitch, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam (cat.)
Edinburgh Film and Television Festival, Edinburgh
U.K.Maximum Diversity, Benger Areal, Bregenz
7de Zomer van de Fotografie, Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerp
Not Strictly Private, Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld
Le Printemps de Cahors, Cahors (cat.)
Women, Galerie Klemens Gasser und Tanja Grunert, Cologne
Close Echoes, Public Body and Artificial Space, City Gallery, Prague; Kunsthalle, Krems
cat.)
Wounds. Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet,
Stockholm (cat.)
Head First, City Art Gallery, Leicester and tour

1997
Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern
Private Face-Urban Space, Gasworks, Athens; L. Kanakakis Municipal Gallery of Rethymnon, Crete (cat.)
Strange Days, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan (cat.)
Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, The Royal Academy, London (cat.)
Pictura Britannica, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia,
Adelaide, Te Papa, New Zealand (cat.)
Home Sweet Home, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg: Engel: Engel, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (cat.)
Observaties/Observations, Recent acquisitions, PTT Museum, The Hague (cat.)
Vis-à-vi(e)s, Galerie Art et Essai, Université Rennes 2, Rennes (cat.)
The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize, Royal College of Art, London (cat.)
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
SIAFO, Seoul

1996
Full House, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Blick von innen, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt-am-Main
Photos Leurres, Mois de la Photo, Galerie de Jour Agnès B, Paris (cat.)
New Photography 12, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Life/Live, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Fundação das Descobertas, Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisboa (cat.)
Galerie du Jour Agnès B, Paris
‘Radical Images’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Szombathely, Hungary
‘Radical Images’, Second Austrian Triennal on Photography, Graz
Herkunft? Fotomuseum Winterthur (cat.)
Passage à l’acte, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London

1995
Night and Day, Anthony Reynolds Gallery

1994
Who’s Looking at the Family? Barbican Art Gallery, London (cat.)