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Charlie Billingham

British, b. 1984

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Charlie Billingham

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British, b. 1984

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A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools in London, British painter Charlie Billingham draws inspiration from Regency-era illustrations, recreating their satirical, often politicized content into bright works on canvas that serve as a what he calls “a symbol of a certain type of taste.” A rainbow of powdered wigs, plumed bonnets, sagging britches, and full-figured bottoms dance across his paintings; the repetition of these motifs places them in a detached historical context, so that they become merely decoration, like an attractive wallpaper. Billingham also experiments with sculptural works, painting antique screens and furniture and installing multi-media exhibitions that include these pieces alongside oil paintings. More recently, he has employed the help of a hydraulic pressing company to flatten out saxophones, which he then coats freely in thick layers of paint, channeling the spirit of improvisational jazz.

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A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools in London, British painter Charlie Billingham draws inspiration from Regency-era illustrations, recreating their satirical, often politicized content into bright works on canvas that serve as a what he calls “a symbol of a certain type of taste.” A rainbow of powdered wigs, plumed bonnets, sagging britches, and full-figured bottoms dance across his paintings; the repetition of these motifs places them in a detached historical context, so that they become merely decoration, like an attractive wallpaper. Billingham also experiments with sculptural works, painting antique screens and furniture and installing multi-media exhibitions that include these pieces alongside oil paintings. More recently, he has employed the help of a hydraulic pressing company to flatten out saxophones, which he then coats freely in thick layers of paint, channeling the spirit of improvisational jazz.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
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Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Articles Featuring Charlie Billingham
Why LISTE Remains the Art World’s Epicenter of Emerging Art 20 Years On
Jun 16th, 2015
Why LISTE Remains the Art World’s Epicenter of Emerging Art 20 Years On
Up and Coming: Charlie Billingham Dusts off Regency England with Jazz-Inspired Paintings and Sculptures
Dec 19th, 2014
Up and Coming: Charlie Billingham Dusts off Regency England with Jazz-Inspired Paintings and Sculptures
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