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Bum 15, 2015

Oil and acrylic on linen
39 1/2 × 31 1/2 in
100.3 × 80 cm
location
Los Angeles, New York
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Moran Moran
Los Angeles, New York
Medium
Painting
Charlie Billingham
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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About the work
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Moran Moran
Los Angeles, New York
Medium
Painting
Charlie Billingham
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.

Bum 15, 2015

Oil and acrylic on linen
39 1/2 × 31 1/2 in
100.3 × 80 cm
location
Los Angeles, New York
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