Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Charlie Billingham

Another contemporary artist who has come to my attention lately is Charlie Billingham whose paintings are just plain glorious.  Billingham appropriates British satirical prints from our favourite century into his paintings.  Cropping the famous prints, sometimes stretching them, and using bright, exciting colours and loose lines, Billingham takes out the old social and political message (and context all together), adding mystery to these images which, if you've never seen them, could be quite indecipherable to begin with.  Let's take a look.



Billingham has recently had shows at Saatchi Gallery, and I am sure there will be more to come so keep your eyes peeled!

3 comments:

  1. I like these, did he pick mainly fashion satires to use in his art or is that your choice?

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  2. I'd say he mostly chooses fashion satires. I also saw that he did a series with Stubbs images.

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  3. Off subject but I watched a PBS special on HighClere. Have you visited? Looked fab.

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