Archive for November, 2012

 

Colours Of Christmas ~ The Blake Gallery Exhibition

Colours Of Christmas

Chris Billington at The Blake Gallery

A selection of 22 new works that I have painted especially for The Blake Gallery in Gravesham in Kent will go on show during the month of December, including my 2012 Christmas Card painting, which of course has it’s customary cosmic character.

Five Gold Rings (2012) ~ Chris Billington

Five Gold Rings (2012) ~ Chris Billington

This exhibition of paintings features some of the traditional images of Christmas, presented in my usual contemporary and colourful way, and it includes elements of Kent, and Gravesend in particular, a place which I am most pleased to be returning to for the first time in over forty years.

Christmas Under the Clock Tower - Gravesham (2012) ~ Chris Billington

Christmas Under the Clock Tower – Gravesham (2012)
Chris Billington

‘Colours Of Christmas’ is a landmark show for me as it is my first major exhibition in a public gallery in the UK to take place outside of Cornwall, and it follows on from my two man show at The Bristol Gallery with Sir Peter Blake in 2010.

There is an exhibition catalogue to accompany the show which is available on request direct from me or at The Blake Gallery.

‘Colours Of Christmas’ the exhibition takes place at The Blake Gallery from December 3 – December 28 inclusive and there will be a Launch Evening on Tuesday December 4th from 6.30pm – 9pm.

The Blake Gallery
THE WOODVILLE
Woodville Place
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1DD
01474 337774

The Blake Gallery

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Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at the ARThouse Gallery

Some of my paintings will be on show alongside works from a selection of gallery artists in the ARThouse Gallery Christmas Show.

On Thin Ice ~ 100cm x 80cm ~ The ARTHouse Gallery ~ Chris Billington

On Thin Ice ~ 100cm x 80cm ~ The ARTHouse Gallery ~ Chris Billington

There will be a Private View for the opening evening on Thursday 29th November from 5 – 8pm at which Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served and The Christmas Show will continue until Saturday 21st December.

The ARThouse Gallery
22 Post Office Road
Bournemouth
BH1 1BA

The ARThouse Gallery

Full details of my solo Christmas Exhibition at The Blake Gallery in Kent will be posted over the weekend.

 

 




Jackson’s Art Advent Calendar

Jackson's Artists Advent Calendar

 

 

I am delighted to have been asked to feature in the Jackson’s Artists Advent Calendar which has been set up by Jackson’s Arts on the Specialmoves free website ~ 24 Days Of Happiness ~ for anyone to add 24 images which can be viewed each day starting from 1st December.   The image for my work was chosen from my portfolio by Jackson’s themselves

There is an App which is completely free to use, but calendar-makers are encouraged to make a £2 voluntary donation to the fantastic child mentoring charity Friendship Works.
Specialmoves are aiming to raise at least £5000 this Christmas to help them give better life chances to young people who need stronger social support networks.

Further information can be found on Jackson’s Art Blog 

And the Jackson’s Artists Calendar can be seen at the link below, but the images will not start arriving until the 1st December.

Jackson’s Artists Calendar




The 29th Day @ Peter Klashorst Gallery : Amsterdam

‘The 29th Day’ and my other two designs for Sequoia Tees, ‘Magnetic Sun’ and ‘BIG BANG’ will be on exhibition in early December in Amsterdam, alongside works from a selection of other artists involved in the Sequoia Tees Limited Edition project.

The 29th Day ~ Chris Billington

The 29th Day ~ Chris Billington

The exhibition will take place at Peter Klashorst Gallery on December 1st and 2nd and promises to be another exciting event staged by Sequoia Tees’ Director Remko Spaan.

Sequoia Tees Exhibition ~ Amsterdam

Peter Klashorst Gallery
Spuistraat 219
Amsterdam

Opening times 4-8pm




The New Studio

The new studio build.

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 1

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 1

My brief was a studio that was simple in design but one that would maximise the space on a gently sloping piece of ground in the corner of my garden.

I decided on a timber build and after much research settled on a London based company to carry out the project.

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 2

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 2

The build is faultless, everything from the heavily constructed and concreted in base through to the insulated roof has been constructed with care and precision. All timber is pressure treated and the cavity walls are fully insulated, as is the roof and floor, which is complete with DPC. The hardwood double glazed anti UV reflective ‘A’ rated windows are first class and naturally the building has a warm feel.

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 3

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 3

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 4

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 4

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 5

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 5

The studio is set back further from my original workspace in the house but the view of the estuary and boatyard is still good and by the way, the flooring that you can see in the photo’s is a cushion floor which I have put in, underneath which is a wooden floor.

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 6

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 6

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 7

Chris Billington ~ The New Studio ~ Build 7

Part constructed in the workshop, my new studio, platform and decking was built on site in 8 days.

If you are in need of a wooden building I cannot recommend Shane highly enough, he is professional, polite, and a complete expert with wood, furthermore he will work anywhere in the UK and even in Northern France. As for value for money, nobody came anywhere near him in terms of price, and to top it all the building and workmanship are fully guaranteed for 2 years. The only drawback is that due to word of mouth he is always busy and you will have to wait a few months for your building but I would be most happy to pass on any genuine enquiries.




Colours Of Christmas at The Blake Gallery

The Blake Gallery ~ Colours Of Christmas ~ Chris Billington

As we are now in November I thought it time to mention my forthcoming Blake Gallery exhibition in Kent.

Over the next 7-10 days I will be putting the finishing touches to my work for my ‘Colours Of Christmas’ exhibition which is to be held at The Blake Gallery, Gravesham’s premier contemporary space.

There will be 22 paintings on show and for those of you that know my work I am sure there will be one or two surprises. I am thrilled to be showing my work at The Blake Gallery, with it’s obvious connection to Sir Peter Blake, with whom I had a 2 man show at The Bristol Gallery in 2010, and so named after Sir Peter who trained at Gravesend School Of Art.

The exhibition runs through Christmas from December 3 – December 28 and full details will be published soon.

The Blake Gallery




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